The Eagles are soaring up the charts after an impressive start to the season. They’re now among the top five favorites in terms of Super Bowl odds along with the Bills, Buccaneers. Chiefs, and Packers.
The Birds travel to Washington this weekend and have a chance to further prove that they belong.
Danny Parkins and Andrew Fillipponi of the Audacy Original Podcast "1st & Pod" talked about the Eagles being able to solidify themselves as Super Bowl contenders this weekend.
“Eagles - Commanders. Do the Eagles need to win this game to make you feel like they’re a Super Bowl contender?” Parkins said (5:03 in player above). “If they go to Washington and lose, what happens to their narrative?”
“I think what happens to their narrative is they get downgraded from Super Bowl contender but they’re still considered division favorite, and a dangerous one,” Fillipponi said. “I think people will say that they have a wide variance with a high ceiling because if Jalen Hurts can put together a stretch of games like he did against the Vikings, they look like the type of team that can beat anybody. I do think that if they lose, it’s Week 3, pumping the brakes on anybody as a Super Bowl contender that hasn’t proven it before is tough. But I’ll tell you this, I don’t expect them to lose.”
Hurts and the Eagles have had two impressives showings thus far. Their 38-35 victory in Week 1 against the Lions wasn’t as close as the score indicated, although the defense didn’t play well in the second half. They turned it around last week, however, with a 24-7 home-opening win against the Vikings on Monday Night Football, highlighted by two Darius Slay interceptions.
The Eagles are favorites heading into Washington this weekend, but they can’t take that for granted.
“I think it’s a tricky game for them,” Parkins said. “They’ll go to Washington. There’ll be a million Eagles fans there because that stadium’s a dump and Commanders fans don’t feel like going to it. So they’ll take over the stadium, it’ll feel like an extra home game. I think it would be easy for them to overlook Washington.
While Parkins doesn’t think Commanders head coach Ron Rivera is among the best in the league, he’s probably above average and will have his team ready for the divisional matchup on Sunday.
“I just think they’re a touchdown underdog at home and you know they can score,” he said. “As a bettor, I love them. They’re scoring every week and I’m getting a touchdown at home. Please.”
It’s still early, so a Week 3 game can’t exactly have a huge sway in a team being a Super Bowl contender or not, but it can be a decent measuring stick.
“To me, it was less about measuring Eagles as Super Bowl contenders, because it’s just so early and so many things can happen,” Fillipponi said. “How good is their defense? Because Washington’s offense … Carson Wentz has put up two monster games, not against good teams, but he’s spreading the ball around and it’s not just Gibson and McLaurin anymore.”
Parkins was impressed by the Eagles defense on Monday night and could see them doing to Carson Wentz what they did to Kirk Cousins.
“I just think Cousins looked shook in that game in Philly,” Parkins said. “Wentz could turn into a pumpkin – like he has a million times in the past – in this game.”