Regardless of the team they’ve chosen to be loyal to, there’s a common thread that connects NFL fans. Human nature sometimes forces us to overreact to what we’ve just seen. All you have to do is point to everything that’s happened since we watched the Philadelphia Eagles barely eke out a victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 1.
Every throw, run, and decision made by Jalen Hurts is second-guessed. If he does something great, he’s the second coming of Russell Wilson and mentioned in the MVP conversation. If he’s off target at any point of any football game or misses a read, ‘he sucks’.
People seem to have forgotten that his next start will be his 22nd (if we’re counting his first playoff start last season).
As if that isn’t wild enough, we’ve also seen statements suggesting that we’ve overvalued Philly, but almost as soon as that happened, there was another conversation that began. A scare in Week 1 hasn’t shaken the faith that some of the experts have in this team.
FanDuel gives the Eagles the second-best odds of reaching Super Bowl LVII in February.
There’s no need to restart your devices. This isn’t a misprint. All offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have been adjusting to something, entering the regular season with the expectations that they should be primed for a deep playoff run. FanDuel takes it a step further.
They give the Birds the second-best odds of any team in the National Football Conference to reach football’s biggest game, Super Bowl LVII.14 teams will earn postseason berths (as you know). Here are the 14 teams FanDuel says have the best odds of playing their way into a game in Glendale, Arizona.
- Buffalo Bills
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Los Angeles Rams
- Green Bay Packers
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Baltimore Ravens
- Minnesota Vikings
- San Francisco 49ers
- Denver Broncos
- Indianapolis Colts
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Miami Dolphins
As you can see, if this winds up being representative of how the regular season plays out, Vegas has more faith in a few of the expected Wild Card teams, the L.A. Chargers for example, than they have in some of the division winners. You get the idea though.
Sure, it’s only the second week of the regular season, and none of these teams shouldn’t look any further ahead than the next game that’s on their schedule, but this is interesting. The Eagles finished the 2020 season with a 4-11-1 record. Just knowing we’re speaking of them in the manner that we are is encouraging.
Fingers are crossed. Hopefully, better days and long stretches of good football are ahead.