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Prop bets predict big year for Eagles' new-look offense

Prop bets predict big year for Eagles' new-look offense

Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season is still more than three months away, but if the Las Vegas sports books are any guide, Eagles fans can expect big things from some of their favorite players.

Fan Duel has released its player prop totals for the upcoming season. The over/under for Carson Wentz’s passing yards for the season is 3,899.5. That’s 140 yards fewer than the 4,039 yards he amassed during the 2019 season. Wentz’s O/U for passing TDs is at 27.5, just about right on the 27 passing TD he threw last year.

Barring an injury to Wentz, he should be a safe bet to eclipse those numbers. He managed is career best (and a franchise record) in passing yards, despite the fact his wide receivers over the last four weeks were Greg Ward, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Deontay Burnett, and Robert Davis. The influx of talent at wideout should improve those numbers substantially.

As for running back Miles Sanders, the oddsmakers expect a bust-out season for the second-year man from Penn State. Fan Duel’s O/U for Sanders’ combined rushing and receiving scrimmage yards is 1,499.5. That’s a significant jump from the 1,327 yards he totaled in his rookie season. The Eagles letting Jordan Howard leave for the Dolphins via free agency likely has a lot to do with the lofty prediction. Fan Duel has Sanders at over/under 9.5 combined rushing and receiving TDs. He had six total TDs in 2019. 

One factor that could make bettors hesitant is the Eagles’ reported interest in veteran RB Carlos Hyde. (https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/eagles/nfl-free-agency-rumors-carlos-hyde-miles-sanders) If they sign Hyde, expect him to eat into Sanders’ potential touches and yards. Hyde is up there in age (30), but he rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season, and has far fewer career carries than comparable backs at his age.

Tight end Zach Ertz has been among the most prolific at his position in the NFL over the past five seasons, and Vegas doesn’t expect that trend to end in 2020. His O/U for receiving yards is set at 899.5, just off his 2019 total of 916, and his TD total is set at 7.5, up from last year’s actual total of six.

As for Jalen Reagor, Fan Duel has ambitious numbers set for the Eagles’ first-round pick. His O/U is 700.5 receiving yards and 4.5 receiving TD. For comparison, only four wideouts have topped 700 yards for the Eagles in their rookie season over the last 70 years: Fred Barnett (1990), DeSean Jackson (2008), Jeremy Maclin (2009), and Jordan Matthews (2014). 

Fair to say, if these four Eagles hit the numbers predicted by the oddsmakers, fans should be in for some serious offensive fireworks.

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Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Jalen Reagor hasn't yet set foot on a football field wearing midnight green, but the Eagles' first-round pick is already a pro at comebacks.

Professional Talker Skip Bayless popped off about Reagor's (admittedly unexpected) draft slot late last week, making fun of the Eagles for taking Reagor at No. 21 overall.

Here's what Bayless had to say:

I about fell out of my chair over that, for the wrong reason. Jalen Reagor went way higher than any draft expert had mocked him. I'm mocking that pick right now, because I thought it was a silly pick, because there were four, five other receivers I would've taken over Jalen Reagor.

There are, of course, different ways to responds when a person like Bayless (loud, looking for attention) singles out a player.

You can try to argue the points made, and point out that while Reagor going at No. 21 overall may have been a surprise, you'd be hard pressed to name four wideouts who went after Reagor and are widely seen as better players.

Justin Jefferson at No. 22? Fine. Brandon Aiyuk at No. 25 is a pick 'em, as is Tee Higgins at No. 33, and most basically everyone would give Reagor the edge over guys like Laviska Shenault, K.J. Hamler, and Chase Claypool.

You can take the petty angle and remind Bayless, a noted Cowboys fan, which team is the reigning NFC East champion. (It's the Eagles.)

Or you can be Reagor, and simply tell Bayless that you heard what he thinks, and keep it moving:

Nice and subtle. Reagor is keeping a list, but he's unbothered. Perfect.

Something tells me this clip will be re-shared plenty when Reagor scores his first touchdown against the Cowboys.

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How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

ESPN's decision to seize on the success of "The Last Dance" by teasing a similar documentary about Tom Brady has grabbed sports fans' attention, even if the doc doesn't come out until 2021.

And while reliving Brady's greatest accomplishments isn't an ideal way to spend several hours, the way the Eagles are intertwined with Brady's Patriots legacy certainly suggests there will be tons of insights for Philly fans in the final product.

Like, maybe, Brady saying he feels the fabled 'Patriot Way' began because of the Eagles.

Here's the doc's producer Gotham Chopra, talking to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, on the way Brady viewed his time in New England:

CHOPRA: There was something we recently did on that 2004 Super Bowl, where he talked about the culture of that team. All this stuff you hear about Patriot Way, and Do Your Job, stuff that Bill has created over the years, the philosophies, this is the year that really happened.

He’s like, ‘First year, kind of a miracle. The next Super Bowl, O.K., now we’re getting our feel. And that first Eagles Super Bowl, this is where the Patriot Way was born.’

Welp.

Odds are good the Patriots would've been great for the last 15 years no matter what, but it's sort of frustrating to know the Eagles losing to Brady helped, at least in Brady's mind, establish New England's brand of success.

Who knows: If Donovan McNabb & Co. managed to pull out the win, maybe we would've had a very different last 15 years.

One thing Eagles fans can get excited for, at least, is Brady's reaction to losing Super Bowl LII to the Eagles.

It's unclear how much behind-the-scenes stuff we'll see from the game - Chopra said Brady suddenly got cold feet about filming in Minneapolis that week - but It sounds like it really changed him as a person:

CHOPRA: What he told me about that Eagles loss, it was dealing with it as a father, dealing with it as a husband. He was a very different person than with the Giants losses, he had a different perspective that I think poised him for that game. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s really interesting how a guy who’s still at it is learning like that.’ Because he’s like [Michael] Jordan, he’s incomparable. There’s no one else who has that story, has that perspective.

It's so strange to think how, despite playing in a different conference, the Eagles have played a pretty significant role in shaping the way the world sees Brady and the Patriots.

For better, and for worse.

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