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Wentz Goes Down: New NFC Super Bowl Favorite?

December 11, 2017 • Ben Heck • Features, Front Page, NFC, NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles

With Philadelphia Eagles franchise quarterback Carson Wentz down for the count after suffering a season-ending torn ACL yesterday afternoon, the NFC East champion Eagles have been knocked down a few pegs. Even with their NFC-leading 11-2 record after 13 weeks.

Back-up quarterback Nick Foles, 28, is a more-than-serviceable starting QB in this league, having proven himself as one when he tossed for 2,891 yards, 27 TD and just two picks in 10 starts in 2013. But, with their biggest offensive weapon and leader done for the year and injuries already piling up in Philly, there’s no question Wentz’s absence will leave a mark down the stretch.

Since the beginning of 2016, Foles has made appearances in just seven games with just one start over that span. We’ll see if he can pick up where he left off and lead Philadelphia through the postseason.

Does the injury make teams such as Minnesota or Los Angeles the team(s) to beat in the NFC?

Despite falling to Philly 43-35 yesterday, L.A. (9-4) has a strong enough defense to make a deep playoff run. Especially if they utilize RB Todd Gurley correctly in the postseason.

As for Minnesota, a 31-24 loss to Carolina yesterday snapped the Vikings’ eight-game win streak, dropping the Vikes to 10-3. With just the Bengals, Packers and Bears left on the 2017 schedule, Minnesota very well could go 13-3 to cap the season.

NFC Playoff Picture:

1. Eagles 11-2 (East champs)

2. Vikings 10-3 (North leader)

3. Rams 9-4 (West leader)

4. Saints 9-4 (South leader)

Wild Card:

5. Panthers 9-4

6. Falcons 8-5

In the Hunt:

7. Seahawks 8-5

8. Lions  7-6

9. Packers 7-6

10. Cowboys 7-6

Everyone else:

11. Cardinals 6-7

12. Redskins 5-8

13. Buccaneers 4-9

14. Bears 4-9

15. 49ers 3-10

16. Giants 2-11

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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