Eagles vulnerable without Wentz

04 January 2018 04:53:11 GMTPlus11

The Philadelphia Eagles enter the post-season with the top record in the NFC, but with questions about their back-up quarterback.

With Carson Wentz leading the way, the Eagles would have been an overwhelming favorite to carry all before them in the play-offs.

Each and every other team has fundamental flaws, while Philadelphia appeared to be set up for a deep run and quite possibly their first Super Bowl victory.

However, the loss of Wentz for the season has once more laid bare a fundamental problem in the NFL, that the salary cap prevents teams from having quality back-ups, and that the quality of the product suffers greatly when a starting signal caller is injured.

Sometimes, like Case Keenum in Minnesota, a team gets fortunate, but long gone are the days when a team like the San Francisco 49ers could have a Steve Young wait behind a Joe Montana for his opportunity to play.

Sunday it was third stringer Nate Sudfeld who took most of the snaps for the Eagles in a 6-0 loss to the visiting Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Originally selected in the 6th round in 2016 by the Washington Redskins, Sudfeld is out of Indiana and was 19-of-23 for 134 yards in his NFL debut.

For now the Eagles will take the extra week that they Wild Card Weekend has given them to try and get Nick Foles firing on all cylinders.

Should the Atlanta Falcons upset the Los Angeles Rams in LA, then Philadelphia will host the Falcons in the Divisional round, otherwise the winner of the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers will be the opponent.

The Eagles are 2.37 to win the NFC Championship, with the Vikings 1.57 and the Falcons 1213.00.

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