National Football League playoff picks for upcoming conference championship weekend

National Football League playoff picks for upcoming conference championship weekend

Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount should have major roles to play, especially if the Eagles get ahead by more than a score.

Once Eagles fans saw their team wearing these masks, they went insane and started buying these masks by the dozens. "Me and Chris Long were talking, and everybody's calling us underdogs, so hey, let's go get us a dog mask", Johnson said.

It's totally the way they think.

They're underdogs against Vikings, who have dealt with a couple huge losses themselves this season.

There is an identity to this team, and there is credible reason to think that such a thing can matter this year.

All credit to the plays and coaches, because they did shut us up and prove us wrong, beating the No. 6 seed at home on a last-second defensive stop in the end zone.

I'm sure you guys have seen the insane Eagles dog masks all over the internet by now. The masks quickly sold out on Amazon that same day.

That was one of the first shirts to drop.

The dog masks aren't going anywhere.

It's not a great shirt, really, but it's cheaper than the others, you can buy one at Chickie's and Pete's this Thursday and proceeds go to The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, so some actual local good can come out of all this dog talk.

When the Vikings come to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship, their defense can't afford to focus their gameplan on one or two players. You can also assume that the same phenomenon is taking place in Minnesota, the home of this week's NFC Championship Game opponent, the Vikings. Sure the argument can be made he didn't light up the scoreboard with points or stats but Nick Foles did just enough to lead the Eagles to the win. There's an actual, tangible benefit...for gamblers.

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The underdogs in this match-up are the Eagles, as they were last week, but last week they showed some grit with overcoming adversity to get to the next round. All three of these teams - all four of these teams - can win the Super Bowl. They also join three more teammates on the PFWA's All-NFC team. This sets up a quarterback battle between Brady - one of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League - and the Vikings' third-stringer in Keenum.

"We watched it in the defensive meeting room, then we go back in our [defensive backs] room and watched it again", said Eagles safety Corey Graham.

One of his biggest moves was to establish a veteran's committee.

Pat Shurmur, the Vikings' offensive coordinator, held the same position in St. Louis from 2009-10. Whatever it is, the Eagles practice it, until they know what they to do when it happens.

Case Keenum and Nick Foles will square off at quarterback when the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles play in the NFC Championship on Sunday. The Vikings come to Lincoln Financial Field toting the league's No. 1 ranked defense in both points allowed and yards allowed.

The difference between the Vikings and Eagles on defense, however, is balance.

Philadelphia has three pass catchers with over 750 yards and eight or more touchdowns this season - the first time in franchise history.

The Vikings have no such weakness. Though they made strides last week, the Vikings' defense presents a much stiffer test.

The Vikings were about a field-goal favorite on the early betting lines to beat the Eagles on Sunday and become the first team to play a Super Bowl on home turf.

So even though the game is here and the fans will be barking up a storm, without Wentz, the Vikings are, on paper, the better team.

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