The hard part is done.
In Week 16, the Eagles defeated the Dallas Cowboys to “win the NFC East”, but the work is not done.
If the Eagles lose to the Giants and the Cowboys defeat the Redskins, the Eagles could still lose the division. For Eagles’ fans sake, let’s hope that does not happen.
The Super Bowl Odds certainly indicate the Eagles will the ones representing the NFC East in the playoffs, that is for sure.
With the landscape of the NFL changing after a wild Week 16, let’s take a look at how the Eagles’ 2020 Super Bowl hopes are viewed by the PA Sportsbook Apps entering Week 17’s win-and-in against the Giants.
Eagles Super Bowl Odds
On all four PA Sportsbook Apps, the Eagles were +4000 to win the Super Bowl before last week’s Cowboys showdown. On each of the four, the Eagles’ odds are much better this week.
FanDuel Sportsbook at +3100 is the best value on the board, and where you should bet the Eagles to win the Super Bowl if you like that bet.
The Eagles are in the driver’s seat to win the NFC East, but the PA Sportsbook Apps are not fans of them to win the whole thing. There are at least nine teams with better odds, and even teams that may not even make the playoffs with odds closer to the Eagles (Titans/Steelers) than the Eagles are closer to the favorite (Ravens).
If the Eagles beat the Giants in Week 17, they will officially be NFC East Champions. If the Cowboys lose, the Eagles will be NFC East Champions.
One more win to make it official, but the Super Bowl Odds are not likely to change too much, assuming the Eagles win on Sunday.
Giants vs. Eagles 2020 Week 17 Preview
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
When: December 29, 2019 4:25 PM EST
Spread: Philadelphia Eagles -4.5
It’s simple. The Eagles need to win a game where they are favored to win the NFC East.
Now, this is why they play the games. The Giants just scored a ton of points against the Redskins, and will have Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley on offense against an Eagles defense that had struggled entering Week 16’s Cowboys game.
There are a few keys to the game that will propel the Eagles to the NFC East title.
Stop Saquon Barkley
Barkley has been on fire of late for the Giants, with a dominant two weeks against the Dolphins and Redskins.
Week 15 – 24 carries, 112 yards, two touchdowns. Four catches for 31 yards.
Week 16 – 22 carries, 189 yards, one touchdown. Four catches for 90 yards, one touchdown.
Barkley seems to be healthy again, and good matchups have not hurt him as he has totaled over 420 total yards of offense in two games with four scores.
The Eagles have had a terrific run defense all season long, and will need to defend and contain him like they did to Ezekiel Elliott in Week 16 13 carries for 47 yards on the ground and seven catches for 37 yards through the air.
Take Care of the Ball
In Week 16, the Eagles did not turn the ball over once.
Carson Wentz fumbled, but recovered his own and that was the lone scare.
This allowed the Eagles to run over 70 plays on offense, and limit the Cowboys‘ offensive possessions.
If they can protect the football, it helps everything.
This tweet from Reuben Frank sums it up: