It was not pretty by a long stretch, but the Eagles' 27-7 victory over the New York Giants last Monday night put them back in the driver seat in the NFC East even though their record is just 3-3. They still have division losses to Dallas and Washington as part of that record, but as long as the Birds can keep finding ways to win, they will continue to be the front-runners to win the tightest NFL division race on the board.
Sunday's night contest against the 5-0 Carolina Panthers will be the true litmus test as to whether or not Philly is up to the task of holding onto that top spot. The Oddsmakers opened the Panthers as 2.5-point favorites at home for this prime-time NFC tilt and the early money from the betting public has gone towards Carolina to drive the spread up to three points.
The main thing driving the Eagles' current two-game winning streak has been the play of their defense and Carolina has also hung its hat on a unit that is ranked seventh in the NFL in total yards allowed (338) and eighth in points allowed (18.8). I have picked Philly to win twice this season and they lost. I have picked against the Birds twice and they won. This time around I am taking the easy way out with a pick on the total line which is now set at 45.5 on 5Dimes' current board after opening at 47.
Below is a link to my complete preview & pick for Sunday night's game in an article that was previously posted on Sports Betting Stats.
Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers Betting Pick