Once again, the Philadelphia Eagles are considered to be the biggest underdogs in the NFL Playoffs in 2019.
The Philadelphia Eagles have made the playoffs. It wasn’t easy, and it almost didn’t happen, but now all of that is in the past. This upcoming Sunday, the Eagles will travel to take on the Chicago Bears for the final matchup of the first round. As expected, Philly will be playing the roles of the underdogs yet again, as they just made it to the tournament as the sixth seed in the conference.
Seeing as though the Eagles have won their last three matchups, two of which were against playoff caliber teams, they could be viewed as one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. Unfortunately, the national media doesn’t exactly see it that way though. The underdogs will be barking once again, as the Eagles are still being overlooked by the major media world ahead of their Wild Card matchup this week.
Recently, ESPN put together an NFL Power Rankings list, which features all 12 of the teams who made it into the playoffs. And out of 12 teams that were listed, the Eagles are ranked all the way at the bottom. 12 out of 12 for the 9-7 team, who is currently trotting out their backup quarterback, who was in the same position a year ago.
Here’s what ESPN has to say about the Eagles:
"What could be better for the Eagles than sneaking into the playoffs with Nick Foles behind center (ribs permitting) and a bunch of league insiders ranking them last in the field? Earning a first-round bye with Carson Wentz would be much better, obviously. But, like Pederson was saying, just get into the tournament. The Eagles have done that, and now they’ll face another team known for its offensive trickery.An evaluator thought the Eagles missed their 2017 offensive coordinator [Reich] and quarterbacks coach [John DeFilippo]. But the Eagles are 4-1 with Foles in the lineup this season. That includes a 30-23 road victory over the Rams and a 32-30 home victory over Houston in the past three weeks. “Their running game is not what it was and the secondary is a little scary, but their defense is good and their front four can be dominant,” an evaluator said."
The media still hasn’t learned their lesson
At this point, it seems like the Eagles identity as the underdogs will forever be in play. However, we all do understand that this Eagles team is not the same as last year. Last season, the Eagles were dominant pretty much all year long. This season, they are heating up at the right time. Yes, on paper the Eagles look like the weakest team in the playoffs considering the ridiculous amount of injuries that they have suffered. But guess what? None of that matters.
We know how this story played out last year. The Eagles had a ton of injuries on offense and defense and were without their franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. And what do you know? Nick Foles leads the charge and plays out of his mind for a solid stretch, and the Eagles were eventually crowned Super Bowl Champs.
It’s not going to be as easy this year considering there’s no bye or home-field advantage for Philly. But to assume that this team is truly going to play like the worst team in the playoffs this week would be bogus. If anything, the Eagles could be considered the hottest team in the NFC right now. Just ask those guys in Los Angeles. Look out, because the underdogs are barking once again.