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Philadelphia vs. St. Louis Preview & Free Week 1 Pick

NFC Football Previews – Philadelphia (0-0) at St. Louis (0-0)

The Philadelphia Eagles begin defense of their 2010 NFC East title this upcoming Sunday afternoon with a trip to the Edward Jones Dome to battle the NFC West’s St. Louis Rams.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. St. Louis Rams Matchup
Date/Time: Sunday, Sept.11    1 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Edward Jones Dome
Broadcast: FOX
Eagles at Rams lines by BetOnline.com
Point spread: Eagles -4.5
Over/Under: 43.5

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Game time is set for 1 p.m. and it will be broadcast regionally on FOX.

Head coach Andy Reid begins his 13th season at the helm with perhaps the most talented team ever assembled in Philadelphia. The Eagles finished the 2010 season with a 10-6 record overall and a 6-2 straight-up record on the road, but came up short in the Wildcard Round of the playoffs with a 21-16 loss to Green Bay as a one-point home favorite.

In order to get over-the-hump and back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2004, the Eagles opened their check book to add defensive linemen Cullen Jenkins and Jason Babin, defensive backs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, and running back Ronnie Brown in an effort to fill in the remaining holes on a team that has been a perennial contender over the years. They also wrote a huge check to quarterback Michael Vick to keep him dressed in green for the next six years.

St. Louis has been taking the slow but steady approach to rebuilding a team that won a total of six games from 2007-2009. Last season’s 7-9 record was a monumental step forward and one the Rams hope to build on heading into this game. They went just 2-6 SU on the road last season, but were tough to beat at home, going 5-3 SU. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

One of the big reasons for the turnaround was the play of rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. His numbers were not earth-scattering with 3,512 yards passing and 18 touchdown throws, but he did complete 60 percent of his passes and managed the game well. He is poised for bigger and better things this season with the addition of tight end Lance Kendricks and wide receivers’ Austin Pettis and Greg Salas in this year’s draft.

Head-to-head, Philadelphia is 7-1-1 against the spread in the last nine games and the total has stayed ‘under’ in the last four meetings overall. It may take a couple of games for all the new talent on Philly’s roster to gel, so it is a good chance for St. Louis to keep things close enough to cover the 4.5 points at home.

Betting Trends:

Over is 9-4 in PHI last 13 games overall.
STL are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games in Week 1.
Under is 12-5 in STL last 17 games in September.
Under is 7-3 in STL last 10 home games.
PHI are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
Home team is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings.

The Pick: Philadelphia 24 vs. St. Louis 20

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