After a 51-23 drubbing of the Denver Broncos, the Eagles’ Super Bowl odds are the best of the season after nine games.
In Bovada’s latest odds, which were released on Tuesday, the Eagles now have a 4/1 chance to get to the Super Bowl. The odds were shortened from 6/1 last week.
The Eagles now have the best odds in the league, just ahead of the New England Patriots (9/2) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (15/2).
The Birds are still favored in the NFC with 2/1 odds, and are a strong favorite to win the NFC East at 1/20. The Cowboys’ odds gained to 8/1 while the Redskins stayed at 25/1.
Carson Wentz maintains his stranglehold on the MVP race now with 1/1 odds after they were shortened from 21/10 last week. Tom Brady has the second-best odds at 21/10.
Wentz has thrown for 2,262 yards, which is the fourth-best in the NFL. His 23 passing touchdowns are the best in the NFL by four. Rookie Deshaun Watson is second with 19 passing touchdowns but is out for the season due to a torn ACL he sustained at practice last week.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will be OK after leaving Thursday’s preseason loss to the Patriots, according to a report Friday.
“After tests,” the Super Bowl LII MVP is not expected to be out long, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Foles, who left the game early in the second quarter after a strip sack, didn’t have a great outing: 3 of 9 for 44 yards. But more important than anything, he appears to be healthy after a scare.
After the game, Foles said he was “optimistic” about the injury.
“It’s just the shoulder,” Foles said. “It sort of got jarred in a funny way as I was following through. It feels good. We’ll check it out tomorrow more thoroughly.”
Foles didn’t return to the game, but he also never left the sideline, receiving treatment on what the team called a shoulder strain.
With the opener still weeks away, Foles didn’t want to speculate on his status for Week 1, but didn’t sound like a guy that planned to miss much time.
“I’m not even going to go there,” Foles said. “We’re just going to live in the moment and sort of go day to day. I’m going to do everything I can to get back on the field and hopefully practice the first day we get back practicing and be ready to roll.”
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Marcus Smith, the Eagles’ first-round pick in 2014, was released by the Seahawks Friday, the second straight summer he’s been cut.
With just 6½ sacks in 51 career games over four seasons, Smith is among the biggest first-round busts in recent NFL history.
The Eagles released Smith last July 26, and he signed with the Seahawks two days later. He played in 14 games for Seattle a year ago, tying his career high with 2½ sacks.
Smith had missed practice the last two days with what coach Pete Carroll said was a personal issue.
In three years with the Eagles, the 26th pick in the 2014 draft recorded four sacks.
Some 174 players have recorded more sacks than Smith since opening day of 2014.
Smith is part of a remarkable trio of first-round defensive end busts the Eagles have drafted in the last couple decades.
Jon Harris, the 25th pick in 1997, had two career sacks. Jerome McDougle, the 15th pick in 2003, had three career sacks. And Smith has 6½.
Among defensive ends drafted in the first round during the 18-year span from 1997 through 2014, Harris, McDougle and Smith have the fourth, sixth and 16th-fewest sacks.
Smith, now 26, was due an $800,000 base salary this year if he made the Seahawks’ roster. They’re on the hook for a $400,000 signing bonus they gave him in March and will now have to carry that in dead money.
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