Breaking Down The Philadelphia Eagles Win Total
2020 NFL Season
Philadelphia Eagles: 9 wins -- Super Bowl Odds: 16/1 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Philadelphia Eagles were an underachieving team last season that won nine games and was a quick exit in the playoffs. Oddsmakers believe that the Eagles will bounce back this season with the win total set at 9.5 wins and that side being juiced. The Eagles have won double-digit games just once in the last five years, so there’s reason for hesitation before breaking this thing down. Get Free NFL Picks and NFL Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place.
Subtractions: Running back Jordan Howard bounces after one season and 525 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 10 games. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor leaves Philly for Las Vegas after five seasons with the Eagles where he racked up 2,515 yards, 18 touchdowns and 224 receptions. Safety Malcolm Jenkins goes back to New Orleans after six seasons with the Eagles where he had 406 solo tackles, 11 interceptions and 58 pass deflections. Cornerback Ronald Darby leaves the Eagles after three seasons where he produced 103 solo tackles, six interceptions and 32 pass deflections.
Additions: The Eagles really didn’t make a ton of additions this offseason other than adding Javon Hargrave to the defensive line and Darius Slay to the secondary. Hargrave spent his first few seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he had 168 total tackles, 14.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. At only 27 years old, Hargrave has to feel like he can contribute more in an expanded role. Slay is one of the better cornerbacks in the league, as he’s made the Pro Bowl each of the last three years and was a first-team All-Pro in 2017. Slay has 19 career interceptions and his 104 pass deflections is the best in Detroit Lions franchise history.
Overall: There’s really not a lot to breakdown with the Philadelphia Eagles, as they’re a very talented team and capable of making another Super Bowl run as long as they can stay healthy.
Last season, the Eagles injury report was longer than DMX’s rap sheet and they still managed to win nine games and sneak into the playoffs. Carson Wentz was sacked 37 times and all of his weapons were on the sidelines banged up. Those things improve with a healthy offensive line and Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson back in uniform.
Defensively, the Eagles were average or above average across the board and seemed to get stronger as the season played out. Hargrave adds depth to the defensive front and Slay gives the Eagles a physical corner with great ball skills. There’s a lot of pressure off guys such as Avonte Maddox and Jalen Mills with Slay taking away the opponents best receiver.
Schedule wise, the Eagles get the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints at home, and six of their eight road opponents didn’t make the playoffs last season. This Eagles schedule is cake for the most part.
Assuming the Eagles don’t run into the injury bug like they did last season, they should be favorites to win the NFC East and shouldn’t have trouble winning double-digit games for the second time under Doug Pederson.
Give me the over.