The Philadelphia Eagles have the respect of New Jersey sportsbook operators before launching their third season since winning the Super Bowl. A closer look at Eagles odds reveals that the Birds show promise in 2020.
They are placed in the top quarter of teams to win the 2021 Super Bowl, sport healthy consideration for claiming the NFC title and rank as major contenders for the NFC East championship.
Oddsmakers at NJ online sportsbooks appear to have dismissed their first-round playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks last season because Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz missed most of the game with an injury.
Let’s look a little closer at this team.
Can the Eagles win the Super Bowl?
According to DraftKings and FanDuel? Yes. But there’s an asterisk.
The Eagles were tied for seventh place at +2000 in late August for favored Super Bowl odds. The defending champion Kansas City Chiefs led the way at +600. And as expected, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers were right behind the Chiefs.
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The upstart Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who acquired quarterback Tom Brady and coaxed his favorite target Rob Gronkowski out of retirement, were +1400.
Philadelphia came in at the same price, +2000, as the New England Patriots at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Odds of 20-1 to win it all are a sign of respect. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Eagles at +2000, too.
The odds are a little longer at BetMGM (+2500), even with the Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings.
What would it take for the Eagles to recapture the Super Bowl euphoria they experienced three years ago?
To go beyond the boundaries of a division title, the defending NFC East champions need an upgrade at wide receiver. That’s been elusive.
Offensive weapons are missing for the Eagles
Wentz has been a steady, if unspectacular, quarterback in his two returning seasons from a knee injury. One reason has been the absence of a deep receiving threat.
Wentz threw 27 touchdown passes last year, middle-of-the-road totals. But he threw only seven interceptions.
That’s astonishingly effective.
He became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 20 or more touchdowns with seven or fewer interceptions in three straight seasons. His interception rate of one every 58.7 attempts is second only to that of Aaron Rodgers, 72.2.
Wentz has had 23 games in his career featuring 30 or more attempts with no interceptions, the best by any quarterback in his first four seasons.
All strong. But can he reach the plateau of a Patrick Mahomes, who threw 50 touchdown passes two years ago for the Kansas City Chiefs?
Wentz needs more offensive weapons to help him.
After four years, he still has never won a playoff game. He’s reaching the middle of his career. Is a breakout on the horizon?
Can the Eagles win the NFC?
That number is 10-1, according to DraftKings and FanDuel. Fox Bet puts the odds at a similar +1000.
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But it would still require them to slip past the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and New Orleans Saints in the postseason.
The Eagles did beat the Packers at Lambeau Field in 2019, so it can be done. They were improving at the end of last year, and had Wentz not gone down early in the playoff opener against the Seahawks, they may have reached the NFC semifinals.
Can the Eagles win the NFC East?
Short answer: Absolutely.
Eagles odds are +150 to win the NFC East at DraftKings, with the Dallas Cowboys the chalk at -121.
The +150 is a nice price. FanDuel has Philadelphia at +130.
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Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told NJ Gambling Sites that the Cowboys gain big betting support nearly every year.
There is a mystique about the Cowboys, but that often leads to them being overbet.
This area is the sweet spot regarding where someone might place a large bet on the Eagles. A division win is realistic and well-priced.
Can the Eagles make the NFL playoffs?
The NFC East only sent one team to the playoffs last year: its division winner.
Given the talent of the league, the Eagles will probably have to win the division again to make the playoffs. DraftKings gave them a thumbs-up -225 number and +180 for them not to. FanDuel has them at -188 yes.
If you think only one NFC East team will make the playoffs and that it’s the Eagles, taking them to win the division is where the value is.
Eagles 2020 season overview
What picture do the sportsbook operators paint of the Eagles’ upcoming season?
FanDuel has the Eagles at 9.5 for the over-under wins total. The over is +120 and the under is -120.
A FanDuel prop puts Wentz at a projected just-average, 3,899-yardage total on a FanDuel prop. That’s only 200 yards more than Cincinnati Bengals rookie Joe Burrow on the DraftKings prop.
Throughout the sportsbooks, Wentz is in the same general area of New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and Burrow.
That’s a lower tier.
Is Carson Wentz injured?
Developing situation: Wentz has been missing some practice time because of a soft tissue injury.
He’s expected to start the season, but this condition can sideline players for a couple of weeks.
Bettor beware! You’ll want to know this before making the play.
Offense: the good and the bad
The Eagles don’t have Jordan Howard in the backfield and will rely on Miles Sanders and Boston Scott.
Sanders showed breakout speed last year, and Scott was a late-season find. But the Eagles still need a durable fullback and blocker for their fleet-footed backfield.
The best tight-end tandem in football is Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. They combined for an astonishing 146 catches last year for 11 touchdowns.
This was a tight-end first offense. Ertz caught 88 aerials for six touchdowns. Goedert had 58 catches for five scores.
Granted, this is a DFS nightmare for fantasy football owners, but it was the best offensive component the Eagles had last year.
Defense: upgrades and memories
The Eagles upgraded their pass defense by getting Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman.
Saints bettors remember Coleman’s pass interference penalty that was not called against him in the 2019 NFC championship game against the LA Rams.
It would have allowed the Saints to run out the clock and kick the field goal that would have put them in the Super Bowl. Instead, the Rams won in overtime.
Bettors don’t forget.