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Eagles get exactly what they wished for

Eagles get exactly what they wished for

The Eagles asked for it … and, well, they've got their wish.

After the second-seeded Vikings shocked the fourth-seeded Saints on a 61-yard walk-off Stefon Diggs touchdown, the top-seeded Eagles will host Minnesota at 6:40 p.m. next Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field (see story).

And once more, the Birds will be underdogs.

The early betting line pegs the Vikings as a 3½-point favorite over the Eagles.

Per Bovada, the Eagles' odds to win the Super Bowl are 5/1, behind the Patriots and Vikings and ahead of Jaguars.

That's OK with the Eagles. This is what they wanted.

After beating the sixth-seeded Falcons, 15-10, Saturday night, the Eagles pointed to their underdog mentality as extra motivation. Brandon Graham wanted Vegas to do it again.

"Hey, do it again next week," Graham said at his locker Saturday night.

Graham asked and he received. The Eagles, the NFL's best record and all, will again be underdogs. This time, as they host the NFC Championship Game.

Let it be known, Vegas let these dogs out.

Jeff Lurie releases statement in light of NFL's national anthem policy

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Jeff Lurie releases statement in light of NFL's national anthem policy

The NFL’s new policy that aims to eliminate on-field demonstrations during the playing of the national anthem has been the biggest news of the day. 

The policy (outlined here) has been met with plenty of reactions, even from a couple notable Eagles players (see story)

On Wednesday evening, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie released the following statement: 

I have always believed it is the responsibility of sports teams to be very proactive in our communities. In this great country of ours, there are so many people who are hurting and marginalized, which is why I am proud of our players for continuously working to influence positive change. Their words and actions have demonstrated not only that they have a great deal of respect for our country, but also that they are committed to finding productive ways to fight social injustice, poverty and other societal issues that are important to all of us. We must continue to work together in creative and dynamic ways to make our communities stronger and better with equal opportunities for all.

Lurie is considered one of the more socially aware owners in the NFL and his players have been very appreciative of his support in the past. Lurie even joined his team on the field during this season in September after President Donald Trump publicly said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.'"

But this statement doesn’t really answer any questions. 

While it’s noteworthy that Lurie is proud of players who fight for positive change and at least he mentioned the reason players are protesting in the first place, the Eagles’ owner didn’t address any specifics about how the Eagles will address the new anthem policy and possible fines that could be levied by the NFL to the Eagles. Nor did Lurie address if or how the Eagles would discipline players now that the power to do so is in their hands. 

In fact, Lurie didn’t specifically mention the anthem or protests at all. 

It was first reported that the policy passed unanimously, but then it was revealed that 49ers owner Jed York abstained from the vote. Lurie, presumably, voted for the policy. At least we know he didn’t vote against it. 

Earlier in the day, Jets chairman Christopher Johnson said his team would support any players who wanted to protest during the anthem and would not fine them.

Lurie’s statement fell short of answering some important questions. 

Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, others react to NFL's national anthem policy

Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, others react to NFL's national anthem policy

As expected, the reactions started pouring in Wednesday when the NFL announced its new national anthem policy.

From players to organizations and groups outside of football, many are acknowledging the league's polarizing decision.

The Eagles have not released a statement but here's a look at how the team will be affected (see story), while players have started to express their thoughts.

"Ultimately it is taking the players' voice away," Lane Johnson told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn. "I think there will be some backlash from their decision."

Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long also released statements on their Twitter accounts.

Here's a look at some of the reactions: