Quotable: Vegas likes what Eagles did in free agency, improved Super Bowl odds

Quotable: Vegas likes what Eagles did in free agency, improved Super Bowl odds

The Eagles didn't put together a Dream Team 2.0 over the past few weeks -- that's probably a good thing -- but they did piece together some quality players on reasonable deals that can help them become a more complete team. Obviously, there are still needs to be addressed, potentially through the NFL draft, but overall, oddsmakers liked what Howie and Chip did to improve their team.

Linesmakers had the Eagles as one of the three teams to improve their chances of a Super Bowl victory the most after the initial free agent signings:

“Unless a quarterback or star running back moves teams, it is pretty rare that one player in the NFL will have a big impact on Super Bowl odds, but we have seen some slight movement since free agency began. The Green Bay Packers have seen some money over the last week, getting Peppers no doubt contributed to that, and have gone from 16-1 to 10-1. Meanwhile the Denver Broncos who have bolstered up their defense a touch have also dropped from 8-1 to 7-1, but are not seeing any backing by our bettors. The Eagles would be the other team that has moved from 25-1 to 18-1 as a result of them being pretty active in the market through keeping their own free agents, trades, and free agent signings.”

Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv

And the full list below. As you'll see, there are only five teams in the NFL with better odds than your Philadelphia Eagles.

Odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX

                                                            Odds on 2/3/14             Current Odds (3/18/14)   

Seattle Seahawks                                  9/2                                6/1

Denver Broncos                                    8/1                                7/1

San Francisco 49ers                              15/2                              15/2

New England Patriots                            14/1                              9/1

Green Bay Packers                                16/1                              10/1

Philadelphia Eagles                               25/1                              18/1

Indianapolis Colts                                  28/1                              20/1

New Orleans Saints                               18/1                              22/1

Carolina Panthers                                  25/1                              25/1

Chicago Bears                                      25/1                              28/1

Arizona Cardinals                                  33/1                              33/1

Atlanta Falcons                                     25/1                              33/1

Baltimore Ravens                                  40/1                              33/1

Cincinnati Bengals                                 25/1                              33/1

Houston Texans                                    40/1                              33/1

Kansas City Chiefs                                28/1                              33/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                                33/1                              33/1

San Diego Chargers                              33/1                              33/1

Dallas Cowboys                                    33/1                              40/1

Detroit Lions                                         33/1                              40/1

New York Giants                                   33/1                              40/1

St. Louis Rams                                     40/1                              40/1

Cleveland Browns                                  66/1                              50/1

Miami Dolphins                                     50/1                              50/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers                         50/1                              50/1

Washington Redskins                            40/1                              50/1

Minnesota Vikings                                 75/1                              66/1

New York Jets                                       50/1                              66/1

Buffalo Bills                                          75/1                              75/1

Tennessee Titans                                   50/1                              75/1

Oakland Raiders                                    75/1                              100/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                             100/1                            150/1

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Do Eagles have NFL’s best O-line? Just ask Vikings

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Do Eagles have NFL’s best O-line? Just ask Vikings

They were billed as the best defense in the NFL. With the best defensive line in the NFL. With the best pass rusher in the NFL.

So much for that.

The Eagles' offensive line made sure that for one day at the Linc, they were none of the above.

Thanks in great part to a dominating performance by their offensive line, the Eagles made a mockery of the vaunted Vikings' defense, piling up franchise-playoff-records with 456 yards and 27 first downs in a 38-7 dismantling of the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game at the Linc Sunday.

Nick Foles threw 33 times, was sacked just once, and passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns. The Eagles also ran for 110 yards and 4.2 yards per pop before a couple late kneel-downs by Nate Sudfeld.

“The offensive line did a great job," Foles said. "That’s a really good defensive front and they give you a lot of different looks, so there were different blitzes that we had to pick up. There’s a little bit more movement in the pocket just because of the different blitz angles. I just felt comfortable because I trusted the guys up front and I always know they do an amazing job.

 "The key to an offense is the offensive line. We have the most athletic and best offensive line in the league. Those guys are unbelievable. Each one of them can probably beat me in a race - that’s how athletic they are. 

 "To have them in front of me to block and do everything they do, they did a great job all night. I just had to move around in the pocket a little bit. They picked it all up.”

 The Vikings came in as the top-ranked defense in the NFL with a defensive line considered the league's best.

 The Eagles' offensive line obliterated them.

 "I think this is the best they've played as a unit," coach Doug Pederson said. "All the way across the board, from Lane (Johnson) to Big V (Halapoulivaati Vaitai), I mean, these guys, we haven't talked a whole lot about them this year, but this is a group that (offensive line) coach Jeff Stoutland does a tremendous job preparing each week.

 "(He) has a great run plan together, our protection schemes, and they just go to work. They come to work on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and get the job done. Sometimes it's not always pretty, but it doesn't have to be. At the end of the day, we find a way, and they find a way."

 The Eagles scored more points, gained more yards, converted more points and recorded more first downs than any team had against the Vikings all year. 

 They ran the ball effectively, they gave Foles enough time to hit a bunch of deep throws and thanks mainly to Big V they neutralized Griffen, who had 13 regular-season sacks but never got close to Foles on Sunday night.

Foles became the first quarterback ever to complete four passes of 35 yards or more in a playoff game against the Vikings.

 “That’s crucial," Jason Kelce said. "You have to be able to protect if you’re going to throw downfield. (Foles) knew when it was going to be picked up and it was picked up that he was going to have the time to be able to do that.

 "Know who the offensive line has, trust that we are going to be able to get it done, and when we don’t have them because we are not going to pick up everything, and he's ready to get the ball out.”