2018 Philadelphia Eagles NFL Betting Preview
Riding their backup quarterback to the first Super Bowl title in team history, the Philadelphia Eagles enter the 2018 season as the favorite to repeat in the NFC. It won’t be easy with the expectations raised beyond belief, and the Eagles will be the hunted this time around. Philly snuck up on a lot of people last season behind the play of Carson Wentz and one of the better defenses in the league. But it was Nick Foles who delivered against the Pats. The team returns virtually intact with Wentz ready to resume his starting role. And as long as the Eagles remain motivated, they are the best team in the NFC East.
2018 Philadelphia Eagles at a Glance
Eagles Super Bowl Odds: +705
Eagles NFC Championship Odds: +365
Eagles NFC East Odds: -160
Eagles Regular Season Win Total: 10.5
When Wentz went down with a knee injury in Week 13, many felt the Eagles chances of winning went with him. And it didn’t look good when Foles struggled in his first few starts. Wentz was having an MVP-type season with a league-best 33 touchdown passes at the time of his injury making the Eagles the NFL’s highest scoring team. If there was anything good about Wentz’s injury it’s that it came early enough for the team to incorporate Foles into the offense.
With Wentz and Foles back the Eagles have a solid QB combo, and as we’ve seen over the last several seasons a team can never have enough quality behind center. That gives Philly an edge over every other team in the league. The injury to Wentz overshadowed the loss of offensive lineman Jason Peters and linebacker Jordan Hicks, a pair of starters. The Eagles will only be better with those two returning. There isn’t a game-breaking star on offense and that’s what makes them so dangerous. Wentz and Foles spread the ball around with 10 different players catching at least 10 passes.
While Wentz and the offense received plenty of headlines last season, Jim Schwartz’s defense was stout. Philly was No. 1 against the run and ranked fourth in yards allowed per game. Their 18.4 points per game against was also fourth-best. And the return of Hicks should help strengthen the unit. The pieces are in place for another Super Bowl run as long as the team doesn’t get stagnant and rest on its first Super Bowl title.
2018 Philadelphia Eagles Schedule
Week 1: Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Sep. 6, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 2: Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sep. 16, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 3: Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Sep. 23, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 4: Eagles at Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Sep. 30, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 5: Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 7, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 6: Eagles at New York Giants, Thursday, Oct. 11, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFLN)
Week 7: Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 8: Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m. ET (NFLN)
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 11, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 11: Eagles at New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 12: Eagles vs. New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 13: Eagles vs. Washington Redskins, Monday, Dec. 3, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Week 14: Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 9, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 15: Eagles at Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Dec. 16, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 16: Eagles vs. Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 17: Eagles at Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Philadelphia Eagles History
The Eagles were removed from a dubious list after defeating the New England Patriots in last season’s Super Bowl. They were one of 13 current franchises to have never won a Super Bowl, but Nick Foles outdueled Tom Brady and Philly captured its fourth NFL Championship and first since the 1960 season.
Entering the NFL as an expansion team for the 1933 season, the Eagles suffered through some lean years. It wasn’t until the 1943 campaign when the club merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers that they had a winning season. The temporary merger stemmed from a lack of players due to World War II and lasted just one season. In the late 1940s the Eagles appeared in three consecutive NFL Championship Games, winning the last two by shutout to become the only NFL team with back-to-back shutout victories in a title game. The Eagles beat Green Bay for the 1960 title, handing legendary coach Vince Lombardi and his Packers their only playoff loss.
Enjoying their first post-merger success, the Eagles made four straight playoff trips from 1978 to 1981 and won their first division title during the 1980 campaign. They advanced to their first Super Bowl, bowing to the Oakland Raiders. Since the late 1980s, the Eagles have been a consistent threat. They’ve reached the postseason 17 times with nine division titles and haven’t gone more than three seasons without a playoff game.
Past Philadelphia Eagles Seasons
|2017||13-3||Won Super Bowl|
|2013||10-6||Lost Wild Card Round|
|2010||10-6||Lost Wild Card Round|
|2009||11-5||Lost Wild Card Round|
|2008||9-6-1||Lost Conference Championship|
|2006||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|2004||13-3||Lost Super Bowl|
|2003||12-4||Lost Conference Championship|
|2002||12-4||Lost Conference Championship|
|2001||11-5||Lost Conference Championship|
|2000||11-5||Lost Divisional Round|
|1996||10-6||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1995||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|1992||11-5||Lost Divisional Round|
|1990||10-6||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1989||11-5||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1988||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|1981||10-6||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1980||12-4||Lost Super Bowl|
|1979||11-5||Lost Divisional Round|
|1978||9-7||Lost Wild Card Round|