Eagles have home field advantage

28 December 2017 05:00:25 GMTPlus11

The Philadelphia Eagles secured the home field advantage throughout the playoffs on Monday with a 19-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field.

Whether it will matter is of course the issue with Philadelphia who are without quarterback Carson Wentz for the rest of the season.

Back up Nick Foles has stepped in to lead the Eagles to victory over the New York Giants and the Raiders, but there needs to be a lot of improvement in his overall game if Philadelphia are to avoid an upset in the postseason. Foles completed 19-of-38 for 163 yards and one touchdown while also being picked off once in the Christmas Day triumph.

The Dallas Cowboys are next up on New Year's Eve in the regular season finale, also in Philadelphia, before the Eagles get the bye week and wait to see what the Wild Card weekend brings.

Philadelphia played the Los Angeles Rams, Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks in the regular campaign, with one of their two defeats on the year coming to the Seahawks in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle of course, is no guarantee to make the playoffs as they battle the Atlanta Falcons for the sixth seed.

Case Keenum has filled in admirably for the Minnesota Vikings, but the problem with back up quarterbacks, and the general degradation of the product as a fan experience, is something the league really should address when they negotiate their next CBA with the players.

The Eagles are 3.25 to win the Super Bowl and the Vikings are priced at 3.20.

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