A Best Bet: Why You Should Bet on the Eagles

Nov 5, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi (36) reacts to his touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

As Doug Pederson’s squad enters the bye week, some Eagles fans may have a little something extra to celebrate in addition to their 8-1 record.

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Halfway through the NFL regular season, the Eagles own the NFL’s best record against the spread. Philadelphia has covered the spread in seven of its nine games this season.

While the extra change in the pocket is nice for some, the Eagles’ record against the spread is a nice barometer for how the team is performing against market expectations.

In the two games that Philadelphia failed to cover, both margins were by under a field goal (at Kansas City as an underdog, and against NY Giants as a favorite). In the seven games that Philadelphia has covered the spread, they’ve done so by an average of 11.3 points/game.

So what do professionals in Vegas think? Is this run fools-gold, or do the Birds have a chance at making it to Minneapolis in February? At the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Philadelphia is the 2/1 favorite to win the NFC.

Jeff Fogle from the Vegas Stats & Information Network has Philadelphia tied with New England and Pittsburgh at the top of his power ratings.

Prior to last week’s win over Denver, back-to-back winner of the Las Vegas Hilton SuperContest, Steve Fezzik, had the Eagles as the second-best team in the league – A half-point behind New England. 

Now that the cat is out of the bag, if bettors want to back the Eagles in the second half of the season, they’re going to pay a premium to do so. But if you’re looking for an under-the-radar play, keep an eye on this: Dating back to the end of the 2014 season, the OVER is 13-2 in Eagles road games.

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