Entering the 2019-2020 season, a prediction of the Eagles being in the playoffs would have been looked at with a “Duh!” expression, but after the injury-plagued season and losses to poor teams the season seemed dead.
Somehow, the Eagles won four straight games and finished at 9-7, winning the NFC East over the Dallas Cowboys who lost a sizable lead in the division. Now, the NFL playoffs are on the horizon which means the Eagles have a chance to win the Super Bowl. This means one thing…betting on the NFL futures market.
With the landscape of the NFL changing going into the playoffs, let’s take a look at how the Eagles’ 2020 Super Bowl hopes are viewed by the PA Sportsbook Apps entering Wild Card Weekend.
Let’s take a look at the Eagles‘ odds, a Wild Card preview and how the Eagles fare against the Seahawks.
Eagles Super Bowl Odds
On all four PA Sportsbook Apps, the Eagles were +4000 to win the Super Bowl before their Week 16 win against the Cowboys, now three of the four have the Eagles at +3000 to win the Super Bowl entering the playoffs.
FanDuel Sportsbook at +3400 is the best value on the board, and where you should bet the Eagles to win the Super Bowl if you like that bet. They have had the best odds for three weeks in a row for bettors on the Eagles‘ futures.
The odds remained unchanged at DraftKings, BetRivers, and SugarHouse entering the playoffs which was expected. The odd part is, FanDuel’s odds dropped from +3100 to +3400. This is great for bettors, but it’s curious why FanDuel is 400 points lower than the other books.
Either way if you plan to bet this future, FanDuel Sportsbook is the place to be.
Seahawks vs. Eagles 2020 Wild Card Weekend Preview
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When: January 5, 2019 4:40 PM EST
Spread: Seattle Seahawks -2
Of the four games on Wild Card Weekend, the Eagles are the only home underdog at +2. In addition, heavy money has come in on the Seahawks to cover -2.
With that being said, the Seahawks have been one of the worst teams in the NFL against the spread in 2019-20 and some expected this spread to be even further than -2 with all of the Eagles‘ injuries.
Seattle is known to be a much better team at home, but this year they were 7-1 on the road.
Earlier in the season in Week 12, the Seahawks beat the Eagles in Philadelphia 17-9 behind Rashaad Penny’s 129 yards and a score.
The Eagles have a chance to beat the Seahawks, but there are a few keys they will need to succeed with to advance to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
Contain Russell Wilson
Wilson was an MVP candidate this season, and had it not been for Lamar Jackson having video game numbers, Wilson may be the NFL MVP.
In 16 games this season, the Seattle QB threw for 4110 yards, 31 TD, and ran for 342 yards and three scores. He only turned the ball over seven times, and no one can argue the Seahawks would be an average football team without him.
In the earlier matchup, the Eagles held Wilson to just 200 yards and one touchdown while forcing two turnovers and six sacks.
They still lost the game 17-9, but the offense has to score more than 17 points to win anyway. In order to contain Russell Wilson, you have to keep him inside the pocket while still penetrating the middle. Derek Barnett, Brandon Graham, and Fletcher Cox play key roles in the Eagles’ defense this week.
Matt Pryor Must Play Well
In what seemed inevitable, the Eagles lost another key part of their offense in Week 17 as Brandon Brooks separated his shoulder and is out for the remainder of the season. The Eagles will likely get Lane Johnson back at right tackle, but without Brooks they will need young Matt Pryor to step up in his place.
Luckily, Pryor has two All-Pro level football players next to him in Jason Kelce and Johnson, but he will still need to hold his own given the prowess of Brooks in the passing and running game.
Pryor played well in Week 17, but a playoff game against a Seattle Seahawks front is much different than a meaningless game to the New York Giants.
All eyes will be on Carson Wentz, but Pryor is the key to this offensive line playing well and helping the offense move the football.