Are The Philadelphia Eagles A Playoff Contender?

  • The Philadelphia Eagles have won three of their last four games and have +220 odds to make the playoffs.

PHILADELPHIA - After a Week 3 beatdown at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders offered his opinion on the problem in Philadelphia.

“I do believe to have a successful offense, you have to run the ball,” Sanders said.

Sanders, it seems, was right, even if he wasn’t the major beneficiary of what seems to be a change in philosophy in Philadelphia due to an injury that sidelined him until Week 11.

In the first four games of the season, the Eagles passed for more than 200 yards three times, but only won one of those games.

In the most recent four games they’ve played, they’ve rushed for more than 200 yards three times - and they’ve won every game in which they’ve accomplished this feat.

Picking up those three wins in four games was incredibly important to this Eagles team, which now finds itself in the thick of a crowded NFC, with what seems to be a functional gameplan and one of the easiest schedules in the league coming up.

NFC East Division Winner Odds

  • Dallas Cowboys -1500
  • Philadelphia Eagles +900
  • Washington Football Team +2800
  • New York Giants +10000

This is not to say that the Eagles are going to be a serious threat to win their division - the Dallas Cowboys have a 2.5 game lead, and they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.

538 gives the Eagles a 40% chance to make the playoffs, and only a 13% chance to win their division - they’re in range of making a divisional push, but it’s expected that the Cowboys will end up on top, with a 77% chance to win the NFC East.

On the online sportsbooks, the Eagles’ playoff odds sit at +220, which seems to be good value if 538 is correct.

Assuming the Eagles actually have a 40% chance to make the playoffs, implied odds for that eventuality would be +150.

The fact that they’re at +220 speaks to some skepticism on the part of NFL playoff betting markets as to whether the Eagles can hold it together.

If everything goes right against their remarkably easy upcoming schedule, they may even have a chance to take the division against the Cowboys in Week 18.

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