(The Spread) – The Philadelphia Eagles have surprisingly surpassed the Green Bay Packers as far as the odds to win the NFC are concerned.

Oddsmakers currently list the Patriots at 13/2 to win the 2012 Super Bowl, with the Packers and Eagles possessing the next best odds at 7/1. But in the NFC, the Eagles are 7/2 to win the conference in 2012, while the Packers are 15/4.

Granted, those odds are very similar but it’s interesting to see that the Eagles have surpassed the defending Super Bowl champs. Obviously oddsmakers are playing into the public’s perception that Philadelphia is ready to make a run at the Super Bowl after adding Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin, Ronnie Brown and Vince Young this offseason. Quarterback Michael Vick has also said that the game is slowing down for him now that he has a two full years in Andy Reid’s offense.

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The Packers, meanwhile, have been quiet again this offseason. General manager Ted Thompson has always built his teams through the draft and this offseason was no different. Instead of throwing money at big-name free agents, Thompson once again had a successful draft (at least on paper). In fact, second round pick Randall Cobb out of Kentucky is already turning heads in preseason.

Just like at the top of the AFC with the Patriots, Chargers, Jets, Steelers and Ravens, the NFC looks strong again as well. The Eagles and Packers are expected to duke it out for the top seed, but nobody will fall asleep on teams like the Falcons, Saints and even the Cowboys this season.

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