Alright everybody, this is the moment you have all been waiting for. The Super Bowl rematch, between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.
You all remember what happened last time, as the game resulted in the Eagles being Super Bowl champions. Well, this time it seems much different, at least for the Eagles. Quarterback Carson Wentz will be behind center, as opposed to Nick Foles, for starters.
Let’s take a look at the bets and odds for this game, and some keys to victory for the Eagles.
Bets and odds for Eagles vs. Patriots
The Patriots are 8-1, and the Eagles are 5-4. Their records are one of the reasons that the Eagles are 3.5 point underdogs, despite the game being played at home. The over-under is set at 44.5, and 74% of the public are betting on the Patriots, according to FanDuel.
New England is 13-1 straight up in their last 14 games, but the Eagles are 6-1 straight up in their last 7 games at home. Something has to give.
The Patriots are 6-3 against the spread this year, while the Eagles are only 4-5. History shows a lot of scoring in this matchup, as the over has hit in five of their last six meetings.
Keys to success for the Eagles
I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again, a key to victory every week is getting tight end Zach Ertz involved. However, that might not be enough this week.
The Patriots average 30 points per game (second in the NFL) and only give up 10.9 points per game (1st in the NFL). This means that the Eagles will need to score a lot.
This brings me to Wentz. He won’t just have to be good in this game, he will need to be GREAT. I’m talking 300 yards and three touchdowns great. The Eagles will have a chance if he can do that.
The Eagles defense needs to have a good game, or this could he over early. They don’t need to hold New England to 10 points, but if they want to give their offense a shot to win the game they may need to hold them to at least under 25 points.
Who else will catch the ball besides Ertz? Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and running back Jordan Howard are out for the game. The wide receiver corps is led by Nelson Agholor for this game. RB Miles Sanders will have to play a big role, as well.
Whoever it is, the Eagles need to find another reliable pass catcher to have any chance in this game, and the season moving forward.