Bovada has set the odds for the Eagles' projected win total of 7.5 at +105 for the OVER and at -135 for the UNDER which tells me that the betting public is not that bullish on their chances to go better than 7-9 this season. If that is the case then it will be the third season in-a-row that the Birds will miss the playoffs.
Speaking of the NFL playoffs, it stands to reason that if Philadelphia's projected win total is 7.5 then it is little wonder that its odds to make it into the postseason are +225 for YES and -285 for NO. One of the biggest things working against the Eagles this season is a highly competitive NFC. You have teams such as San Francisco, Seattle, Green Bay and Atlanta that have been penciled-in as locks to go along with solid contenders such as New Orleans and Chicago. Somebody has to win the NFC East, which could be Philadelphia's only way into the playoffs; however the three other teams in the division have better odds to win the title heading into the new season.
Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis already knows that there is no bigger homer when it comes to the Birds than me, but even I would consider an 8-8 mark in 2013 as a successful season. This team still has enough talent to squeeze-out nine victories which should be enough to win the East this season, but almost every break would have to fall Philly's way for that to happen.
The biggest opportunity for a team that missed the playoffs last season to get in this year exists in the AFC. I am high on our old friend Andy Reid's chances to turn things around in a hurry in Kansas City if Alex Smith can play up to his potential at quarterback and I agree with a majority of the experts that Miami is poised for a playoff run this year.
The following is a link to an article I recently wrote for Doc's Sports Service covering my top three value picks when it comes to making the playoffs this year.
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