Frontrunners get a word of caution from USA Today:
For one night, Philly looked overmatched against the Seahawks, failing to find a rhythm in a 24-10 loss. But while this might appear to be a sign of trouble for the 10-2 Eagles, who now hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC, the defeat should be viewed as a product of facing a desperate and tested team in a hostile environment.
All season long, Philly has looked like the most balanced team in the league. The Eagles allowed the Seahawks, however, to convert six of 12 third-down attempts. The Birds committed seven penalties, four of which gifted quarterback Russell Wilson first downs. The Eagles also committed two turnovers, including a costly fumble out of the Seahawks’ end zone, and forced none.
Both of the Eagles defeats this year have come on the road, a fact that will weigh heavily on the minds of many as the team fights for home-field advantage.
Philly has plenty to clean up in order to reaffirm itself as a Super Bowl contender. But another West Coast matchup against a playoff contender in the 9-3 Rams next week will provide a clearer marker of where the Eagles sit in the NFC landscape: