Can the Eagles Make 2016 A Winning Season?
Posted by: Mike Davis
With their loss against the Green Bay Packers last Monday night, the Philadelphia Eagles are more or less guaranteed to miss the playoffs. Statistically speaking there’s still a small chance that the Eagles could qualify for the postseason, but the window of opportunity is so significantly small that it might as well be dismissed. With last Monday’s loss the Eagles have fallen to 5-6 and the best online sportsbooks are starting to favor them less and less. At the start of the season Carson Wentz was praised and some online NFL betting fans even compared him to some future Hall of Famers. But now that we’re inching to the end of the season, it’s clear that people may have jumped on the Wentz bandwagon a tad bit too early.
Even though he hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations that were placed on him early in the season, Wentz has still demonstrated tremendous talents. Philadelphia fans aren’t known as the most gracious, but they can expect plenty of success in the coming years. That may be true, but what kind of success can Philly fans expect this Sunday? In Week 13 the Philadelphia Eagles will be heading to Ohio to face off against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Paul Brown Stadium. Since both teams have been playing mediocre as of late, what kind of NFL odds will each team be facing?
NFL Odds – Week 13 – Sunday, December 4th
Philadelphia Eagles -1½ (-105) 42½ (-110) -125
Since the Bengals will be coming in with a record of 3-7-1, it is not at all surprising to see the Eagles being painted as the favorites by the online NFL betting lines. However, the Eagles will need a better performance from their secondary if their looking to beat Andy Dalton. Against the Packers the Eagles secondary wasn’t on point, and Aaron Rodgers ended up completing 30/39 passes for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rodgers is without a doubt one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but given the fact that #12 sustained a hamstring injury during the 2nd quarter, one would expect Philadelphia’s defense to have been able to put up a better performance against a dinged-up Rodgers.
Thanks to Andy Dalton’s efforts, the Bengals will be coming into this contest with the league’s 10th best offense. After Rodgers carved them up, the Eagles pass defense now ranks as the 11th best against the pass. That seems like a pretty good matchup, and with both offense and defense being so evenly matched, turnovers should be what determines who will win this contest. Since Philadelphia currently has a +3 turnover ratio, and since the Bengals are at +1, fans should trust the online NFL betting odds for this contest.