Jan 31, 2014; New York, NY, USA; General view of the Vince Lombardi Trophy prior to a press conference at Rose Theater in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles A Super Bowl Favorite?

I watched every second of the NFL preseason opener between the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants. Why? Because football.

It’s been such a long time since actual football has actually been played. With the way the Eagles’ season ended in the playoffs, it took a lot of the fun out of watching the rest of the postseason. Then the Super Bowl was a dud. The last time I, and I’d bet most other Eagles’ fans, had fun watching a professional football game was Week 17 at Dallas.

That was a long time ago, so, again, football was on television Sunday night. It wasn’t particularly good football, but it was, nonetheless, football.

In the postgame, Al Michaels asked Cris Collinsworth his thoughts on who would win the Super Bowl. The analyst who was openly cheering for the Dallas Cowboys in that Week 17 game actually picked your Philadelphia Eagles.

I was stunned. I expected any number of different teams to emerge from Collinsworth’s mouth, but not the Eagles. Jimmy Kempski over at Philly.com has the quote in his story here.

Pretty stunning stuff from Collinsworth, just based on everything the man had said about the Eagles previously.

With that comment in mind, I took a trip over to VegasInsider.com to get an idea on just how out of left field this thought is. According to their Super Bowl odds, the Eagles are the 10th most likely team to win the Super Bowl, with odds at 28-to-1. They trail the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers, and are just ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions.

I don’t think either source is correct here. Collinsworth has the Eagles too high. They might be a sexy pick, but they’re not ready yet. Next year I can see them making a serious push, but this is too soon.

But 10th? After the Steelers? And the Bears? Are you kidding me, Vegas?

In the end, this is just fun stuff to talk about. Now, at least we can talk about it with a game just a few days away.

Yes, football is back.


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