Since the Eagles schedule was released four months ago a lot has changed.
Brandon Brooks tore his Achilles, while Andre Dillard is out for the season after tearing his biceps. Jason Peters returned on a one-year deal to play right guard only now to go back left tackle. Top draft pick Jalen Reagor suffered a small tear in his shoulder, causing him to miss at least the season opener. Alshon Jeffery still isn’t fully recovered from his foot injury suffered last season. Oh by the way, the Birds’ Week 1 opponent has a name change: Washington Football Team.
While there are many questions heading into the 2020 season, let’s look at how the point spreads were affected by the offseason storylines. A season ago, the Eagles were 9-7 straight up and 7-9 against the spread (ATS). This season they own the 8th easiest schedule.
Current lines are courtesy of PointsBet. Lines in parenthesis ( ) are from when the 2020 schedule was released on May 7.
Week 1 — Sept. 13 - 1 p.m.
Eagles at Washington Football Team - PHI: 6-point favorites (-5.5)
It’s the second straight season the Birds open up against their divisional foes from our nation’s capital. Second-year QB Dwayne Haskins gets the start.
Week 2 — Sept. 20 - 1 p.m.
Rams at Eagles - PHI: 3.5-point favorites (-4.5)
The Eagles have won six in a row straight up against the Rams. In the last 15 meetings, the Eagles have posted a very impressive 12-2-1 mark ATS.
Week 3 — Sept. 27 - 1 p.m.
Bengals at Eagles - PHI: 8-point favorites (-8)
No. 1 draft pick quarterback Joe Burrow comes rolling into Lincoln Financial Field with no chance to win, right? This one is hard to believe but the Eagles are 0-11 all-time ATS versus Cincinnati.
Week 4 — Oct. 4 - 8:20 p.m.
Eagles at 49ers - PHI: 4.5-point underdogs (+5.5)
Traveling to the Bay Area from a betting angle has actually been quite good for the Birds. In their last 9 meetings out west the Eagles are 7-1-1 ATS. It’s the Eagles first trip to San Francisco, technically Santa Clara now, since 2014.
Week 5 — Oct. 11 - 1 p.m.
Eagles at Steelers - PHI: .5-point underdogs (-1.5)
Ben Roethlisberger is back so this won’t be an easy task. Eagles have had some success vs. Pittsburgh covering five of the last six ATS.
Week 6 — Oct. 18 - 1 p.m.
Ravens at Eagles - PHI: 2.5-point underdogs (+2.5)
This is just the sixth meeting between the two I-95 neighbors. The Eagles are 2-3 ATS and they’ll have their work cut out for them against the elusive Lamar Jackson.
Week 7 — Oct. 22 - 8:20 p.m. (Thursday)
Giants at Eagles - PHI: 8.5-point favorites (-7.5)
It’s a short week for the Birds under the Thursday night lights. Fortunately, the Eagles have shined in the Thursday night spotlight covering five straight games ATS.
Week 8 — Nov. 1 - 8:20 p.m.
Cowboys at Eagles - PHI: 2-point favorites (-3)
It’ll be the first time Eagles get an up close and personal look at rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. It’s the third straight home game for the Eagles and this time it’s a Sunday night showdown with Dallas. However, the Eagles are just 3-8 ATS at home vs. the Cowboys in their last 11 matchups.
Week 9 — BYE
Week 10 — Nov. 15 - 1 p.m.
Eagles at Giants - PHI: 5-point favorites (-4)
Philly has fared quite well heading up the Jersey Turnpike. The Eagles are 10-2 straight-up against the Giants while going 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in North Jersey.
Week 11 — Nov. 22 - 1 p.m.
Eagles at Browns - PHI: 2-point underdogs (-1)
Baker Mayfield provides plenty of swagger at quarterback despite going 12-17 in his first two seasons under center in Cleveland. Last season the Browns went 5-10-1 ATS. However, the dawg pound has been a “ruff” place for the Eagles. Philly just 1-4-1 all-time ATS.
Week 12 — Nov. 30 - 8:15 p.m. (Monday)
Seahawks at Eagles - PHI: 2.5-point favorites (-2.5)
After getting concussed in last season’s playoff game, let’s hope we are calling this the Carson Wentz gets his revenge on the Seahawks game. No Jadeveon Clowney this time as he’s now with the Titans. This begins a brutal stretch for the Eagles facing three straight Hall of Fame caliber quarterbacks starting with Russell Wilson. Including the aforementioned postseason game the Eagles are 0-6 straight up and ATS in their last six games vs. Seattle.
Week 13 — Dec. 6 - 4:25 p.m.
Eagles at Packers - PHI: 1-point underdogs (+2.5)
The Eagles are 2-3 all-time ATS vs Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in five meetings. Take into account the expected cold and nasty December elements at the frozen tundra and you don’t know what to expect.
Week 14 — Dec. 13 - 4:25 p.m.
Saints at Eagles - PHI: .5-point underdogs (+1.5)
How pumped up will Malcolm Jenkins be to return to Philly? Couple that with no rest for the weary as New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees comes to town. The Eagles are 2-4 ATS with Brees at the helm for the Saints. The thought of the Saints being an indoor team having to go outdoors is an advantage for the home team can be thrown out the door. Last season, New Orleans went 6-1 straight up and ATS playing in the elements. They also owned a league best 11-5 record ATS last season.
Week 15 — Dec. 20 - 4:05 p.m.
Eagles at Cardinals - PHI: 4-point favorites (-2.5)
The Cardinals added superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, giving second-year quarterback Kyler Murray a much-needed weapon. Arizona has been a thorn in the side for the Eagles. The Birds are just 2-4 ATS in their last six games vs. the Cardinals.
Week 16 — Dec. 27 - 4:25 p.m.
Eagles at Cowboys - PHI: 1.5-point underdogs (-3)
The NFL has flipped the script, putting a potential crucial divisional matchup in Dallas late this season. The Eagles are 1-3 ATS in the last four meetings at Jerry World.
Week 17 — Jan. 3 - 1 p.m.
Washington Football Team at Eagles - PHI: No line (8.5-point favorites)
The Birds bookend the season with Washington. The Eagles have won their last 3 games straight up (2-1 ATS) versus Washington at Lincoln Financial Field.