It might soon be dog mask season in Philly.
The Eagles sit at an impressive 11-1 through 12 games, with Sunday’s 35-10 dismantling of the Tennessee Titans representing their latest masterpiece. They are sound in just about every area, and after weeks of concern about the rush defense, they shut down Derrick Henry. Things are looking bright for the Eagles, as has been the case all season.
That wasn’t enough for ESPN’s Football Power Index though, as their latest Super Bowl projections had the Eagles fourth-most likely to win the title. The Bills and Chiefs are above them, but so too are the Dallas Cowboys, who ESPN listed at No. 1.
They give the Cowboys a 29.3% chance to win the Super Bowl and a 48.6 percent chance of getting out of the NFC. By comparison, Philly has a 30.7% chance to make the championship game and a 13.3 chance of winning it all.
Of course, the Cowboys are two games behind the Eagles in the standings, and have already lost once to Philly.
Brandon Graham said in his weekly appearance on “Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team” that he loves it.
“Hey man, we might have to pull those dog masks back out, because I love it," Graham said Tuesday. "Keep it like that, because we know it’s America's Team, man, it’s a little analytics and it’s a little bias, because whoever is running the analytics is saying ‘Man, my Cowboys, this is the year.’
“It’s not bothering me one bit man because I look at it like this: Whoever is running it has got to be a Cowboys fan, and they just show you by where they put the Eagles every time even though the Eagles have the best record in the league.
“But it’s cool though because records don’t mean anything, because at the end of the day. … I just focus on one week at a time and make sure that when the time does come when we’ve got to really have it, we have it. Not focused on what we can’t control, I’m gonna leave that to you and let you be mad about it, but we gonna have the last say hopefully, down the line, where we gonna say ‘What did they say?’”
The last time the Eagles went the dog mask route, it worked out pretty well for them. They brought those out during the 2017 season when, despite winning the NFC East, they were widely picked against pretty much every round of the postseason. They ultimately won the Super Bowl that year.