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NO RESPECT: Eagles Open At +3 At Home Vs. The Vikings For The NFC Championship. GOOD.

CBS – Vikings (-3) at Eagles (o/u 40), Sun. Jan. 21, 6:40 p.m. ET (FOX)

The Eagles just upset the Falcons as a historic home underdog and made a VERY public point to let everyone know they appreciated being an underdog but didn’t appreciate being doubted. Here they are again, though, sitting as a 3-point underdog at home to the Vikings. Perhaps this isn’t surprising; the Vikings are a more complete team. They shut out Drew Brees and the Saints for an entire half. It is very possible they could shut out Nick Foles and the Eagles for an entire half.

PAGING DR. MONEYLINE.

Good. Absolutely LOVE being the dogs again, as does everyone on this team. The Eagles all-time are 4-0 at home as home underdogs in the postseason, and that of course includes last week after they also opened at +3 vs. the Falcons. The home team has won the last 8 conference championship games. If this game was away from the Linc, it’s a horse of an entirely different color. In fact, that color may not even exist. But the Eagles in South Philly are an absolute force to be reckoned with. Are the Vikings a better team right now overall? Possibly. But a dome team playing outdoors in January (early weather forecast says it’ll be 50 degrees, dry, and sunny because of fucking course) against an Eagles squad that’s only lost one game at home in 2017, which was a throw away meaningless contest vs. Dallas in Week 17. The Vikings haven’t been too pretty on the road this season, either. They got blown away by Pitt. They lost in Carolina (where the Eagles beat the Panthers AND the refs). And they’ve won by only one score or less in Washington, Detroit, Chicago, and Atlanta. In fact, the only two games they won in convincing fashion on the road was in Cleveland and in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers attempting to hold the clipboard. So, yeah, bring on the dogs.

In the end, these two teams are very similar. Remember when the Eagles started off on absolute fire last season at 3-0, then of course didn’t even make the playoffs? Well, the Vikings started the year at 5-0. Both squads are dealing with QB’s they didn’t expect to have leading them in the playoffs (h/t Jeff Fisher). Both excel on the defensive side of the ball and have overcome their share of injuries. But the biggest similarity is they both exemplify a quintessential “Team”. Nobody really expected the Vikings and Eagles to face off to go to the Super Bowl at the beginning of the year, yet here we are.

Basically, prepare for battle. Because it’s going to be an absolute war to get to Minneapolis. We all we got. We all we need.

PS – Stay hot, Mama. Or just keep firing bullets. We need all the firepower we can get.

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