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The Philadelphia Eagles are proving their Super Bowl credentials by dominating the NFC Conference in the 2017 season. The Eagles currently hold the number one seed in the Conference and are on course to secure home-field advantage for the post-season for the first time since 2004.

In that campaign, the Eagles – coached by Andy Reid – reached the Super Bowl only to be defeated by the New England Patriots by a three-point margin. Current coach Doug Pederson served under Reid at the Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs before moving back to the NFC East outfit in 2016.

He has moulded a formidable team on both sides of the ball that is capable of delivering the club’s first title in the Super Bowl era. Therefore, when at, it will be worth monitoring their odds for the crown in their drive to reach the title game in Minnesota on February 4.

Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz has been the driving force behind their surge to the top of the NFC. The Eagles traded a great deal of draft capital to the Cleveland Browns to notch the second-overall pick in the 2016 Draft to select the 24-year-old. The move has been a masterstroke as he has developed into one of the finest signal-callers in the NFL in his sophomore term.

Wentz has thrown over 20 touchdowns and is challenging the great Tom Brady for the MVP honour. His ability to throw into tight windows as well as escape from perilous situations in the pocket have made him a nightmare for opposing defences. He and his offense scored 51 points against the vaunted Denver Broncos’ defense, while the Eagles rubbed the salt into the wound of their bitter rivals the Dallas Cowboys with a 37-point outing.

Wentz has connected with his receivers to great effect, with tight end Zach Ertz notching six touchdowns on the season. Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor have also played their part in making Philadelphia’s offense almost unstoppable. Add Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement in the ground game – then it’s incredibly hard to look beyond the Eagles to appear in the Super Bowl.

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Their defense are equally as dominant due to the force of their defensive line. The club are ranked seventh overall in defense, but have the best unit against the run in the NFL. Fletcher Cox is the star man in the middle of the line, although Timmy Jernigan is pushing him all the way.

Only three teams have more sacks than the Eagles this term. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has used a rotation to bring out the best in his edge-rushers. Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Chris Long and Derek Barnett have become a constant presence around opposing quarterbacks, aiding their side’s dominance. Their one weakness could be their secondary, but the return of Ronald Darby from injury could be vital for the stretch run.

Pederson has built an outstanding unit with talent at every level. However, time will tell whether it’s good enough to match the NFL’s elite when it matters the most in the post-season and perhaps even the Super Bowl where the Patriots could lurk again.