EAGLES BIG UNDERDOGS BUT PATS ARE WOUNDED AND VULNERABLE

Do not be fooled by New England’s 10-1 record. Yes, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback currently working an NFL huddle. But the defending league champion has lots of injuries to key players and looks beatable in the Super Bowl tournament.

By Peter Gleason

The gods and goddesses of wagering out in Las Vegas have installed the Eagles as a 9 1/2-point underdog in this Sunday’s game at the New England Patriots.

On merit!

The Eagles’ season is a shambles — a 4-7 record which puts them in the middle of the pack in the terrible NFC East, while the Patriots lost the other night in Denver to fall to 10-1.

The Patriots are still the favorite to win the Super Bowl (for now), and if the Eagles make the postseason it will be an upset of incalculable proportions.

In the aftermath of a 30-24 overtime loss on a wicked cold night in Colorado, Pats’ coach Bill Belichick was grumpier than an old man left standing three hours in the snow for a bus that never showed up. Some reporter made the mistake of asking Belichick to assess his emotions in the wake of an injury to tight end Rob Gronkowski during the game that knocked New England from the ranks of the undefeated.

“Well, what do you think?” Belichick shot back.

Do not be fooled by New England’s 10-1 record. Yes, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback currently working an NFL huddle. But the defending league champion is wounded, and extremely vulnerable.

The race to win the Super Bowl does not begin until December, and the Patriots look like a team that’s running on fumes. They were undefeated, but never looked unbeatable, with the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills both going toe-to-toe against New England without a shred of fear before the Broncos decked the defending champion.

 

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