The Philadelphia Eagles begin the 2019 season as one of the top contenders to win the Super Bowl. The Eagles feature a high-powered offense led by quarterback Carson Wentz and a defense that ranked 11th in the NFL a year ago in fewest yards allowed. The key this season for the Eagles will be keeping Wentz healthy, as they no longer have Nick Foles to bail them out, as Foles is now in Jacksonville. Let’s look at the odds on the Eagles making the playoffs and some things to consider.
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Eagles Odds to Make the Playoffs
Eagles Playoff Odds Analysis
It was just a year ago that the Eagles started the season as defending Super Bowl champions, but things didn’t go as planned, as the Eagles had injuries and inconsistent play and just barely made the playoffs, going 9-7. Philadelphia is expected to bounce back in a big way this season, as they are more than a 2-1 favorite to make the playoffs. The Eagles play in a division that is good, but not great. The Dallas Cowboys are thought of as a good team, while the Giants and Redskins are a notch below the Cowboys.
Philadelphia is well coached and they have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball and oddsmakers believe the Eagles are going to make the playoffs in 2019. If you want to take the Eagles you have to lay -250. The plus price on Philadelphia not making the playoffs is attractive at +194, but it seems very unlikely that the Eagles are going to struggle this season.
Philadelphia Eagles Odds
The Eagles are listed with a win total of 10 games for the 2019 season and the over is listed at -147. If the Eagles do win 10 games there is a very good chance they will make the playoffs and they would also probably have a good chance to win the NFC East. If you are going to bet against the Eagles to make the playoffs you need to have a really good reason to do so.
The Eagles added DeSean Jackson to upgrade their receiving corps and they also added free agent defensive tackle Malik Jackson to upgrade the defensive line. Both players should be a factor this season. Philadelphia also brought in Jordan Howard who rushed for 3,370 yards in his three years in Chicago and the Eagles have rookie Miles Sanders.
The Eagles did lose Nick Foles, but they went out and brought in Josh McCown to backup Wentz. There is no question that the Eagles could have serious trouble this season if anything happens to Wentz. The Eagles have an excellent offensive line, but the players can’t stay healthy. Pro Bowl tackle Brandon Brooks is coming off a torn Achilles and Jason Peters and Lane Johnson have struggled to stay healthy.
The offense is really good if everyone is healthy, but there are questions on defense. The team has a number of players coming off injury, including Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills and Nigel Bradham is struggling to recover from torn ligaments in his toe.
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The Eagles should be vastly improved on offense this season with Wentz healthy and with the addition of Jackson. The Eagles ranked just 24th in the NFL a year ago on offense. If everyone stays healthy they should be a top 10 offense in 2019. The defense is another story. They ranked 21st in points allowed last season and they may do well just to match that number this season.
The Eagles are going to score a lot of points in 2019, but they do have defensive concerns to start the season. Philadelphia is good enough to outscore opponents and in today’s NFL there is no question that offense wins games. Taking the Eagles to make the playoffs is the best option for the 2019 season.
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