Eagles the great unknown

28 January 2018 20:16:49 GMTPlus11

The Philadelphia Eagles enter the Super Bowl next Sunday against the New England Patriots as the top seed in the NFC after a strong 13-3 regular season.

Led by quarterback Carson Wentz, the Eagles overcame a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and former head coach Andy Reid, at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 2 of the season, to brush all before them.

The Washington Redskins, twice, the New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, pre Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears were no match for the Eagles.

At 10-1 on the season, Philadelphia appeared the presumptive favorite not only in the NFC, but also the NFL.

A 24-10 loss to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle seemed nothing more than a hiccup, but the victory over the Rams in Los Angeles the following week was a massive blow for the Eagles who lost Wentz to a season ending injury.

Indeed reports this week indicate that the 25-year old tore more than his ACL and a return for the first regular season game of 2018 may be a little optimistic.

Moreover healing and being back to peak performance are two very different metrics and it is likely it will be 2019 before Wentz is fully fit.

Back up Nick Foles oversaw wins over the Giants and Oakland Raiders down the stretch before an ugly 6-0 loss to the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on the final day of the regular season when Philadelphia pulled most of their starters knowing that the top seed was already clinched.

The Eagles are 2.70 to win the Super Bowl, while the Patriots are 1.50. Philadelphia are 1.90 with a 4.5-spread in their favour.

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