The Eagles not being the popular choice is quite fine with them. Being under the radar and not getting respect is nothing new to this organization. The Birds have made quite a living the last couple of years shushing all the naysayers. Success in 2020 would follow suit.
Just one day before the 2020 NFL regular season begins, PointsBet has the Eagles with odds of +2200 to win the title (22-1 odds = $100 winning bet pays $2200). Right after the championship in February, the Eagles were listed with odds around 17-1.
Some guy named Brady, as in Tom Brady, joined the NFC and Buccaneers causing Tampa to leap near the top of the tote boards, causing teams like the Eagles to get knocked down a notch or two. If for some reason a bettor cares enough to bet on Brady, like Bucs fan and my favorite Phillies analyst Ricky Bottalico, those odds are 14-1. A look at the odds show the Eagles will have some work to do this season if they are going to make it to the Super Bowl. Five teams from the NFC are ahead of them including the Cowboys at 17-1.
When it comes to being beasts of the NFC East, the Cowboys are the odds-on favorite at -125, with the Eagles not too far behind at +130 ($100 winning bet pays $130). PointsBet has an interesting type of wager for those who would like to bet on the Eagles’ exact finishing position in the division. For instance, a wager on the Eagles to finish in second place is +105 ($100 winning bet pays $105).
The Eagles over/under on wins this season is at 9.5. In 2018 and 2019 the Eagles, recorded 9 victories in each season, while in 2017 they went 13-3 en route to a Super Bowl victory. The Eagles enter 2020 with the eighth-easiest strength of schedule based off of last season’s records.
As for some individual accolades, Carson Wentz is 20-1 to win MVP on PointsBet. Although it will be difficult to overcome those odds, Wentz has the ability to capture an award he likely would have won in 2017 had he not been injured late in the season. Something worth keeping an eye on is one of Wentz’s top targets: DeSean Jackson to win Comeback Player of the Year at 33-1. Health has been an issue of late for Jackson, playing only 15 games over the last two seasons. However, a healthy Wentz and a healthy Jackson could spell big things in 2020.
As we embark on the 2020 season, for once maybe Eagles and Steelers fans can be friends. Pennsylvania, let’s unite for just this one season - although not when the two teams meet - because, on PointsBet there is a wager where one can select the state of this season’s champion. Pennsylvania is +1050, behind California (Rams/Chargers/49ers: +600) and Florida (Jaguars/Dolphins/Buccaneers: +1000). Texas at +1200 (Cowboys/Texans) and New York at +1500 (Giants/Jets/Bills) round out the top five.
...Hey, wait a minute! Last time I checked the Giants and Jets are New York by name but New Jersey by location. Ah, well.