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The Eagles can win without Foles

Mark Sanchez was 15-of-22 for 202 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Nick Foles on Sunday. Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a game in hand and the Dallas Cowboys faltering with the latest Tony Romo injury, it looked like the Philadelphia Eagles would be able to forge a clear gap between themselves and the Cowboys heading into Week 9.

But on Sunday they suffered a quarterback problem of their own, as Nick Foles was knocked out of their game against the Houston Texans in the first quarter. Even worse, the prognosis for Foles and his broken collarbone is unclear; however, to put it in perspective, Aaron Rodgers took seven weeks to recover from a similar issue last year.

So was this incident an unmitigated disaster with Mark Sanchez now taking the helm at QB?

As with many things, the answer is not as simple as it may first appear. Based on several signs, it appears the Eagles will still make the playoffs, even with Sanchez having to man the position for an extended period of time. Here's why: