Football Five: Philadelphia Eagles Running Back Into Prime Time Spotlight

Philadelphia Eagles fans, welcome to the alternative universe.

The NJ sports betting crowd went to bed Sunday night knowing the 3-6-1 Philadelphia Eagles have fallen from first place. The last time they won a game was Nov. 1 against the Dallas Cowboys (23-9). And the Birds head into tonight’s Monday Night Football game as a fat home dog against the Seattle Seahawks.

Here’s the bottom line: If the Eagles don’t win this game, the New York Giants, once 0-5, exit Week 12 with the NFC Least lead at 4-7.

Are there bets to cheer up an Eagles backer?

Absolutely. It’s the theme of this week’s Football Five.

Let’s look at this matchup and the wackiest week of the NFL season. Some may see it as one of the most bizarre in league history.

Eagles vs. Seahawks: Play both sides

Besides taking the points, an Eagles bettor can embrace this game as a whole event rather than a game with partisan interest. DraftKings Sportsbook is offering a prop for whether there will be at least three touchdowns combined by both teams in the first half, listed at -125. Not bad.

Will the Seahawks score first and win?

Yes is +112.

If the Eagles score first and win, the payout is +375.

Prices are attractive if one can guess the first score: an Eagles touchdown or field goal or a Seattle touchdown or field goal. The Eagles haven’t scored first since a late October victory over the Giants. Are they due? Even if Seattle tallies first, guessing the method pays well.

Will there be a safety?

Yes is +1150.

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Looking at Monday Night Football props

FanDuel Sportsbook has an attractive menu. Here’s a look at what’s on the board for tonight’s Seahawks-Eagles game.

Will Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson amass 300 passing yards, with at least 100 going to DK Metcalf?

Yes is +430.

Metcalf has also been odds-boosted from +155 up to +200 if he scores a touchdown and the Seahawks win. He’s a legitimate deep threat and a good anytime-scorer consideration.

Regarding the over-under of 48.5, Eagles games have been trending under; Seattle has been over. Which style wins out?

Wilson returns +162 if he tosses three touchdowns. For Eagles fans, the Seattle props can become an insurance marker. If the Eagles quiet Seattle’s key players, the team may win. If some of them go off, you get paid.

Eagles + NFL prime time = wins

All three Eagles victories so far have occurred in the NFL’s prime time spotlight.

Here is a look back:

  • They toppled the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night in Week 4, 25-20.
  • They beat the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football, 22-21.
  • They defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, 23-9.

Maybe this team needs a national showcase.

Take away those three games, and the Eagles are 0-6-1.

Stylistically, the Birds average more than five yards rushing and Seattle has one of the league’s worst run defenses. This will be a key time of possession area for Philadelphia to keep Wilson off the field.

Preparing the strategy to embrace both teams is sound for backers of the NFC Least, as the schedule becomes excruciating in Week 13. Washington visits the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers, the Eagles invade the Green Bay Packers and the Giants play the Seahawks on the road. What a collective ouch.

It could be a dreadful week for the NFC Least, but betting options bring rooting purpose to those games

Looking ahead to NFL Week 13

Getting back to tonight’s Eagles-Seahawks game, if ever there was a time for something crazy …

This is the week the chalk took a walk. Consider how badly DraftKings favorites got clobbered in Week 12.

It started on Thanksgiving Day, when the Dallas Cowboys, at -3, lost 41-16 at home to the Washington Football Team.

The Las Vegas Raiders went into Atlanta at -3.5 Sunday and left on the wrong end of a 43-6 shellacking. Atlanta now gets its second shot in three weeks against the New Orleans Saints. The Raiders, still in playoff contention, lick their chops as they visit the winless New York Jets.

The Indianapolis Colts, who throttled the Tennessee Titans 34-17 two weeks ago, didn’t look like -3 in absorbing a 45-26 home pasting in the rematch. For the coup de grace, Tennessee’s A.J. Brown scooped up a high-bouncing onside kick and rumbled 42 yards to a score. The Titans, back on top of the AFC South, host the 8-3 Cleveland Browns. The Colts visit the Houston Texans.

The Los Angeles Rams, -6.5, were beaten 23-20 by the San Francisco 49ers right after they beat the Tampa Bay Bucs last week. The Rams visit the Arizona Cardinals, and the Niners host the Buffalo Bills in one of two Monday night games. The Thursday night game is out, and the Baltimore Ravens will face the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.

Ravens vs. Steelers on Tuesday night

The Baltimore Ravens had a slew of positive COVID-19 tests, forcing their game against Pittsburgh to be moved to Tuesday night.

It will now be a five days behind the schedule affair. Rather than helping to open the slate, the Steelers and Ravens will close the schedule, on Tuesday night.

This is a league nightmare, but a bonus for bettors. Johnny Avello, the director of DraftKings sportsbook operations, told NJ Gambling Sites last week that the book had enjoyed the isolated action of some MAC college games on Tuesday nights last month. The Steelers-Ravens will produce betting fireworks as long as there are no more COVID-19 complications.

Extra points

Give it up for Big Blue, which eked out a noncovering 19-17 triumph against the Cincinnati Bengals to become NFC East king for at least a day.

Wayne Gallman continues to look strong as a difference-making running back and has scored in five straight games. The Giants even survived a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the longest play in Bengals franchise history.

Keep your eye on New York quarterback Daniel Jones, who left Sunday’s game in the second half with a hamstring injury. An early-week MRI will let the Giants know how bad the injury is. Colt McCoy could become the Giants’ starting quarterback. Amid a slew of injuries, the Giants are playing hard, but this would be difficult to swallow. Jones is playing his best ball of the season, going three straight games without a turnover.

Six of the last seven Giants games have been decided by a field goal or less. The Giants have won four of their last six.

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Dave Bontempo

Dave Bontempo, a multiple national award-winning boxing commentator and writer, authors NFL betting columns for the Press of Atlantic City and IGaming Player, among others.