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The Future is Hazy in Philly

After two straight 10-6 seasons, the Philadelphia Eagles regressed to 7-9 in an ugly 2015 campaign. For Eagles fans and backers, the year couldn’t end quickly enough.

Philly made some big moves in the offseason, sending embattled head coach Chip Kelly out the door while bringing in Doug Pederson from Kansas City. They went all-in at the NFL Draft, trading up to take quarterback of the future Carson Wentz at No. 2.

Sam Bradford remains the lead option under center, but that’s not exactly an ideal situation for both parties. Bradford’s reputation took a major hit in the offseason, as the Oklahoma product re-upped with the Eagles before the draft and then demanded a trade after the team took Wentz. Bradford hasn’t had the smoothest NFL career, and it would be a major stretch to expect him to breakout this year.

Oddsmakers are expecting Philly to be an afterthought this year. Here’s a complete breakdown:

Super Bowl +6600

Philadelphia is in the bottom third of the Super Bowl odds list at Bovada, tied with the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans. You wouldn’t exactly call that good company to be in. Even if you’re blind drunk and stumbling around Las Vegas, I wouldn’t recommend placing this bet.

NFC Champion +3300

The Eagles have represented the NFC in the big game twice, but they haven’t been there since falling to the New England Patriots in 2004. There are sharp solid value long shot bets and there are foolish long shot bets. Simply put, any team led by Bradford is not going to be a Super Bowl team.

NFC East +400

In a division with no clear standout squad, the Eagles lag behind the Cowboys, Giants and Redskins. Adjusting to Pederson is going to take some getting used to, and the cupboard looks bare offensively in the wake of Kelly’s disastrous moves. Stranger things have happened in the NFC East, though.

Over/Under Win total - 7

Oddsmakers are expecting the Eagles to equal their win output from 2015, but I’m calling for Philly’s downward spiral to continue. The roster has major holes in it on both offense and defense, and inefficiency at the quarterback spot will likely continue to plague the team. The only thing stopping me from placing an OVER bet is the Philly’s strength of schedule. The Eagles have the seventh-easiest schedule in the league. Jordan Matthews (+10000) for most receiving yards.

Jordan Matthews to lead the league in receiving yards +10000

It’s highly unlikely to happen, but Jordan Matthews is the lone standout wide receiver on this team. Matthews is coming off a down year after starting his NFL career red-hot as a rookie, but the addition of Pederson helps him greatly. Pederson comes from the school of ex-Eagles coach Andy Reid, which means one wideout will be leaned upon to see a ton of action.

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