Philadelphia Eagles O/U 8 1/2
2009: 11-5 SU / 9-7 ATS / 4-4 ATS at home / 5-3 ATS on road / O/U 10-6
The Eagles are a young team after dumping veteran QB and “face of the franchise” Donovan McNabb. Kevin Kolb will now be thrust into the spotlight in the City of Brotherly Love and he’ll be joined by as many as four new starters on defense. Philadelphia had 11 victories last year, despite giving up 27 TD passes and only holding two of their final 10 opponents to under 20 ppg. Kolb threw for over 350 yards in two starts last year, and will get help from wide receiver DeSean Jackson and from running back LeSean McCoy, however I have a hard time seeing this offense “gelling” immediately, and expect it will take some time before the “big three” for Philadelphia show some chemistry with each other on offense.
Here’s the schedule: vs. Green Bay; @ Detroit; @ Jacksonville; vs. Washington; @ San Francisco; vs. Atlanta; @ Tennessee; vs. Indianapolis; @ Washington; vs. NY Giants; @ Chicago; vs. Houston; @ Dallas; @ NY Giants; vs. Minnesota; vs. Dallas
So can Philadelphia duplicate the success it had last season and win 11 games or more? In my opinion the answer is an emphatic “no”. The Eagles chose a league-high 13 players in the April draft, with the majority on the defensive side, and most of them will be expected to play key roles on this years team; that does not bode well for Philly fans. When also taking into account their schedule, which includes a tough home opener vs. the Packers, and three of five on the road, you may want to consider a second look at the UNDER 8 1/2 total victories in 2010.