Philadelphia Eagles Betting: 2018 Season in Review

Philadelphia Eagles Betting: 2018 Season in Review

The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles won nine games and advanced to the NFC Dvisional Round before falling in a six-point loss to the Saints, a fairly decent outcome given their litany of injuries and knowing the tenuous league history of defending champions successfully attempting to defend their titles.

To NFL betting fans who harbored greater expectations, the Eagles were mostly disappointing.

Even with Carson Wentz returning from major knee surgery by Week 3, the Eagles took a major step backward offensively. Injuries at wide receiver, running back and the offensive line coupled with some drop-off from those who enjoyed career seasons in 2017 precipitated a drop in points scored by almost a touchdown per game.

Injuries on the defensive line and at cornerback also conspired against a defense that allowed about three more points per game in 2018 than during its championship season.

2018 Eagles Betting Trends

Brutal Start Against the Spread

Not surprisingly, the Eagles went 4-9 against the spread for the first 13 games despite being favored for the first nine games. Those who picked up on their pattern of low-scoring games were most rewarded, as Eagles games failed to reach the total eight times in those 13 games.

And those who were convinced by December that the Eagles weren’t a good bet probably lost when Nick Foles took over for an injured Carson Wentz and recreated his 2017 magic.

Foles brought stability back to the offense, which averaged 29 points per game over the final three games to help a decimated defense and reward those who gambled on the Foles-lead Eagles to provide the same touch he did last year en route to winning Super Bowl MVP.

Foles the Money Man

The Eagles covered in all three of Foles’ December starts and helped the underdogs cover in both road playoff games against Chicago and New Orleans.

Those who preferred the money line were even happier, as the Eagles rewarded them four times in the final five games, including a +590 against the Rams on Dec. 16 and +241 against the Bears in the NFC wild-card round.

Those who hit big on the Eagles in December and early January perhaps broke even after a difficult first three months.

Not Playing Favorites

The Eagles were a disappointing favorite this year, winning just six of 13 games in which they were gave points to their opponent. They also performed poorly as a home favorite (3-5) and only slightly better as a road dog (3-2). They were even as a road favorite (2-2) and in NFC games (7-7).

Best Bet & Wildest Cover

Their best bet and wildest cover was the 30-23 win over the Rams in Los Angeles, a game in which the Eagles were given 13½ points.

Those who picked the Eagles also probably took the over given the Rams’ penchant for scoring points and the “Foles magic” observers noticed from his Super Bowl run. Those folks were rewarded twice, as the Eagles covered and the game inched over the 52½ over/under mark.

Worst Beats

The Rams cover may have compensated for those who took the Eagles giving seven to the Cowboys on Nov. 11, a game the Eagles lost, 27-20, or for those who banked on the Eagles covering in the Dec. 9 rematch against the Cowboys. The Eagles were given 3½ in that game but lost in overtime by six.

Eagles Futures Betting

With Wentz already declared the 2019 starter and with Foles almost certainly headed for the exits via free agency or trade, the Eagles will load up this offseason for another Super Bowl run.

So far, top NFL bookmakers don’t seem convinced the Eagles will make enough moves to warrant an early wager on next year’s Super Bowl. Odds of the Eagles winning the 2020 Super Bowl are 20-1, tied with the Colts, Cowboys and Ravens. Nine other teams are ahead, including the Rams and Bears, two teams the Eagles beat this season on the road.

Given that Wentz could easily revert to 2017 MVP-caliber form and the team’s history of using the trade market aggressively, the Eagles could be a profitable bet to win the 2020 Super Bowl. They will be reloading and preparing for another run.

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