Eagles are first No. 1 seed to be underdogs to No. 6 seed

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The Eagles are the top team in the NFC playoffs. The Falcons are the bottom team in the NFC playoffs. But when they meet in Philadelphia on Saturday, the Falcons will be the favorites.

Sports books have Atlanta as a three-point favorite over Philadelphia. It’s the first time the No. 6 seed in the playoffs has ever been favored to beat the No. 1 seed.

Usually, the No. 1 seed is a heavy favorite coming off the bye week. In the AFC, the No. 1 seed Patriots are 13-point favorites over the Titans. But the Eagles are different because starting quarterback Carson Wentz is hurt. By setting the Falcons as favorites, the oddsmakers are making clear that they have no faith in backup quarterback Nick Foles.

Other than the Eagles, the home teams are favored this week. The Steelers are 7.5-point favorites against the Jaguars, while the Vikings are 3.5-point favorites against the Saints.

59 responses to “Eagles are first No. 1 seed to be underdogs to No. 6 seed

  1. .
    If the early forecasts hold true, then both the Philadelphia and New England fields will be quagmires on Saturday. They call for rain all day Friday and into Saturday at both locales. It could be a day for the “mudders”.
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  2. ATL has the by far the easiest path to the NFC Championship games in modern NFL memory, all they have to do is beat the happless Nick Foles lead Eagles. Foles is terrible, he just isnt going to be able to move that offense against ATL. Unfortunately for the Falcons, I think if they do get to the title game both the Vikings and Saints will beat them, the Vikings will destroy them.

  3. Iggle yackers all last week begged to draw the Falcons ,,,well you got what you wished for what will be the excuse come around 7 pm Saturday evening ?

  4. 6ball says:
    January 8, 2018 at 6:15 am
    .
    If the early forecasts hold true, then both the Philadelphia and New England fields will be quagmires on Saturday. They call for rain all day Friday and into Saturday at both locales. It could be a day for the “mudders”.

    How does artificial turf produce mud?

  5. There is parity this season in the playoffs. Don’t be surprised if some home teams lose. Jacksonville and New Orleans have a good chance of upsetting their opponents. Titans don’t have much of a chance of an upset.

  6. Falcons are playing really good and are getting hot at the right time. The Eagles are still a very talented team, but the Falcons have a great shot to win this game and head to the Championship.

  7. 6ball says:
    January 8, 2018 at 6:15 am
    .
    If the early forecasts hold true, then both the Philadelphia and New England fields will be quagmires on Saturday. They call for rain all day Friday and into Saturday at both locales. It could be a day for the “mudders”.
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    The Patriots play on artificial turf in Foxborough, so I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be muddy.

  8. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    January 8, 2018 at 6:55 am

    NE may win by 13 but the way the teams have been playing I don’t see Titans as a 2 td dog unless NE can corral Mariota. IMO this game is a toss up.
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    The Patriots will try to stuff the run, try to keep Mariota in the pocket and force him to beat them with his arm on sustained drives of 8-10 plays. I’d say there is now way he can do that and NE will win in a route.

  9. hawkkiller says:

    January 8, 2018 at 6:18 am

    ATL has the by far the easiest path to the NFC Championship games in modern NFL memory, all they have to do is beat the happless Nick Foles lead Eagles. Foles is terrible, he just isnt going to be able to move that offense against ATL. Unfortunately for the Falcons, I think if they do get to the title game both the Vikings and Saints will beat them, the Vikings will destroy them.

    Really?? And what do you base that on? The Oakland game where BOTH he and Derek Carr struggled? The Dallas game where he was moving the team up to when Torrey Smith dropped a very catchable pass? Because you sure aren’t talking about his 4 TD game against the Giants, and you aren’t talking about him coming in cold off the bench to win the game at the Rams when they were behind.

    I think everyone is pinning this game on Foles and not counting on Philly’s suffocating defense or the rest of the offense to chip in. What, if Foles the ONLY one who plays offense for the Eagles?

    I got news for those naysayers–in 2016 when Wentz was a ROOKIE,before his breakout season this year, the Eagles beat the Falcons 24-15 in Philly. Put up 208 rushing yards against the SAME defensive scheme the Falcons still play. And to top it off, against Jay Ajayi THIS season, when he played for Miami, he ran for 126 yards against the Falcons, when the Dolphins wiped out a 17-0 Falcons lead.

    The Eagles are enjoying being the underdog.

  10. Falcons are legit with how the Falcons defense is looking. Offense (sounds strange I know) has been the issue. Seems like they are starting to get it together, but overall Matt needs to continue to play better.

    Bring on anyone in the NFC, Vikes are good on defense that’s about it. The Falcons owe them, as well as the Aint’s.

    Silly iggles stand no chance.

    Falcons will be back in the S.B.

    Mark it!

  11. Don’t sell Foles short, he’s an underrated QB.

    Ok, I lied. He’s not very good, and even though the Eagles have a good team, the Falcons should win this pretty easily.

    Real shame Wentz got hurt.
    Running QBs gain when it works, but if they get hurt, and the team has to use a backup, that greatly reduces the overall QB production for a team.

  12. The Eagles have a great opportunity to shut down all the doubters. All Eagles players have got to be sick and tired of hearing how they will lose this game since Foles took over. They are playing at home in front a rabid, vocal fanbase against a Falcons team that is good though certainly not great. Even with Foles at QB they should be able to ride their defense to victory. Eagles 27, Falcons 21

  13. didn’t foles throw for 7 tds in a game once? no? he’s more than capable of whipping that dirty bird booty. book it falcons fans.

  14. walker1191 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 7:38 am
    6ball says:
    January 8, 2018 at 6:15 am
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    If the early forecasts hold true, then both the Philadelphia and New England fields will be quagmires on Saturday. They call for rain all day Friday and into Saturday at both locales. It could be a day for the “mudders”.
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    The Patriots play on artificial turf in Foxborough, so I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be muddy.
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    No mud in Philly either, the field will be covered all week, it has a vacuum system to draw water down – so no standing water and is heated so it wont freeze . Look for a 17-10 Eagles victory

  15. More blatant shadiness from bookies….

    The fact that Nick Foles is starting shouldn’t negate the rest of the Eagles squad…Using the casinos logic, the Jaguars shouldn’t have been favorites more than a time or two, because they’re starting a backup QB too…

  16. dirtybirdnation says:

    January 8, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Falcons are legit with how the Falcons defense is looking. Offense (sounds strange I know) has been the issue. Seems like they are starting to get it together, but overall Matt needs to continue to play better.

    Bring on anyone in the NFC, Vikes are good on defense that’s about it. The Falcons owe them, as well as the Aint’s.

    Silly iggles stand no chance.

    Falcons will be back in the S.B.

    Mark it!

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    Except your wrong. The Vikings are #11 in offense. They were the #5 ranked offense for most of the year but for weeks 15-17 they scored less. The Vikings are a situational team when it comes to offense. When they play offensive teams like Redskins, Panthers, Saints, Lions they are more aggressive on offense, but than when they play oponnents without firepower they take less chances and rely on great defese (Packers this year, Bears, Ravens). They are the #11 ranked offense and #1 ranked defense. That’s decently balanced. Also Case Keenum is #2 in total QBR. I understand he is viewed as a bad QB, and a journeymen, but the way he played this year is farther from the truth.

    I’m not saying the Falcons can’t beat them. They absolutely can. The Falcons are a very balanced team to. Great offense and defense, but just get your facts straight when you talk about teams.

  17. After a season of one of the toughest schedules, in the toughest division and still finding their offensive groove, Atlanta is the Team to be reakoned with. Bad break about Wentz, it would’ve made a better game with the Falcons still coming out on top. I said preseason, SuperBowl rematch and still believe that.

  18. dirtybirdnation says:

    January 8, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Falcons are legit with how the Falcons defense is looking. Offense (sounds strange I know) has been the issue. Seems like they are starting to get it together, but overall Matt needs to continue to play better.

    Bring on anyone in the NFC, Vikes are good on defense that’s about it. The Falcons owe them, as well as the Aint’s.

    Silly iggles stand no chance.

    Falcons will be back in the S.B.

    Mark it!

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    Also don’t look past the Eagles. Yes they have Foles, but roster wise they have a stronger roster than the Falcons do. They have a top defense and great playmakers all around. Also The Falcons are not known to light it up, outside. Great win against the Rams thou!

  19. Eagle fans are seriously delusional. Eli Manning roasted your Defense with below practice squad talent at WR and 18 players on IR, they looked sloppy against the terrible Raiders, and scored zero points against a bad Cowboys team with nothing to play for (although starters weren’t in all game). The way ATL’s defense is playing against the run and how bad Foles is, this could easily be a 30+ point blow out by the Falcons.

  20. Good thing the game isn’t being played on paper in Vegas. The other thing is fans don’t play the game. The players are gonna have to give the fans something to cheer about, early and often. Otherwise it will be a morgue.

  21. hawkkiller says:
    January 8, 2018 at 6:18 am
    ATL has the by far the easiest path to the NFC Championship games in modern NFL memory, all they have to do is beat the happless Nick Foles lead Eagles. Foles is terrible, he just isnt going to be able to move that offense against ATL. Unfortunately for the Falcons, I think if they do get to the title game both the Vikings and Saints will beat them, the Vikings will destroy them.

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    2011 Patriots vs Tim Tebow was by far the easiest divisional game a team had before the conference champ game.

  22. ajzinnecker says:
    January 8, 2018 at 9:16 am
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    Also don’t look past the Eagles. Yes they have Foles, but roster wise they have a stronger roster than the Falcons do.

    WHERE?

    Falcons RBs are better. Falcons WRs are better. Falcons offensive line is better.

    Falcons LBs are better, Falcons DBs are better.

    Falcons QB is better.

  23. Today’s NFL is such a QB driven league, you better start taking the backup QB position more seriously. Foles is a decent backup, so I think Philly has a better shot than most are giving him, but he’s been sitting for so long. He’s not going to be in top form.

  24. If the Eagles are not given much of a chance without Wentz, then…

    GIVE WENTZ MVP

    Otherwise, respect the TEAM and give the Eagles a fighting chance.

    You don’t get it both ways.

  25. I’d have liked the Eagles to give Foles more playing time in the last game instead of pulling him after just one quarter. He really needed the work and the reps. That said, Atlanta is the 6 seed for a reason. They’re inconsistent and they’re not particularly tough mentally. I can see this as a low scoring game, with a big play from a guy like Clement or Barner making the difference.

  26. ajzinnecker says:
    January 8, 2018 at 9:16 am
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    Also don’t look past the Eagles. Yes they have Foles, but roster wise they have a stronger roster than the Falcons do.

    WHERE?

    Falcons RBs are better. Falcons WRs are better. Falcons offensive line is better.

    Falcons LBs are better, Falcons DBs are better.

    Falcons QB is better.

    Oh how silly fans from ATL are….Eagles Offensive and Defensive Line are both better as are their running backs…..QB you all win by default and Ill give you the WR’s as both Jones and Sanu are studs but the rest are a toss ups….gonna be close with the winner being who is able to run the ball better on Saturday as I simply don’t see the QB’s having success against these defenses.

  27. Foles has been to the Pro Bowl (although most can agree that it is a joke anymore), but with the way he has been playing I wouldn’t feel good about my chances if I were an Eagles fan. Their D is legit, and their run game is good, but I’m not sure how that will fair against an Atlanta team that is playing pretty good right now if the pass game isn’t there and if Foles turns the ball over. If it were still Wentz, I’m not sure the Falcons could stop a rested Philly team.

  28. OK..Philly beat a better Atl team last year with a team no even close to as good as this one. Philly wins this game! Those who think the Vikings are going to the show ..also wrong. Philly matches up well with the Vikings. Phillys run defense will make them one dimensional. Case has been a backup for years for a reason. Philly has home field through out..and that’s what will give them the NFC title. They can’t beat Pitts or NE though. But with Wentz next year they can and will. This is the ” get your feet wet year”.. Everything looks Sunny in Philadelphia.

  29. LOL all of you are delusional, fact is that dougie has been playing mind games. Come Saturday we will ramp the offense lol, now way in H%$ atl going beat us at home in this cold. lol fly eagles fly. On to the NFC championship.

  30. Eagles were the only team that could beat the Pats or Steelers, that was with Wentz. I dont really care who gets the NFC nod, they are cannon fodder for the AFC champion.

  31. The Falcons are the defending SB contestant from the NFC until some other team takes them out. And they beat a really good Rams team the other night. Don’t count out the Falcons.

  32. mnmouth says:

    January 8, 2018 at 8:41 am
    Even with Foles at QB they should be able to ride their defense to victory. Eagles 27, Falcons 21
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    How is a 27-21 game riding the defense to victory? BTW: The Eagles didn’t hardly play anybody good this year. Weren’t they like 2-2 against teams with winning records? And that was before Wentz went down. No, your team is going to lose on Saturday.

  33. 1phillyphan says:

    January 8, 2018 at 11:02 am

    OK..Philly beat a better Atl team last year with a team no even close to as good as this one. Philly wins this game! Those who think the Vikings are going to the show ..also wrong. Philly matches up well with the Vikings. Phillys run defense will make them one dimensional. Case has been a backup for years for a reason. Philly has home field through out..and that’s what will give them the NFC title. They can’t beat Pitts or NE though. But with Wentz next year they can and will. This is the ” get your feet wet year”.. Everything looks Sunny in Philadelphia.

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    Ummm….Foles is a backup QB to, and if I had to choose between the two I would go with Case. Defense wise, the Vikings are better in every category except the Run. We are #2 in the Run, Philly is #1. So the Vikings have the ability to make Philly one dimensional to. The Philly defense is not even close to the Vikings. They are good at stopping the run and that is it. You can pass on this team. This defense is more affective when playing with the lead, which was the case with Wentz, but without him this defense is not as good as the Vikings where it can win games alone. Case Keenum has been a backup, on terrible teams and he is doing well on his first decent team. He has the second best total QBR in the entire NFL. Foles doesn’t even have close torch the Philly secondary.

    I’m not saying Philly can’t beat Minne, but I wouldn’t count on it either. I wouldn’t count on them even beating ATL.

  34. birds4everblog says:
    January 8, 2018 at 10:48 am
    ajzinnecker says:
    January 8, 2018 at 9:16 am
    ———–

    Also don’t look past the Eagles. Yes they have Foles, but roster wise they have a stronger roster than the Falcons do.

    WHERE?

    Falcons RBs are better. Falcons WRs are better. Falcons offensive line is better.

    Falcons LBs are better, Falcons DBs are better.

    Falcons QB is better.

    Oh how silly fans from ATL are….Eagles Offensive and Defensive Line are both better as are their running backs…..QB you all win by default and Ill give you the WR’s as both Jones and Sanu are studs but the rest are a toss ups….gonna be close with the winner being who is able to run the ball better on Saturday as I simply don’t see the QB’s having success against these defenses.

    Don’t think any QB will have success? You mean like Eli Manning did with Practice Squad players to the tune of 434 yards and 3TDs? The Falcons are going to roll in this game.

  35. If I was a betting man I would bet big on the Eagles. They are the number 1 seed for many reasons. That defense plays VERY good at home. They can run the ball. Eagles will win. Matt Ryan got destroyed last year playing in Philly.

  36. I can understand people thinking the Eagles are going to win this game. But I can’t understand people who fail to recognize that the Atlanta Falcons roster is loaded with athleticism everywhere on offense and defense. I can only assume people haven’t been watching them the last two seasons. You have to be extraordinarily talented to be “off” all year and still go 10-6 and make the playoffs.

  37. conormacleod says:

    mnmouth says:

    January 8, 2018 at 8:41 am
    Even with Foles at QB they should be able to ride their defense to victory. Eagles 27, Falcons 21
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    How is a 27-21 game riding the defense to victory? BTW: The Eagles didn’t hardly play anybody good this year. Weren’t they like 2-2 against teams with winning records? And that was before Wentz went down. No, your team is going to lose on Saturday.
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    Score 27-6. Atlanta scores 2 very late TDs on a punt return.

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