(The Spread) - Undoubtedly, the team that has made the biggest splash in free agency this year is the Philadelphia Eagles. And odds makers have taken notice.
At the start of last week, odds makers from online sports book Bodog listed the Eagles’ odds to win the 2012 Super Bowl at 15/1. But after signing cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and quarterback Vince Young, as well as trading for DB Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, the Eagles now have Super Bowl odds of 9/1.
For comparison’s sake, the New England Patriots are favored to win this year’s title at 13/2, while the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers are 7/1. The Eagles are now the team with the third best odds at 9/1, while the San Diego Chargers are listed at 11/1 and the Steelers and Jets are 12/1, respectively.
The Eagles had a ton of issues on the defensive side of the ball last year, particularly in the secondary. After rookie safety Nate Allen went down with an injury, Philly had major issues defending in the red zone. In fact, they ranked dead last in defensive red zone, which is why they wanted to concentrate on beefing up their secondary this offseason.
And beef it up they did. Rodgers-Cromartie was a nice addition on his own. Signing arguably the best cornerback in the league in Asomugha just raised the Eagles’ talent level a few notches. They were going to be contenders without Asomugha. Now they’re a legit Super Bowl team.