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NFL odds: NFC East team gaining favor with bettors

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The bandwagon for bettors of the Philadelphia Eagles is filling up for the upcoming NFL season. 

The Eagles proceed to get heavy betting motion this offseason, said Dylan Brossman, FOX Bet sports trader. The motion has caused Philadelphia’s betting odds to shorten once more, so let’s have a look.

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The Eagles went 9-8 in the primary season under coach Nick Sirianni, then lost within the wild-card round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-15.

Philadelphia is looking for its first playoff victory for the reason that 2018 season.

So why are bettors everywhere in the Eagles? The hype first began on draft night when Philadelphia traded for star wide receiver A.J. Brown. All of the betting motion right after the draft actually made the Eagles a liability at FOX Bet.

After things died down a bit, the Philly love picked up Wednesday when the team poached free agent cornerback James Bradberry from the NFC East rival Giants. 

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Within the pass-happy NFL, cornerback is a premium position on defense and Bradberry was tied for fourth within the NFL in passes defended (12) and tied for twelfth with 4 interceptions last season.

“It’s no surprise that the Eagles’ odds have continued to shorten as Philly’s hype grows this offseason,” Brossman said. “The Eagles now have two legit cover corners with their latest addition, James Bradberry, set to lineup opposite Darius Slay. 

“Up front, they’ve been bolstered by Georgia rookies Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean, in addition to free-agent Haason Reddick. On the offensive side of the ball, A.J. Brown has joined fellow playmaker DeVonta Smith to make things easier for everyone.”

Listed below are some current odds on the Eagles at FOX Bet:

Eagles regular season wins: Over 9.5 -125 (bet $10 to win $18) | Under 9.5 +100 (bet $10 to win $20)

Eagles make playoffs: Yes -133 (bet $10 to win $17.52 total) | No +100 (bet $10 to win $20)

Win NFC East: +190 (bet $10 to win $29)

Win NFC: +1400 (bet $10 to win $150)

Win Super Bowl LVII: +3000 (bet $10 to win $310)

Jalen Hurts Offensive Player of the 12 months: +4000 (bet $10 to win $410)

Jalen Hurts NFL MVP: +3000 (bet $10 to win $310)

Jordan Davis Defensive Rookie of the 12 months Bet Boost: Was +1000, now +1200 (bet $10 to win $130)

Nakobe Dean Defensive Rookie of the 12 months: +1600 (bet $10 to win $170)

The Eagles were an outlier within the pass-first NFL last season, leading the league in rushing attempts (550) and rushing yards (2,715).

Philadelphia is banking on the continued development of quarterback Jalen Hurts, who also led the team in rushing (784 yards) last season. Adding weapons on offense should assist in that development.

“On paper, the Eagles have surrounded Jalen Hurts with all of the pieces that he must succeed,” Brossman said. “If the Eagles can stay relatively healthy, their fate will ultimately come all the way down to the maturation of the third-year QB. Further strengthening the Eagles’ hopes is the undeniable fact that they’ve considered one of the best schedules within the league — I expect them to be favored in eight of their first nine games this season.”

The Eagles even have the third-easiest schedule, based on opponents’ combined record last season (133-154-2). 

Despite the optimism amongst bettors, there are reasons for caution.

The Eagles didn’t beat a team that made the playoffs last season and haven’t won greater than nine games in the course of the regular season since 2017 — once they went 13-3 and captured Super Bowl LII.

The Eagles have a losing regular-season record all time (599-627-27) and within the playoffs (23-24).

Despite all of that, the dynamic Hurts is the explanation for the optimism.

“The Eagles’ odds shortened in every market on the heels of the James Bradberry news, but perhaps the largest surprise was the cash we saw are available in on Jalen Hurts for league MVP,” Brossman said. “This morning we moved Hurts’ MVP odds from +4000 to +2500.

“Within the last 10 seasons, nobody has won MVP honors on a team that won lower than 11 games, apart from Adrian Peterson in 2012. The bettors backing Hurts must feel that their roster is now ok for double-digit wins. If the Eagles can achieve this and Hurts improves on his dual-threat statistics, there’s no reason he couldn’t win the award.”

So are you a Birds Believer? In that case, head over to FOX Bet to put your wagers.

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