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Eagles Soaring into Super Bowl

The Philadelphia Eagles will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl on February 12. The stats show they were the leaders in several categories during the regular season.

The Philadelphia Eagles are going to the Super Bowl. The Birds dominated the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 31-7 last Saturday in the NFC Championship game.

Their opponent will be the Kansas City Chiefs who edged the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 23-20.

Let’s take a statistical look at the NFC Champion and where they ranked in comparison to the rest of the NFL during the regular season.

Hurts Hopes to Pain Chiefs’ Defense

Quarterback Jalen Hurts was ranked second among NFL quarterbacks. In his first 13 games, he had a 22 to three ratio of touchdowns to interceptions. Hurts had a quarterback rating of 108.4 and rushed for 686 yards and 10  touchdowns. He was injured late in the season and missed two games before the Eagles regular season finale against the New York Giants. Hurts is a candidate for league MVP.

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Running and Receiving Corps Solid

Wide Receivers AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith are the two top weapons for Hurts.  Brown was fourth in receiving yards with 1496 yards. He was tied for third with 11 touchdown receptions and sixth in average yards per catch with 17.0.

Smith was tied for 11th with 95 catches and in the top ten for wide outs with 1,196 receiving yards.

Running back Miles Sanders was ranked in the top ten in three rushing categories. His highest statistical ranking was in rushing yardage with 1,269 and a fourth-place finish. Sanders, who will be entering free agency at the end of the season, is coming off his best year as an Eagle.

Stout Eagles Defense Presents Problems

The Eagles defense ranked No. 2 in the NFL. They allowed 301 yards on average per game. The quarterbacks that played against them have a collective QBR of 81.6.

The Birds led the league with 70 sacks. Linebacker Hassan Reddick led the team with 16 sacks and finished second in the NFL in that category.

Defensive end Brandon Graham, defensive tackle Javan Hargrave and defensive end Josh Sweat each finished in the top twenty with 11 sacks each.

They held Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans, Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys and Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants to under 100 yards each of the games those players faced the Eagles.

The Eagles had 17 interceptions with two returned for touchdowns. CJ Gardner-Johnson was tied for 11th in the NFL with 6 interceptions. The Birds also had 10 fumble recoveries.

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Eagles Strengths, Weaknesses

The Eagles are a balanced team. They run the ball well and can dominate time of possession. They were second in the league with explosive plays because of their proficient passing game. The defense is outstanding and their rank of second in the NFL substantiates their accomplishments.

The Eagles’ Achilles heel was displayed by the Washington Commanders in a 32-21 loss at home.The Commanders rushed for 152 yards in that game and had 25 first downs. They ran 81 total plays to the Eagles 47. The Commanders won the time of possession 40:24 to 19:36. If a team can keep the Eagles offense off the field, that’s the key to defeating them.

The Eagles were 10-9 against the spread including the playoffs and 10-9 with the total over/under. The Eagles opened the Super Bowl as a pick’em then moved to Eagles -1.5.

“I won’t be surprised if it goes to 3.” Westgate SuperBook vice president Jay Kornegay said. “We wanted to favor the Philadelphia side a little bit due to the injuries Kansas City is dealing with. Philadelphia is better and healthier.”

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