It has been a nearly perfect dream season for the Eagles as they came out of nowhere to secure the NFC East, the first seed in the conference, and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. So why do the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl odds have them as a longer shot to win it all behind the Minnesota Vikings?
As the NFL season enters the seventeenth and final week of the year, the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl odds are currently 8/1. The Vikings, who can finish no higher than the second seed, are currently 5/1 according to Vegas Insider.
What's the deal?
The deal is actually pretty simple and has nothing to do with logic and everything to do with public perception.
When Eagles' starting QB Carson Wentz went down for the season during his club's huge 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams in early December, the betting public thought Philly was toast (or at the very least, incapable of going deep in the playoffs).
Apparently they forgot their backup quarterback is more than serviceable for a legit Super Bowl run.
Nick Foles has filled in for Wentz nicely thus far in leading his squad to wins over the Giants and Raiders to lock down the number one seed. In those two wins, Foles threw for 400 yards, 5 touchdowns, and most importantly of all just 1 interception.
And remember, this is the same Nick Foles that threw for nearly 3,000 yards, 27 touchdowns, and just 2 picks in only 13 games with the Eagles back in 2013.
Super Bowl Odds Entering Week 17
Foles and company take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in a game so meaningless that unless the four teams above them with better Super Bowl odds suffer devestating injuries, expect Philly to remain around 8/1 until after next weekend's Wild Card round.
Here's the rest of the Lombardi Trohpy odds for the nine clubs that have clinched a playoff birth and the others looking to do so this Sunday.
|New England Patriots||2/1|
|New Orleans Saints||10/1|
|Los Angeles Rams||10/1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||14/1|
|Los Angeles Chargers||66/1|