The Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Bills have never met in a Super Bowl.
Don’t be surprised if it happens this year.
The teams took a big step in that direction Sunday when the Bills beat the Chiefs 24-20 as Josh Allen outdueled Patrick Mahomes and the Eagles beat the Cowboys 26-17 as backup quarterback Cooper Rush threw three picks for the Cowboys.
The Bills are now the only 5-1 team in the AFC and have a game lead on the Chiefs, Chargers and Jets in the battle for the top seed.
Granted, the Chiefs lost to the Bills in the regular season last year and then beat them in the 13 second game in the playoffs but the Bills are likely to host the playoff game if the two teams meet again. Since the Bills have the head to head tie-breaker, the Chiefs would have to finish a game ahead of them to get home field advantage.
Last year, the Bills had to play the playoff game in Kansas City because they went 11-6 in the regular season. It’s difficult to imagine this Bills team losing six games this year.
The Eagles are in an even better position than the Bills. They have a two game lead over the 4-2 Cowboys although they will play again Christmas Eve in Dallas. The Cowboys should have Dak Prescott for their Christmas Eve game but the Eagles look like the team to beat.
There are two 5-1 teams in the conference – Minnesota and the Giants – but neither team looks like they can overtake the Eagles, who have already beaten the Vikings. And the Giants are underdogs Sunday against the 2-4 Jaguars and have to play the Eagles twice.
And two teams who figured to be contenders, Tom Brady and the Bucs and Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, are both 3-3 after both teams lost Sunday. The Packers lost to the Jets and the Bucs to the Steelers.
In the AFC, San Diego was expected to be a contender and is 4-2, but had to go to overtime to beat Denver. Quarterback Justin Herbert hasn’t been the same since suffering a cartilage injury.
And both Super Bowls teams from year ago, the Rams and Bengals are 3-3. So is San Francisco. So are Baltimore and the Dolphins. And while the Jets are 4-2, they don’t look like a contender and play the Bills twice.
Unless a team gets on a roll in the second half of the season, it looks like the Bills and Chiefs and Eagles and Cowboys will battle for the Super Bowl slots this year,