Eagles' 2014 Win Total Odds
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - After winning the NFC East last season, what will the Eagles do for an encore in 2014?
The Eagles didn't make any big splashes in free agency, although they did sign free safety Malcolm Jenkins (Saints), who should start. Mark Sanchez, Andrew Gardner, Bryan Braman, Nolan Carroll and Chris Maragos were added for roster depth.
Among the team's offseason losses where quarterback Michael Vick, who signed with the Jets. The Eagles also released receiver DeSean Jackson, who signed with the Redskins, safety Patrick Chung (Patriots) and wideout Jason Avant (Panthers).
The Eagles selected pass rusher Marcus Smith of Louisville with the 26th overall pick in the draft and then went back-to-back receivers in the second (Jordan Matthews) and third (Josh Huff) rounds. Matthews has already impressed in OTAs and has a chance to potentially start in the slot this season.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Eagles' win total for the 2014 regular season has been set at 9. They won 10 games last season in Chip Kelly's first year with the team but won just four games in 2012 and eight in 2011. The Eagles are also currently 25/1 to win the 2015 Super Bowl.
So will the Eagles win over or under nine games in 2014? The key is whether or not Nick Foles will play as efficiently and as effectively as he did in Kelly's system a year ago. The loss of Jackson hurts but adding Matthews softens the blow, as does having Jeremy Maclin back from ACL surgery. Philly also boasts one of the most dynamic playmakers in the game in running back LeSean McCoy, so the offense should is going to remain explosive. And while the defense has holes, I think nine wins is this team's floor.