Carson Wentz's odds to win 2018 NFL MVP

Carson Wentz's odds to win 2018 NFL MVP

Carson Wentz is among the favorites to win 2018 NFL MVP, according to Vegas oddsmaker Bovada, who specializes in whimsical prop bets and unusual wagers.

Bovada set Wentz’s odds at 19-2, behind only Aaron Rodgers (13-2) and Tom Brady (7-1).

Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury last December after throwing a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in 13 games. He was among the MVP candidates when he got hurt.

Brady, who lost to the Eagles in the Super Bowl, won his third MVP last year, and Rams running back Todd Gourley was second. Wentz finished third.

No Eagles has been named MVP sine quarterback Norm Van Brocklin in 1960. He’s the only Eagle to win in the 53-year history of the Associated Press NFL MVP Award.

Other top MVP candidates according to Bovada are Drew Brees (15-1), Russell Wilson (15-1), Jimmy Garoppolo (20-1), Cam Newton (20-1), Matt Ryan (20-1), Deshaun Watson (20-1), Kirk Cousins (22-1), Jared Goff (22-1) and Philip Rivers (22-1).

The top non-quarterbacks are Le’Veon Bell, Gurley and David Johnson at 40-1. Penn State rookie Saquon Barkley of the Giants and all-time Eagles rushing leader LeSean McCoy of the Bills are both 60-1.

As for the other NFC East quarterbacks, Dak Prescott is a 30-1 shot, Eli Manning is 50-1 shot and Alex Smith 60-1.

Bovada lists Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles at 125-1. Same odds as Sam Bradford.

Wentz and Foles are the only Eagles among 46 players listed.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Demolished in Dallas

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Eagle Eye podcast: Demolished in Dallas

On this Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro sort through the rubble of the Eagles’ 37-10 loss to the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. 

The Eagles suffer one of the biggest losses of the Doug Pederson era and have lost back-to-back games by a combined 45 points. 

• How awful was that loss? 
• Nelson Agholor is bad right now
• The offense is completely out of sorts
• The defense isn’t any better
• Schedule isn’t getting any easier
• At least the NBA is starting soon 

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Doug Pederson doesn’t regret his declaration, but his confidence was misplaced

Doug Pederson doesn’t regret his declaration, but his confidence was misplaced

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Six days after Eagles head coach Doug Pederson went on WIP and said the Eagles were going to go to Dallas and “win that football game,” the Eagles suffered what Pederson agreed was one of the worst losses during his tenure as head coach. 

The Eagles were crushed by the Cowboys, 37-10, at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night in front of a national television audience. 

So late Sunday night, did Pederson regret his declaration? 

“Nope,” he said. “Do not.” 

Pederson was confident in his team. But that confidence was clearly misplaced, because his team put out a pathetic performance against their biggest rival in a game that would have moved them into first place in the division. 

Why didn’t he regret his words? 

“I just felt like I had a lot of confidence in this football team, a lot of trust, a lot of faith in the guys,” Pederson said. “Had a good week of preparation. Quite honestly, after a game like this, we all have to step back, look in the mirror, especially myself. It starts with me. This is one of those games that I take personal from that standpoint. We didn’t play well and that’s personal on me. I gotta get that fixed.” 

This was the Eagles’ worst loss at the hands of the Cowboys since a 34-0 drubbing in 1998, the year before Pederson joined the Eagles as a player. 

Pederson said he didn’t think he was overconfident heading into this week and disagreed with the notion that the Eagles were unprepared for the game. He pointed at the two early turnovers as costly mistakes, but ones that didn’t indicate unpreparedness. 

We’ve heard this now after every loss, right? The Eagles’ mistakes are correctable. They can fix them. They can still be the team we thought they were going to be. 

But seven games and a 3-4 record into the 2019 season, it’s time to wonder if that’s really the case. In back-to-back weeks to start the toughest stretch of their schedule, the Eagles have lost by 18 points and now by 27. 

So maybe it’s fair to ask, simply, is this Eagles team is talented enough? 

In fact, I asked Pederson that on Sunday night. 

He said it is. 

But why does he believe that? 

“Because you see signs of it, you see glimpses of it,” Pederson said. “Obviously, we’ve injured and we’ve got some guys that are missing, but we don’t use that as an excuse. And I do feel like we’ve got enough talent on this football team to get the job done.”

Glimpses aren’t enough. Glimpses don’t win football games. Glimpses don’t get you into the playoffs. 

And the Eagles certainly didn’t look all that talented on Sunday night. The offense couldn’t get going. The defense couldn’t stop Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott. Even their special teams unit had a couple blunders, too. 

Pederson looked weathered after the loss. But he stood there and tried to explain problems for which he clearly didn’t have answers. He tried to take blame. 

“It starts with me,” Pederson said. “So I’m going to own this one. This one will be on me.”

His biggest crime might have been believing in this team. 

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