Eagles clinch the Beast title

The Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC East title without ever leaving their couches Sunday. The New York Giants' 45-17 loss in Green Bay on Sunday assured the Eagles (10-4) of an outright division title as they prepare for Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Eagles could still secure the NFC's No. 2 seed in the playoffs, but they'll need some help from the Packers again next Sunday. The Bears improved to 11-4 on the season with a win over the Jets on Sunday. Chicago will finish the season with a game against the Packers, who need to win to make the playoffs. The Bears own the tiebreaker over the Eagles by virtue of their win at Soldier Field. That was the only game that Michael Vick lost this season in which he started and finished.

The Eagles can't do any worse than a No. 3 seed in the playoffs at this point. But with the No. 2 seed possibly on the line, there's no way Andy Reid will rest some of his starters in the season finale against the Cowboys. Of course, that strategy could change if the Eagles lose at home to the Vikings on Tuesday.

Philadelphia will have a quick turnaround before hosting Dallas next Sunday. The Cowboys will be playing on seven days' rest. And it's too soon to know whether Jon Kitna (hip) or Stephen McGee will start against the Eagles. We'll keep you posted.

By the way, I'm now told the Eagles are offering NFC East division championship merchandise on their team Web site.