Why Are Eagles Fans Wearing Dog Masks?
The masks started after the Eagles became the first team to ever be a No. 1 seed and a betting underdog in the team's first postseason contest. The Falcons were favored over the Eagles in that game, and the Vikings were favored over the Eagles in the NFC Championship.
“We’ve been disrespected all year,” Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox told ESPN in early January. “Our record can speak for itself. We’re a team that’s been disrespected week in and week out, and we just come out and ring the bell every week.”
The betting line and feeling that a No. 1 seed might lose was partly because starting quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL 13 games into the season. He's one of many on the team that has suffered a significant injury. It has made people question whether the Eagles would be able to keep winning under the leadership of backup QB Nick Foles.
So, the team and fanbase have embraced the underdog role by donning dog masks. It hasn't just been fans, either. Players are in on it too. Beau Allen and Chris Long grabbed masks from fans and threw them on after the Eagles were declared NFC champions. In the prior game against Atlanta, Long and Lane Johnson did the same thing.
To boot, Long, who is donating his entire salary to charity this season, called out the NFL's attempt to capitalize on the craze. The NFL started selling underdog t-shirts, and Long said they should donate all the money to charity. 24 hours later, Long announced that's exactly what the NFL is doing with 100% of the proceeds from their underdog t-shirts.