Eagles are underdogs once more

24 January 2018 03:57:25 GMTPlus11

The Philadelphia Eagles will be the underdogs in the postseason for the third consecutive game when they face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

A season ending injury to quarterback Carson Wentz saw Philadelphia limp down the stretch and appear to be a candidate for a playoff upset despite the best record in the NFC and the top seed.

Instead, the Eagles have defeated the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings, the latter impressively in the NFC Championship game this past weekend.

Wentz's replacement, Nick Foles, was 26-of-33 for 352 yards and three touchdowns in the 38-7 rout and Philadelphia would absolutely take a similar performance in the Super Bowl at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Foles has ability and was a Pro Bowl quarterback in 2013 before bouncing around the league.

The problem is that you never know which version of Foles will turn up.

Play like the game against Minnesota and the Eagles will win the Super Bowl. Conversely, a repeat performance of the game against the Oakland Raiders and Tom Brady will be parading with the Super Bowl trophy.

On the ground Jay Ajayi rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries and LeGarrette Blount had 21 yards and a score while the defense picked off Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum twice with Patrick Robinson returning one for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Keenum, along with Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater, is a free agent this offseason and it will be curious to see if the Vikings attempt to lock down the former Houston Cougar.

The Eagles areĀ 2.87 for the Super Bowl, with the Patriots priced at 1.44.

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