By: Team Red Zone 5 months ago

You’ve worked your pants off all season and have now deserved the title of the number one seed. But for the Philadelphia Eagles that’s not the end of the story. The team are going into postseason play being the first number one seed to be an underdog.

Just put it down to yet another slight says Eagles defensive tackle  Fletcher Cox, one of many they have had during this season.

Cox told the press: “We’ve been disrespected all year,” adding: “Our record can speak for itself. We’re a team that’s been disrespected week in and week out, and we just come out and ring the bell every week.”

True enough but let’s not forget that until their starting quarterback Carson Wentz was sidelined with a torn ACL in December, the team were regularly getting props on how great the team was. This only stopped when replacement QB Nick Foles took over as starter.

It’s pretty obvious by now that the Eagles love the underdog moniker and are playing it up to the upmost.

Cox said: “It just puts a bigger chip on our shoulder and just adds fuel to the fire, and that’s what this team, obviously, has been going off of all year,” adding: “people doubting us every week. So we just want to go out and shut those doubters up.”

Some within the organization are talking these slights with a pinch of salt and are all about the game this weekend.

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz commented:  “The game’s going to be about preparing well, the game’s going to be about executing on Saturday, and the teams that do that the best are going to win, not the team that got picked by the most number of analysts or experts or what the simulation games say or any of that stuff. That has zero bearing on the game for us.”

Saturday puts the Eagles’ whole season on the line and they’ll be hoping to put sock firmly in the mouths of the pundits and doubters once and for all.

The fact the Eagles are the first No. 1 seed to open the playoffs as an underdog is certainly startling.

But according to Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, it’s just the latest in a series of slights they’ve endured this year.

We’ve been disrespected all year,” Cox said, via Tim McManus of ESPN.com. “Our record can speak for itself. We’re a team that’s been disrespected week in and week out, and we just come out and ring the bell every week.”

Of course, every time an Eagle tries to play that card, they should be reminded that they were getting plenty of respect, right up until the point quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL in December, and any devaluing of a good team is solely based on Nick Foles and how bad they looked the last two games of the season.

But in a sport where anything can be bulletin board material, the Eagles are all over this one.

“It just puts a bigger chip on our shoulder and just adds fuel to the fire, and that’s what this team, obviously, has been going off of all year,” Cox said, “people doubting us every week. So we just want to go out and shut those doubters up.”

Of course, then there are coaches, who will file such talk under the #distraction banner.

“The game’s going to be about preparing well, the game’s going to be about executing on Saturday,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said, “and the teams that do that the best are going to win, not the team that got picked by the most number of analysts or experts or what the simulation games say or any of that stuff. That has zero bearing on the game for us.”

That sounds like something a head coach would say. Or an assistant who has job interviews in hopes of becoming one.

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