Surging Eagles Swapping Dog Masks of Super Bowl Run for Ski Masks

Philadelphia can no longer wear the underdog masks as they are no longer underdogs.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Jordan Matthews #80 of the Philadelphia Eagles holds up a dog mask recevied from a fan after a 30-23 win over the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: Jordan Matthews #80 of the Philadelphia Eagles holds up a dog mask recevied from a fan after a 30-23 win over the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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By Evan Bleier / December 18, 2018 11:32 am

Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans repped the team’s underdog status by donning canine masks (despite the club being named after a bird).

The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl and are the reigning champions of the NFL, hardly underdogs any longer.

But, the team has struggled mightily this year and, at 7-7, are not a lock to make it back to the playoffs to have a chance to defend their title.

If the Eagles are going to return to the postseason, they’re going to have to beat a tough Texans team at home and go on the road to Washington and take a game from the Redskins.

In essence, they’re going to have to steal games. Hence, the new symbol of the team this year: the ski mask.

It seems to be working as Rodney McLeod led a defensive huddle with a ski mask as a prop priors to Philly’s game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. Despite being huge underdogs, the Eagles pulled off the win.

“That’s something we started two weeks ago,” McLeod said. “It’s kind of been motivating the guys. It’s just a mentality we’ve been having. When we go out there, we put the mask on. We’re out there for business, and to take what’s ours. If that means getting wins, if that means taking the ball, making plays, anytime someone makes a turnover they put the mask on We say it’s robbing season. It’s thievery. Hopefully the fans come out next week and wear the masks with us in the stands. That’d be cool. It’s just something to motivate us as a defense, and the entire team. Guys are kind of rallying behind it, and you see us making plays these last two weeks, so it’s working.”

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