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Since around the NFL draft in April, the Eagles have been talked about all offseason as a potential sleeping giant.
General manager Howie Roseman did an excellent job adding talent to the roster, using all three methods of roster improvement to do so. They traded for A.J. Brown, drafted Jordan Davis, and signed Hasson Reddick and James Bradberry.
So, can the Eagles make any noise in the NFC this season? Let’s get into it, featuring analysis on their win total, Super Bowl odds and much more.
The betting market views the Eagles more in the middle tier of the NFL, as opposed to being with the elites. FanDuel has them as +2500 odds to win the Super Bowl, which gives them the 14th-best odds.
Around them are the Bengals and Colts (+2200), Browns (+2400) and Cardinals (+3000).
In terms of the NFC specifically, they have the sixth-best odds, tied with the Cardinals at +1400. There is a pretty massive gap between them and the team with the fifth-best odds, though, which is the Cowboys at +850.
So, Vegas clearly believes the Cowboys are in a tier above the Eagles, and I don’t necessarily disagree with that.
This isn’t the most profound statement in the world, but it all depends on the quarterback. The Eagles have a major question mark surrounding Jalen Hurts and what his ceiling can be.
If Hurts can take a step forward, then the Eagles have a legitimate chance to win the Super Bowl thanks to the talent of the rest of their roster, but if Hurts is similar to how he played last year then the Eagles’ ceiling is capped.
As of the time of this writing, the Eagles’ win total over/under is set at 9.5, with odds heavily favoring the over. FanDuel has the Eagles over win total at -130 odds, with their under at +100, and most other books align with this.
The Eagles win total started at 8.5 earlier in the offseason, but saw so much action on the over that it was raised a game, and money is STILL coming in on the over.
With good reason, though. The Eagles finished last season 9-8 and that was with some pretty rough growing pains to begin the season.
The Eagle started the year 2-5, albeit with a difficult seven games, then finished the year going 7-2 before resting their starters in a meaningless week 18 matchup.
Looking at their 2022 schedule, the Eagles once again have one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, facing the second easiest slate of opponents. The beauty of playing in the NFC East!
So, even if Hurts doesn’t take a major step forward, this win total going over is clearly the play here.
Hurts could once again be a mediocre quarterback, but thanks to the easy schedule along with talent up and down the roster, it isn’t difficult to see the Eagles getting to ten wins.