2011 Philadelphia Eagles Betting Preview and Odds
Odds to win the NFC East -160
Odds to win the NFC +260
Odds to win the Super Bowl +600
Win Total 10.5
Philadelphia’s Andy Reid enters this season as the longest tenured head coach in the NFL. In his 12 seasons at the helm, Reid has guided the Eagles to five NFC Championships and one Super Bowl, but has yet to add a world title to his long and illustrious resume. After the team’s recent spending spree in this offseason’s free agent frenzy, he will start the 2011 season with probably the most talented team he has ever had, but also with the most pressure to win a championship he has ever faced in his coaching career.
The offensive lineup is starting to read like a Pro Bowl roster with Michael Vick taking over as the preseason starting quarterback for the first time since his days in Atlanta, Vince Young coming aboard as an insurance policy for Vicks’ health, a receiving corps that features WR’s DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and TE Brent Celek, and a backfield that just added free agent RB Ronnie Brown from Miami to go along with LeSean McCoy, who is well on his way to becoming one of the best all-around backs in the league. The Eagles plugged up the holes in the offensive line by selecting Danny Watkins in the first round of the draft and signing Ryan Harris, formally with Denver, as a free agent. The recent additions should make the this season’s offense even better than the one that finished the year ranked third in the league in scoring and second in total yards per game.
The Eagles biggest problems in 2010 were on the defensive side of the ball. They made numerous offseason moves to address this area starting with the promotion of Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator in an effort to recreate an attack-style defense that was present when the late Jim Johnson filled this role. The next move was to address the issues in the secondary by trading backup QB Kevin Kolb to Arizona for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and signing this year’s biggest prize in the free agent pool, CB Nnamdi Asomugha. With Asante Samuel still on the roster, the Eagles now have three All-Pro corners in the fold. To bolster the defensive line, they signed Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins as free agents. Past health issues with each of these players make these moves questionable at best, but they both have the ability to get after the quarterback, which was missing at times from the front four last year.
While Reid was not very thrilled with the Eagles being coined as the ‘dream team’ because of the recent influx of talent to an already talented roster, it has certainly moved the dial with the betting public. Before the start of the abbreviated free agent signing period at the end of July, Philadelphia’s odds to win the Super Bowl were a modest +1600. It has now been instilled as the third favorite behind New England and Green Bay; lofty company to say the least. On paper, it is shaping up as a rematch with the Packers in the playoffs, but this time it will most likely be in the NFC Championship Game. With Reid directing the show, it is a good bet that he will harness all this talent to do his part in making this dream matchup a reality.
2011 Prediction: 12-4 and first in the NFC East
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