Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds Preview
The Philadelphia Eagles followed up a disappointing 8-8 season in 2011 with an even worse campaign in 2012, finishing 4-12 SU and ATS for the team’s first losing season since 1999. New head coach Chip Kelly replaces Andy Reid and will try to get the Eagles back on track with his innovative offensive scheme.
The Philadelphia Eagles made a huge splash in the free agent market before the 2011 season, bringing in big stars on both sides of the ball that were expected to make the team a Super Bowl contender. Instead, each of the last two seasons has been mired in disappointment with underperformance and injuries at the forefront. The Eagles were 1-5 SU and ATS vs. NFC East opponents last season.
Despite finishing 13th in the NFL in both passing yards and rushing yards in 2012, the Eagles were unable to convert on drives and finished 29th in scoring with just 17.5 points per game. Michael Vick and Nick Foles both saw significant time under center last year and will compete for the starting job out of camp to run Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense. RB LeSean McCoy and WR DeSean Jackson should fit right in to Kelly’s new system. WR Jeremy Maclin would have as well, but he was lost for the season with an ACL tear.
Philadelphia gave up a disproportional amount of points on defense as well as offense. Despite finishing 15th in total yards against and ninth in passing defense, the Eagles ranked 29th in the NFL in points surrendered with 27.8 against per game. CB Cary Williams was brought in to replace Nnamdi Asomugha, who was a huge bust over the last two seasons in Philadelphia.
Chip Kelly was one of the best coaches in college football, leading the Oregon Ducks to great success with a lightning-fast offense and athletic, turnover-producing defense. If his college football resume is any indication, bettors should expect plenty of OVERs from the Philadelphia Eagles this year.
NFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 2
New York Giants +200
Dallas Cowboys +240
Washington Redskins +240
Philadelphia Eagles +325