Handicapping Philadelphia (10)
May 2, 2018
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The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are expected to have another successful season in 2018, as their win total is set at 10. The Eagles should have Carson Wentz back under center this season and he leads a very potent offense that averaged over 28 points per game last season.
The Eagles also boast a defense that was 4th in the NFL a year ago in fewest points allowed. The Eagles will be featured five times in prime time for the 2018 regular season. Can Philadelphia win at least 11 games and go over their win total?
2018 Philadelphia Eagles Regular Season Win Total - per BetDSI
Over 10 (-125)
Under 10 (-105)
The Eagles have a reasonable schedule for 2018 considering they are defending Super Bowl champs. They have only one two-game road trip this season and they only play three teams that are not in the Eastern Time Zone, as they face the Cowboys, Rams and Titans. Philadelphia does play seven teams that made the playoffs last season and they do have a game in London in late October.
2018 Philadelphia Eagles Schedule Analysis (All Times Eastern)
Week 1: Thursday, Sept. 6, Atlanta, 8:20 p.m.
The opener for the Eagles will be at home on a Thursday night on NBC and it won’t be easy, as the high scoring Falcons are the opponent. Carson Wentz will need to be ready to go right from the start if the Eagles are to keep up with Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16, at Tampa Bay, 1:00 p.m.
The Bucs are still not a great team, but they are capable of pulling off the upset if Jameis Winston plays well. The Eagles will have the advantage of some extra rest after playing on Thursday and that may be the difference.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, Indianapolis, 1:00 p.m.
The Colts simply don’t have the defense to contend with the Eagles offense and Andrew Luck would have to outscore Wentz to win this game and that is not likely.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30, at Tennessee, 1:00 p.m.
The Eagles face a tough road test at the Titans in Week 4. Tennessee is still a notch below Philadelphia in terms of overall talent, but this game is in Nashville and it could be decided in the last few minutes.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7, Minnesota, 4:25 p.m.
The Vikings will be looking for revenge, but they may not get it, as Minnesota is not the same team they were a year ago, as they have a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins. The Eagles are tough to beat at home and they should find a way to beat the Vikings.
Week 6: Thursday, Oct. 11, at N.Y. Giants, 8:20 p.m.
The Eagles have the defense to harass Eli Manning and contain rookie running back Saquon Barkley. Wentz should have a big night against Big Blue as the Eagles get the road win.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21, Carolina, 1:00 p.m.
The Panthers don’t have the offense to keep up with the Eagles and Carolina’s defense hasn’t been that good in the past couple of years. This should be a solid home win for Philadelphia.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28, vs. Jacksonville, 9:30 a.m. (London)
This should be a defensive struggle that could be decided by which team makes the fewest mistakes. Anytime you get Wentz vs. Bortles you go with Wentz and that means the Eagles should win this one.
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11, Dallas, 8:20 p.m.
The first of two meetings for the Eagles against the Cowboys this season is in Philadelphia. The road team has done pretty well in this series, but this year’s Dallas team doesn’t look to be a serious contender.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18, at New Orleans, 1:00 p.m.
This should be a shootout between Wentz and Brees in the Superdome. The Saints are one of the few teams that can challenge the Philadelphia defense.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25, N.Y. Giants, 1:00 p.m.
The Eagles should not have any problem winning this game at home against the Giants.
Week 13: Monday, Dec. 3, Washington, 8:15 p.m.
The Redskins will score some points but they don’t have the defense to keep this Philadelphia offense under wraps. The Eagles should get a convincing win on Monday night.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 9, at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.
The Eagles are more than capable of getting the road win in Dallas, but they will be playing on short rest after playing on Monday against Washington.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16, at L.A. Rams, 8:20 p.m.
The Eagles got no favors on their late season schedule as they have to play three of their final four games of the season on the road. This looks to be the toughest of the three and perhaps and NFC Championship Game preview.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23, Houston, 1:00 p.m.
The only home game for the Eagles in the last four weeks may not be easy, as the Texans could be a playoff contender if Deshaun Watson is healthy.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30, at Washington, 1:00 p.m.
The regular season finale for the Eagles is in Washington and it could be a key game for both teams in terms of making the playoffs or playoff seeding.
It is always a bit risky to play over the total on a defending Super Bowl champion, but do you see six or seven losses on this schedule for the Eagles? The Eagles need to go 11-5 to go over their win total of 10 and based on their 2018 schedule they should have every chance to match last year’s 13-3 record.
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