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Eagles' Super Bowl odds reach season high but still not the favorite

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Eagles' Super Bowl odds reach season high but still not the favorite

After the Eagles won their sixth straight game Sunday with a 33-10 drubbing of the 49ers and added running back Jay Ajayi before Tuesday's trade deadline, the Birds' Super Bowl odds have hit a season high.

In Bovada's latest odds, which were released Wednesday, the Eagles now have a 6/1 shot to make the Super Bowl, shortened from 7/1 last week. However, the Eagles are still behind the Patriots (7/2) for the top odds in the NFL and are followed closely by the Steelers (7/1), Chiefs (15/2) and Seahawks (10/1).

The Eagles are the front-runner to win the NFC with 5/2 odds and are heavily favored to win the NFC East at 1/10. The Cowboys' divisional odds shortened to 5/1 after their 33-19 victory Sunday over the Redskins, which caused Washington's NFC East odds to drop to 25/1.

Carson Wentz's MVP odds continue to climb as well. After another solid performance Sunday. Bovada now has him just behind Tom Brady (2/1) with a 21/10 shot to win the coveted award. 

Wentz is third in the NFL in passing yards with 2,063, behind just Brady and Alex Smith, and is tied with Deshaun Watson for the league lead in touchdowns at 19.

Cowboys apparently without left tackle Tyron Smith vs. Eagles

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Cowboys apparently without left tackle Tyron Smith vs. Eagles

The Eagles will catch a huge break on Sunday night. 

According to NFL Network, the Cowboys are going to be without All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, who has been dealing with groin and back injuries.

Smith missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, so even if he did play on Sunday, he wouldn't have been 100 percent. Byron Bell will start in Smith's place, according to the report. 

Bell came into the Falcons game and gave up two more sacks to Adrian Clayborn after Chaz Green gave up four. Smith is widely considered one of the best offensive tackles in the league, so the Cowboys will miss him. 

Meanwhile, in South Philadelphia, there was a surprise on the Eagles' injury report Thursday. Alshon Jeffery was limited by an ankle injury. 

Nothing to worry about, though. 

"I'll be all right," Jeffery said on Thursday afternoon. 

When asked if he's going to be able to play on Sunday night against the Cowboys, Jeffery said, "Most definitely." 

The injury, he said, didn't happen on Thursday. It's actually been "something that's been going on." Jeffery said it wasn't a big deal and that he'll be fine. 

For the second straight day, Ronald Darby (ankle), Zach Ertz (hamstring) and Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) were all full participants in practice. It appears all of them are going to be able to play Sunday. 

It will be the first game since the opener for Darby, who is coming back from a dislocated ankle. Ertz missed the Denver game before the bye but used the extra time to heal. 

In addition to Smith, the Cowboys are also expected to be without linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) on Sunday. He's the most important piece of that defense. The Cowboys are obviously also without running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is serving the second game of his six-game suspension. 

Dez Bryant (knee) returned to practice on Thursday and is expected to play through his injury this weekend.

Terrell Owens says he'd rather play with Carson Wentz than Donovan McNabb

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Terrell Owens says he'd rather play with Carson Wentz than Donovan McNabb

Terrell Owens says he’s mended his relationship with Donovan McNabb. 

This ain't gonna help! 

Twelve years after he last played for the Eagles, Owens is still at it. 

The record-setting wide receiver told TMZ he’d rather play with Carson Wentz than McNabb, his quarterback here in 2004 and 2005.

T.O. did say it was a close call.

"I'd probably go with Carson Wentz,” Owens said in a video interview taken on the street in L.A. suburb Beverly Grove. “Look at what he's done, and what is this — Year 2?”

Playing with McNabb in 2004, Owens enjoyed one of his finest seasons, with 77 catches for 1,200 yards and a franchise-record 14 touchdowns in just 14 games. He added 9-for-122 in the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.

Owens was off to an even better start in 2005, with 47-for-763 and six TDs through seven games, before he was suspended and eventually released for behavior disruptive to the team.

Wentz’s projected numbers this year through nine games are similar to McNabb’s in 2004:

McNabb: 64 percent, 31 TDs, 8 INTs, 3,875 yards, 104.7 passer rating [essentially in 14 games]

Wentz projected: 61 percent, 41 TDs, 9 INTs, 4,021 yards, 104.1 passer rating

Wentz is certainly ahead of McNabb, who made the Pro Bowl in his second season but threw only 21 touchdowns all year. McNabb never had a passer rating over 86 until his sixth season. But he did win nine playoff games and remains the greatest quarterback in Eagles history ... for now.

"The upside for him is through the roof,” Owens said of Wentz. “He’s definitely making his case for (MVP)."

T.O. finished his career with the Cowboys, Bills and Bengals. He ranks second to Jerry Rice in NFL history with 15,934 receiving yards, eighth with 1,078 catches and third with 153 receiving touchdowns.

McNabb was instrumental in bringing Owens to Philadelphia, but their relationship was strained by late 2004 and deteriorated further that offseason.

McNabb has been known to be somewhat sensitive. Will McNabb be hurt by T.O.’s latest comments?

"So what?” Owens said. “If he is, it is what it is."