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The Philly Underdogs Were Never Concerned About The Mighty Odds

What is it that makes this Philadelphia Eagles team so remarkable? The truth is, it’s a lot of things. When the regular season started back in September, it’s safe to say the majority of Philly fans weren’t thinking Super Bowl. I thought the team had the potential to be a 10-6 team and a slight chance to steal the NFC East crown. The mighty odds were against these Eagles and they never concerned.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson; entering his second season; still looked like he was figuring things out. Quarterback Carson Wentz wasn’t supposed to become an MVP candidate, and the defense didn’t have that elite feeling to it. So, what happened? We thought we knew who these Eagles were but we didn’t. 

Carson Wentz Wasn’t Supposed To Be This Good In The Dawn Of His Career

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz proved in his rookie season that he could dabble in the National Football League. He demonstrated that he could make the throws and he can manipulate the pocket. His promising performances were enough to give the city of Philadelphia hope for the future. The giant leap he took this season is something no Eagles fan could have forecasted.

Wentz beat the mighty odds by evolving into the favorite to win the NFL’s MVP award by Week 11. A season with small hope turned into one with big expectations, and the mighty odds suddenly didn’t matter. The Eagles have been flying high all season, and Wentz is the reason they took off. Without Wentz’s mesmerizing performances and his leadership, there is no way the Eagles could have won the division and snatched the #1 seed in the NFC conference.

The Eagles Defensive Line Have More Than Proven They’re An Elite Unit

Not enough can be said about the work the defensive line has put in this season. The defensive line of the Eagles has been nothing short of exceptional. Philly already possessed Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox before this magical season, but they were missing players to solidify the defensive line as an elite unit.

PFWA Executive of The Year Howie Roseman signed players like defensive end Chris Long and defensive tackle Tim Jernigan to bolster the team’s pass rush in the offseason. Rookie defensive end Derek Barnett has proven to be a productive first-round pick by the Eagles. Barnett strip-sacked Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum in the NFC championship game to keep the Vikings from tying the game. How good has the Eagles defensive line been this season? Ask Pro Football Focus.

Even Eagles Fans Underestimated The Depth Of This Team

When Carson Wentz went down against the Los Angeles Rams, every known sports analyst on television gave up on this Eagles team. They believed Wentz was the sole reason for the Eagles success. They couldn’t have been more wrong. This Eagles team is a deep team, and because of that, they adopted the next man up mentality. No player is bigger than the team, and that’s something Philly has proven in the playoffs.

They have been able to win games without their starting quarterback, left tackle, middle linebacker, all-purpose running back, kicker and special teams ace. Philly managed to replace all these players thanks to their depth, and now they are going to Super Bowl LII. The Eagles front office and coaching staff deserve kudos for being prepared for every single unfortunate event that’s occurred this season.

An Offensive Line That Is Easily The Best In The League

Can I just take a moment to say how much I love watching these guys block? They’re so much fun to watch. Last season, the Dallas Cowboys offensive line got all the attention and for a good reason. However, the Eagles have proven to be the best unit in the regular season and the postseason.

The injury to left tackle Jason Peters was thought to have derailed this offensive line, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Eagles offensive line has shown that they’re more than one player by continuing their dominance in the postseason. A round of applause for Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks, Pro Bowl left tackle Lane Johnson and should have been Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce. These players are playing arguably the best football of their careers. Individual shout outs to offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai, aka Big V, and guard Stefan Wisniewski for stepping in and earning their stripes this season.

Doug Pederson Is The Coach Of The Year, And I Don’t Care What Anybody Else Thinks

ESPN ranked Doug Pederson as the worst coach hire back in 2016, via Let’s also not forget about former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi bashing Pederson and him telling Eagles fans they “should cut their losses early” on a video posted on The Ringer. They all couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ll admit that I’ve been tough on Pederson due to his bizarre play-calling and his sometimes questionable decisions during games. However, he deserves respect from me for what he has been able to accomplish.

The Eagles produced a 7-9 record last season and looked nothing like a Super Bowl team. Only a season later and Philly is less than two weeks from playing in football’s biggest game. Philly dominated the regular season with a 13-3 record and was the first team to clinch a playoff spot in Week 14. They also secured the NFC East crown in Week 14 and proceeded to clinch a first-round bye along with the home-field advantage in the postseason.

I don’t know what else Pederson has to do to prove he deserved the Coach of The Year award. One thing I do know is he deserves unlimited amounts of credit for turning the Eagles into a Super Bowl bound team. No one gave this Philadelphia team a chance, and even now the mighty odds continue to be against this team. Coach, as an Eagles fan, I want to thank you for reviving Philadelphia football and good luck in Minneapolis.