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Signs of Optimism Continue to Grow with Eagles

Staff Tweaks. Eagles Super Bowl contenders

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If the Eagles just do what they’re supposed to do, Nick Sirianni will have a 10- or 11-win team, heading into consecutive home games that well end the regular season against New Orleans and the New York Giants, respectively.

There is a slight chance the Saints overachieve to the point they could be favorites in Philadelphia late in the season although the more likely path to that reality would be massive underachievement by the Eagles and 10 or 11 wins obviously doesn’t fit that definition.

The betting markets are bullish on the Birds right with BetOnline placing the Eagles as favorites 10 times over the first 16 games, underdogs just four times with one pick’em on the schedule, a Week 6 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Lines have not been set yet for Weeks 17 and 18.

The Eagles are favored to lose so to speak in Week 5 at Arizona, Week 11 at Indianapolis, Week 12 vs. Green Bay, and Week 16 at Dallas.

You can surmise that the betting markets have the Eagles as a 12- or 13-win team depending on what happens against the Cowboys in South Philadelphia.

As for Dallas, the Cowboys have been installed as favorites 11 times, underdogs three times and the one pick’em against the Eagles.

So, the betting lines still give the Cowboys a slight advantage over the Eagles in the NFC East for what is expected to be a two-horse race essentially decided by the home-and-home series which begins Oct. 16 at the Linc and finishes on Christmas Eve at AT&T Stadium.

In case you were wondering both the New York Giants and Washington Commanders are favored just four times over their first 16 games, which obviously contributes to the predicted success in Philadelphia and Dallas.

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for JAKIB Sports.