NFC Championship: Philadelphia Eagles are, again, home underdogs

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Nick Foles
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Nick Foles /

For the second time in two playoff games, the Philadelphia Eagles are the underdogs. This time, the NFC Championship Game is the stage.

They warned you about disrespecting them, didn’t they? The Philadelphia Eagles, home underdogs in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs took care of business against the visiting Atlanta Falcons. Now, with the NFC Championship Game on the horizon, they’ll get to post a little more added motivation around the Novacare Complex.

Las Vegas, much like they did one week ago, isn’t giving the Eagles a shot in their home stadium. According to Sportsbookreview.comevery odds maker favors the Minnesota Vikings by 3.5 points. The only exception is youwager, who also favors the Vikings but only by three points.

If the Eagles were bothered by being labeled as home underdogs a week ago, you might imagine that this may give them even more motivation.

Only four teams remain.

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In the NFC Divisional Round, the Eagles disposed of last year’s league MVP, quarterback Matt Ryan. They did just enough to limit, arguably, the game’s best receiver, Julio Jones. That includes keeping the ball out of his hands on the Falcons’ final offensive play. They got just enough out of their skill players and quarterback, Nick Foles.

Apparently, that wasn’t enough for the guys in Vegas to show Philly some love. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum isn’t exactly Matt Ryan. Still, based on what we’re seeing, the theory is he’s capable of doing something that the more accomplished quarterback couldn’t.

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Then again, maybe no one believes that the Eagles can make enough offensive plays against an excellent Vikings defense. Who knows what the reasoning is behind the point spread. Here’s what we do know. The Eagles have overcome just about everything this season. Maybe it makes sense that, in order to reach football’s biggest game, they’d have to defy the odds one more time.

It sure would make for a great story.