2008 Philadephia Eagles NFC East Predictions July 7th, 2008
By: NFL Handicapping Staff
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NFL Football Futures Betting – Eagles Not Extinct
Our best Sportsbooks has all of its NFL odds up to win the Super Bowl, along with divisional and conference football odds, and a special proposition on the rookie of the year. As far as one of the divisions is concerned, the NFC East once again promises to be one of the most competitive. The Dallas Cowboys reside there, as does another playoff team, the Washington Redskins, and the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The only one left is the Philadelphia Eagles. Can they take flight in 2008? We will examine that today.
First, here’s a look at the odds to win the NFC East title as well as the NFC championship, as it is posted at Our best Sportsbooks:
BetUS NFL Futures Odds
To Win NFC East
Dallas Cowboys -115
New York Giants +275
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES +300
Washington Redskins +700
To win the NFC Championship
Dallas Cowboys +330
Green Bay Packers +1200
New York Giants +900
New Orleans Saints +1000
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES +800
Seattle Seahawks +1000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1400
Washington Redskins +1600
Minnesota Vikings +1100
Arizona Cardinals +1800
Carolina Panthers +2000
Detroit Lions +3000
Chicago Bears +1700
San Francisco 49ers +3300
St. Louis Rams +3300
Atlanta Falcons +10000
It was important to the Eagles that Donovan McNabb return from the ACL tear the year before, even though Jeff Garcia was able to lead the team into the 2006 playoffs.
Garcia had left for Tampa Bay in free agency, and McNabb, whose mobility was in question, knew it was going to be a slow process. By the end of the season, there was cause for optimism, as the Eagles won their last three games, including a 10-6 win at Dallas. McNabb threw with 65% accuracy in those games.
Brian Westbrook was once again pivotal to the Philadelphia fortunes, ranking first in the league in yards gained from scrimmage (i.e., rushing and receiving). But here simply has to be more balance in terms of weapons, and indications are that the Eagles did not go very far in doing that. Sure, Lorenzo Booker was added to reinforce the running back position. Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown are adequate wideouts. And L.J. Smith is a serviceable tight end. But there is no one here who is going to strike fear in the hearts of opposing defensive coordinators. And with Andy Reid a proponent of the West Coast offense, enemy stop units don’t really have to cover the whole field.
That was okay when McNabb was at full throttle in terms of his ability to run the football, but he is not in that kind of position now, even if he is completely healthy. Even short distances puzzled the Eagles at times; they finished 24th in the league in red zone offense.
There was excitement, certainly, when one of the prizes in the free agent crop – cornerback Asante Samuel – was signed away from the New England Patriots. When defensive coordinator Jim Johnson’s scheme was most successful, he was able to maintain man coverage with capable corners and bring a lot of people on the pass rush. Well, now Samuel teams with Lito Sheppard, a Pro Bowl player, to give the Eagles a great tandem there. The Philadelphia pass rush fell off last year, but there is hope that it will return, as the defensive tackles are normally pretty good at putting pressure on the quarterback and will be helped by the addition of defensive end Chris Clemons, who played for Oakland last year and joins Trent Cole, who registered 12.5 sacks in 2007. Linebackers, however, may become an issue as the season progresses. They have little experience and depth at that position.
Special teams is a problem that needs to be addressed. The Eagles don;t cover kicks very well, and David Akers, who was a woeful two for ten outside of 40 yards last season, does not give the offense much scoring range. That compounds problems when you are not overly explosive, have a do-everything running back (Westbrook) who has to be experiencing some wear-and-tear, and rough sledding in the red zone. The defense may stage a comeback, but it’s the attack that leaves us skeptical about this Eagle crew.
JAY’S PREDICTION FOR 2008:
Philadelphia Eagles — 7-9, 4th place, NFC East
(+300 to win division, +800 to win AFC, +1800 to win Super Bowl in the Top Sportsbooks NFL futures betting odds)
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