Thursday, September 24, 2015

NFC East Week 3 Preview & Predictions

There is just no way to sugarcoat just how bad the Eagles looked in last Sunday's 20-10 loss to rival Dallas. You would probably have to go all the way back to the 1998 season to see the Birds play that bad under the direction of head coach Ray Rhodes on their way to a 3-13 record. The early prognosis of Chip Kelly's new-look Eagles in their first two games makes you wonder if this team can top that mark this season.

I am going to remain optimistic that all of the new faces on this Eagles' roster will be able to eventually gel as a team to still make a title run in what has quickly become one of the weakest divisions in the NFL. That is not the 2-0 Cowboys fault, but with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant set to miss the next few months,they become a very average team. Both 1-1 Washington and the 0-2 New York Giants are very much in the mix and the winner of this Thursday night's showdown probably has the inside track to a NFC East title. The good news for us Philly fans is that this season's title race should remain close. The bad news is that we may have to endure quite a bit of ugly football along the way.

The following is a link to my weekly NFC East preview and pick of the week as originally posted on Doc's Sports

Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 3

Friday, September 18, 2015

NFC East Week 2 Preview & Predictions

The Dallas Cowboys remain at the top of the NFC East simply because all of the other three teams in the division lost their season opener. New York gift-wrapped the Cowboys' win last Sunday night with some poor clock management in the closing minutes of the game and Washington could not find the end zone in its loss to Miami.

Our beloved Birds did everything they could to lose Monday's night game in Atlanta and they still almost won. You can only shoot yourself in the foot so many times before you blow off all of your toes. The Eagles did just that in a game they should have easily won if they had brought their A-Game to the Georgia Dome. I am putting this one in the vault and moving onto this Sunday's game against Dallas in what is already an early season must-win situation.

The good news is that when the Eagles' offense was clicking last week against the Falcons it looked pretty good. They are going to have to find a way to run the ball, but I was impressed with how Sam Bradford ran the show in three second-half scoring drives. The bad news is that the Eagles' defensive secondary needs to get its act together in a hurry. Maybe it is a case of these guys not being used to playing together or maybe it was a poor defensive scheme by coordinator Bill Davis, but if there is not some significant improvement defending the pass the losses are going to start piling up.

As far as my NFC East "pick of the week" I completely stayed away from Sunday's Cowboys' game. Of course I think the Eagles will win, but that is the fan in me talking. Giving Dallas five points does not make betting sense after watching Monday night's performance.

The following link to Doc's Sports has a brief preview of all three NFC East games on Sunday's slate along with my official pick for one of the other two games.

Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 2

Friday, September 11, 2015

Eagles at Falcons Preview & Pick

I will be covering every Monday Night Football game this season for so I had the added benefit of posting my preview and pick for this Monday's season opener between Philadelphia and Atlanta. The expectation level for the Eagles has risen dramatically with the betting public over this past preseason to the point where they are now third-favorites behind Seattle and Green Bay to win the NFC this season. The Falcons are coming off back-to-back losing seasons after being a perennial power in the NFC South the prior few years.

One of the biggest story lines for this game is Sam Bradford's regular season debut as the Eagles' new starting quarterback. A close second would be All-Pro running back DeMarco Murray's first game with Philadelphia as well after leading the NFL in rushing yards in 2014 while with Dallas. If both of these players can remain healthy and productive for 16 regular season games, there is a good chance that Philly will still be playing ball into late January.

The Falcons' defense was one of the worst in the league last season which helps explain the team's 7-9 record, but there is still plenty of firepower on the other side of the ball. Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan has consistently been one of the league's top passers over the course of his seven year career and wide receiver Julio Jones is quickly becoming one of the most electrifying playmakers in the NFL.

Not to tip my hand as far as my official pick in this game, it is safe to say that a fair amount of points will be scored by both of these teams in Monday's season opener. The following is a link to my preview & pick as previously posted on


Thursday, September 10, 2015

NFC East Week 1 Preview & Predictions

The time as come to fire things up for another season of football and I am fired up at the Eagles' prospects for a deep run in the postseason this year. I will not go as far as to say they are my pick to win the NFC with a very strong Green Bay team still standing in the way, but I will go as far as saying that the Birds should get a shot at going to Super Bowl 50 with a chance to play those Packers at Lambeau in late January.

A few other bold predictions I am willing to put out there is Arizona over Seattle for the NFC West title, while Kansas City rises to the top of the AFC West over Denver. There are no such things as locks when it comes to making NFL predictions before a single regular season game has been played, but Indianapolis is in excellent position to make a run all the way this this year's Super Bowl playing out the watered-down AFC South.

First things first before I get too far ahead of myself is my Week 1 preview of the NFC East along with my "pick of the week". This will be my fourth season covering my favorite NFL division for Doc's Sports and going over my past record for these weekly picks I am proud to say that my record is well above .500. If you do bet on sports you should always bet on what you know best and I have been following these four teams my entire life through the eyes of being a die-hard Eagles' fan.

All this means is that I am homer and happy to admit it. I think the Redskins will get thumped at home by Miami on Sunday afternoon and one of my top picks of the week with some of the other articles I have written is New York at the very least covering the seven-point spread against Dallas. However, I can easily see the Giants pulling off the upset in Big D on Sunday night. I have saved the best for last with my NFC East "pick of the week" on Monday night's Eagles at Falcons game, but I am not going to tip my hand as to which way I went in this one.

That being said, the following is a link to my NFC East Week 1 preview and pick as previously posted on Doc's

Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 1

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bettors Boost the Birds' Super Bowl Odds

When the initial betting odds to win Super Bowl 50 were first released shortly after New England won last season's NFL title, the Philadelphia Eagles opened at 20/1 odds to win, which was tied for eighth on the list. Throughout the offseason that number pretty much held steady even with head coach Chip Kelly wheeling and dealing his way to a fresh look on both sides of the ball.

Even though the preseason games do not count in the standings, it is amazing what a few solid performances will do to capture the attention of the betting public. If you flash forward to today, you will find that the Eagles' odds to win Super Bowl 50 now stand at +850 (17/2) on Bovada's current board with only three teams ahead of them on the list. Even the defending champion Patriots with Tom Brady back in the fold for the entire 16-game regular season have longer odds to repeat at +900.

What does this all mean? Well for one it means that room on the Philly bandwagon is filling up fast so y'all better get on board while you still can. Second, it means that bettors are starting to see the value in this team that may have not been all that evident when Kelly first started tinkering with the lineup. Finally, it means that the sportsbooks are starting to get nervous about the Eagles as a drop like this in the betting odds reflects the fact that some serious money has been flooding in on their Super Bowl futures the past few weeks.

Whatever it all means I am excited for the start of the season as Kelly and Sam Bradford will finally get a chance to take this new-look, souped-up offense out on the open road to see what it can really do starting a week from this Monday against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

The following is a link to my NFL Super Bowl 50 futures odds preview as previously posted on