The Philadelphia Eagles have followed MVP play from quarterback Carson Wentz, to first place in the NFC, and possible home field advantage. The Eagles have done just about clinched the NFC East and now are fighting to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Eagles biggest threats in the NFC ranked:
1. New Orleans Saints
Getting home field advantage for all of the playoffs may be the difference between Super Bowl or an early exit in the playoffs for the Eagles. Sean Peyton has his team rolling right now behind his two-headed running back committee of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. Drew Brees is playing an exceptionally high level, but is a different quarterback on the road in cold weather. New Orleans has a better than average difference, sitting at 13th in yards allowed per game, but Philadelphia would probably hold the advantage on the defensive side of the ball.
2. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL all year. Jared Goff looks like a totally different quarterback under head coach Sean McVay. Todd Gurley has looked like the dynamic back he was in his rookie season, and then of course Aaron Donald is wreaking havoc in the backfield of opposing offenses. The Rams look like a team that could compete with the Eagles for the NFC crown for years to come.
3. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are a bit of a surprise on this list due to the loss of their star young running back Dalvin Cook, and the extremely high level that Case Keenum is playing at. Many people would expect the Vikings to be the number one or number two threat, but Case Keenum is a major question mark in the playoffs. The Vikings do have one of the best defenses in the NFL this year, and would present a difficult challenge for Doug Pederson’s offense.
4. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle has an uphill climb to the playoffs after their recent loss to the Atlanta Falcons. If Seattle is able to make the playoffs, they will be a dangerous. Russell Wilson at the helm of the offense and a team that has been their before, they could make some noise, even without Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.
5. Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta is another team that has their work cut out for them, as they are currently in third in their division. Sitting behind the Panthers and the Saints, Atlanta will have to regain their Super Bowl form from last year. The Falcons have too many weapons on offense to bet against; Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Tevin Coleman, and Devonta Freeman.
6. Detroit Lions
The Lions are a borderline playoff team, and may be able to sneak into the Wild Card. Matthew Stafford is a man on a mission, and is pretty much the only play maker on the team. If Stafford plays well, this team can beat anyone in the league.
7. Carolina Panthers
Carolina is the least frightening team on this list because the Eagles have already dismantled this team on the road. Cam Newton has been too inconsistent, Christian Mccafrey has not made the impact they expected, and Luke Kuechly is still absolutely dominating. Julius Peppers has found the fountain of youth in Carolina, but the Eagles have proven that they can handle this team.
8. Dallas Cowboys
It is highly unlikely that they can sneak into the playoffs, especially without Ezekiel Elliott. Dak Prescott just does not look like the same quarterback without Zeke, and Tyron Smith. Smith is returning this week, and the Cowboys are hoping they can scrap together some magic for a playoff run.
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