Soaring Eagles separate themselves from the pack

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – The Philadelphia Eagles were dismissed as long shots when the National Football League season began two months ago but they have taken the league by storm to emerge as serious Super Bowl contenders.

Each year it seems at least one team comes out of nowhere to make a run at the postseason but nobody could have predicted the sheer dominance shown by the Eagles as they cruised to the league’s best record heading into their bye week.

Their chances this season rested on the shoulders of Carson Wentz and the second-year quarterback has answered the call, most recently on Sunday when he tossed four touchdowns in a convincing win over Denver that improved Philadelphia to 8-1.

Despite having at least two more wins than any other NFL team, the suddenly confident Eagles are far from complacent as they chase a maiden Super Bowl championship.

“We’re never going to settle,” said Wentz, who leads the NFL with 23 touchdown passes this season. “Touchdowns, whatever, that’s all great but being 8-1 is what it’s all about.

“I didn’t know what to expect with stats and all that stuff,

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