Surging Philadelphia Eagles Now Betting Favorite to Win NFC
Fresh off of their incredibly impressive 51-23 whipping of the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles are now listed as the favorite to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LII.
Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas now has the Eagles listed at 4-1 to win the Super Bowl this season, trailing only the New England Patriots, who remain the favorites at 7-2.
The Eagles opened the season as incredible longshots. Coming off of a rather unremarkable 7-9 season, Philly was listed as low as 65-1 to win Super Bowl LII before the 2017 campaign began.
The Eagles, who improved to 8-1 with their win over the Broncos, have won seven consecutive games overall. They’re listed at 2-1 to win the NFC and an insane -1,200 to win the NFC East. Heading into Week 10, the Eagles are two-and-a-half games ahead of the second place Dallas Cowboys in the division.
South Point sportsbook director Chris Andrews said that the Eagles are, “…legit, well-coached, well-quarterbacked.” Andrews actually moved the Eagles to 7-2 at his own book, just ahead of the Patriots (4-1).
According to OddsShark.com, the Eagles entered Week 9’s game against Denver at +600 to win it all this season. The Pats were listed at +350. Coincidentally, the Patriots’ victory over the Eagles after the 2004 season was the last time New England won back-to-back Super Bowl titles.
Prior to the season, William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook reportedly took more bets on the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win it all than they did for the Eagles. The Giants, 49ers and Bucs are a combined 3-22 through the season’s first nine weeks.
Not Underdogs Anymore
Obviously, the betting public is buying into these Eagles’ chances at glory. Through their first nine games, the Eagles are 8-1 straight-up and 7-2 against the spread. Jay Rood, the vice president of MGM race and sports, told ESPN on Sunday, “I’m pretty sure we’ll see strong play on the Eagles from here on out.” A safe bet, indeed.
The aforementioned Eagles-Broncos game was one of the more heavily-bet games of the Sunday afternoon slate, with the vast majority of the betting money coming in on Philadelphia to win.
The Eagles entered the game as seven-point favorites at home to beat Brock Osweiler and the Broncos. Carson Wentz’s four touchdown passes went a long way toward the Eagles covering that spread with ease.
The early slate of games didn’t go too well for Vegas’ sportsbooks, especially considering the amount of money bet on the Eagles to beat that spread. The lone salvation for the books was the Panthers’ victory over the Falcons.
Carolina picked up a 20-17 victory over Atlanta despite entering the game as three-point underdogs. The afternoon’s Redskins upset victory over the Seahawks also helped the books recover somewhat from a rough morning.
There was also huge money bet on the Oakland Raiders to beat the Miami Dolphins on the road on Sunday night. The Raiders, who were favored by three points, wound up winning 27-24, so the game was a push.
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