That and I don't trust a single team out there. The Carson Wentz-led offense is firing on all cylinders, and based on his performance last week against the 49ers, Jay Ajayi is going to be a huge boost on the ground for Philadelphia. The only thing that we know about the AFC right now is the fact that the Patriots and the Steelers are the heavy favorites to appear in the championship game. No matter who advances to the Super Bowl, it will be two prime offenses squaring off—the game will come down to the defenses, and the Eagles have the edge.
It has been the year of the Eagles from the start. They have been winning without their best cornerback Ronald Darby , their most versatile offensive weapon Darren Sproles , their best linebacker Jordan Hicks , their best offensive lineman Jason Peters and even blew out the Broncos without their best receiving target Zach Ertz.
They have a top 5 defensive line, a top 5 offensive line and a top 5 quarterback. They have beaten teams on subpar offensive days and on subpar defensive days, and have blown teams out when both have clicked. And Doug Pederson has Andy Reid's creativity with a freshness to it that is fun to watch.
In one of the more stunning turnarounds in NFL history, they are the team to beat and it doesn't even look particularly close at this point. But are they a better team than the Steelers or the Chiefs or the Eagles? No, they are not. Andy Reid has created one of the more dynamic and exciting offenses in the league this year, matched only by Doug Pederson and the Eagles.
We would get Reid exorcising old demons and beating the team that fired him. We would get Alex Smith completely rewriting the narrative on his career. As it stands, only a handful of teams have shown the ability to play complete football on both sides of the ball. But I expect Ben Roethlisberger and his many weapons to hit their stride at the right time. After the Eagles demolished Denver, in Week 9, cornerback Jalen Mills checked his phone at locker.
He had a text from his grandma, Wanda Lewis, watching from Dallas: This is finally the Eagles year to win it all. They've got a great one at the most important position in Carson Wentz, and are complete in all three phases of the game. Halfway through the season, the Eagles own the best record in football, and I don't think they'll tail off in the second half.
And a side note: Those Super Bowl viewers who are torn as to who to root for can just cheer, "Go Steagles! Goff's Rams edge Wentz's Eagles in an all-time classic. Weary from the cold and brutal road to the Minneapolis, the Chiefs fall short and the once-dead Rams franchise wins its first Lombardi trophy since , and Tinseltown is now home to the Oscars and the Super Bowl Champs.
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I really liked the offseason they had, I am a believer in the coaching, and I think they are moving in the right direction with a strong core on both sides of the ball.
I really like where the team is at, and they are my top pick without hesitation. Carson Wentz has not come back quite as seamlessly from his injury as might have been ideal, and Nick Foles has looked awful in his last preseason action. Is this just a little blip along the way or the first signs that defending a title isn't nearly as easy as it might seem?
I remain a little lukewarm about the team. I respect them and what they did last year, and the offseason was pretty solid, but defending is really tough, and they don't have a lot of prior playoff experience to draw on to help guide them. I would buy or hold their stock over the next three to five years, but I would be braced for a bit of a dip in the performance this year.
Well, no one hates anyone as much as I hate Marvin Lewis, but you get the idea. He believes that Tomlin represents mediocrity in every way and that he stands in the way of what this team could be accomplishing. He is killing their vibe, in the eyes of my buddy. I'm not sure I entirely buy in, but I do agree that the Steelers of the last couple of years, haven't quite lived up to the sum of their parts - especially in crunch time.
Will this year be different? I'm not entirely convinced, but I'm not unconvinced either. Either way, I don't see a lot of value here. I like the Rams a little more than the Vikings, but not by much. The addition of Kirk Cousins is something I am really high on, I like the coaching changes they made, there aren't a lot of holes in talent, and they have success to build on from last year. There is a lot to like here, and the difference between their price and the Rams makes them playable as well.
A Minnesota and L. NFC Championship Game would be a whole lot of fun. The biggest knock against both of these teams, though - or at least the biggest challenge to the value of them - is that the NFC is deep and tough this year, so coming out of it unscathed will be not easy, and some really good teams will go home too early.
I know I am coming off as negative about a lot of teams, and I don't often like being negative, but I just can't help it.