Eagles-Vikings odds: Point spread makes Philadelphia an underdog, again

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Eagle offensive lineman Lane Johnson walks off the field wearing a German Shepherd’s mask celebrating the underdog Eagles’ win over the Falcons on Saturday night.

Don’t put away those canine masks just yet. The Eagles are underdogs again this week.

Buoyed by the Minnesota Miracle, the Vikings opened as 3-point favorites over the Eagles for next Sunday’s NFC championship game, despite the game being at Lincoln Financial Field.

The second-seeded Vikings beat New Orleans with a walk-off touchdown pass on Sunday night from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs that will go down in NFL history. Minnesota and the top-seeded Eagles each were 13-3 during the regular season. The over-under is 39.5.

The Eagles players, coaches, janitors and cheerleaders all were miffed last week when Atlanta was favored by a field goal to beat the Eagles in Saturday’s divisional playoff. It was the first time a No. 1 seed was an underdog to a No. 6 seed since the current postseason format began in 1990. The Eagles rallied behind the perceived snub and beat the Falcons, 15-10. Afterward, Lane Johnson and Chris Long jokingly wore dog masks.

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New England is favored by 9 points over visiting Jacksonville in the AFC championship game, according to handicapper Vegas Vic. Their over/under opened at 47.

Minnesota is the ninth road team to be favored in a conference championship since 1990. Six of the previous eight covered. The two exceptions were the Patriots, which lost outright to Denver two years ago as a 3-point favorite. The Eagles, following the 2008 season, also lost outright as a 3.5-point road favorite to Arizona.

 

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