2020 nfl odds to win super bowl

Updating Eagles’ odds to win Super Bowl after 2020 schedule release

Hey Philly! You want to party like it’s February 2018! So do I!

Now that the 2020 schedule is out it doesn’t hurt to take a look at what the sportsbooks think the Eagles chances are to be crowned Super Bowl LV champions.

Right after Andy Reid finally hunted down that elusive title in February, the oddsmakers pinned the Eagles at 17-1 to take home this upcoming season’s crown. Currently the Eagles have slipped a little on the board and now have odds of 19-1. The Cowboys are 17-1 … whatever. Reid’s Chiefs remain the favorite (+650 — $100 bet will earn $650) followed by the Ravens (7-1) and 49ers (9-1).

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The biggest jump to win the championship should be no surprise. Tom Brady opting to join the Buccaneers has them at 15-1. It also doesn’t hurt that Brady’s old partner in crime Rob Gronkowski is reunited with TB12 down in sunny Florida. Back in early February, Tampa Bay was listed at 35-1. New England has plunged from 14-1 down to 23-1.

Looking at the odds for the NFC Champion, the 49ers and Saints are the top two choices. The Bucs and Cowboys are the third and fourth choices, respectively, followed by the Eagles and Seahawks, both at 10-1 ($100 bet earns $1000).

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A season ago the Eagles won the NFC East thanks in large part for their four-game win streak to end the season, coupled with the Cowboys’ forgetting how to play football. In case you need a reminder, Jerry, Dak and Zeke lost four of their last six games a season ago. For some reason, that doesn’t seem to matter in the betting landscape. Dallas is the odds-on favorite at this time (-105 — $105 wager to earn $100) to win the NFC East with the Eagles trailing them at +140.

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It is worth noting that the NFC East has not had a repeat champion since the Eagles won four straight divisional titles in the early 2000s (2001-2004). Fine by me if the Eagles want to buck that trend and take that first step to getting back to the big game. It all starts, hopefully, on Sept. 13 at Washington against a team that has the second-longest shot of winning Super Bowl LV (+15000 — $100 wager earns $15,000).

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Claude Giroux, Carson Wentz share sweet Mother’s Day messages to their wives

Claude Giroux, Carson Wentz share sweet Mother’s Day messages to their wives

At this rate, just about everyone who has been social distancing has lost track of what day of the week it is at least once … right?

Today has been an exception though, since it’s Mother’s Day. This is one of the most important holidays throughout the year, as it is a way to go above and beyond to show just how much you love and appreciate the mother figures in your life.

For a few women in Philadelphia sports — Ryanne Giroux and Madison Wentz — this is the first time this holiday takes on a whole new meaning, since it’s the first they are celebrating as moms.

Gavin, the newest addition to the Giroux family, made his way into the world (and the hearts of Philly fans) back in August 2019. You can’t help but to love this little family — and Giroux made sure to share a sweet message for everyone to know just how special this journey has been.

A post shared by Claude Giroux (@28cgiroux) on May 10, 2020 at 9:21am PDT

Now, the Wentz family recently welcomed their little one, Hadley — as she was born just a few weeks ago. Celebrating such a moment, especially as a new mom, will be a memory that’ll last a lifetime. While Wentz has been sharing so much of their fun journey from this past month, he made sure to step up his game when he posted this heartwarming message.

A post shared by Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz11) on May 10, 2020 at 10:47am PDT

So, to all of the Philadelphia sports moms — Happy Mother’s Day! Whether it’s your first, fifth or 37th … we appreciate all that you do every single day.

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Concerns about Jason Peters and more in Roob’s 10 Observations

Concerns about Jason Peters and more in Roob’s 10 Observations

1. There’s no doubt Jason Peters is a better left tackle today than Andre Dillard. That’s not open for debate. But bringing Peters raises more questions than it answers. Could he get you through 2020? Probably. At least most of it. But he is 38 and going into his 18th season and even J.P. can’t play forever. Dillard played OK in three starts at left tackle last year, but the right tackle debacle certainly raised questions about his make-up.

The Eagles have to consider what affect it will have on Dillard if J.P. is here. If Peters starts out as a backup, how will Dillard handle a Hall of Famer lurking in the shadows? If Peters opens the season as the starter, then the Eagles have essentially given up on a 1st-round pick after just three starts. Dillard is 25 years old and only signed through 2022. If the Eagles bring Peters back, it sure points to one thing: The Eagles have no faith in a player they traded up for in the first round just 12 months ago.

2. You never truly know, but that three-game late-season stretch — Monday night vs. Seahawks at the Linc, the Packers at Lambeau and then the Saints at the Linc — sure looks like it’ll be the defining 14 days of the season. Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees are all sure-thing Hall of Famers and they’re a combined 16-5 against the Eagles in their careers with 40 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a composite 101.1 passer rating. All three have one of the top seven passer ratings EVER against the Eagles (along with Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Milt Plum and Kirk Cousins). That will be a tortuous stretch for Jim Schwartz’s defense, and if the Eagles can go 2-1 against those three teams they’re finishing 11-5 and winning the division.

3. Prediction: Greg Ward leads Eagles wide receivers this year with 74 catches.

4. I’m not saying John Hightower or Quez Watkins won’t become valuable members of the Eagles’ offense. They’re both certainly fast, and that gives them a chance. But just keep in mind that the only wide receivers the Eagles have drafted in the last 40 years in the 5th round or later who ever caught a touchdown pass in an Eagles uniform are 1982 9th-round pick Tony Woodruff (who caught five), 1990 5th-round pick Calvin Williams (who caught 34) and 2010 5th-round pick Riley Cooper (who caught 18). Not being negative, just being realistic. Receivers taken that late are true longshots. Stefon Diggs and Marvin Jones were 5’s. Antonio Brown and Pierre Garcon were 6’s. Marques Colston and Julian Edelman were 7’s. It happens. But it’s rare.

5. You know what’s amazing? Dallas Goedert caught 53 passes the last 11 games of last season, and only four NFL tight ends had more catches during that span: Travis Kelce (69), George Kittle (62), Zach Ertz (59) and Tyler Higbee (56). That says as much about Goedert as it says about the receivers Wentz was throwing to during that span.

6. Only two QBs in NFL history have thrown 1,500 passes in their first four seasons but had only one pick-6 against them: Donovan McNabb and Carson Wentz. The only pick-6 against Donovan in his first four seasons was by Kwamie Lassiter of the Cards at Sun Devil Stadium in 1999. The only pick-6 so far against Carson is Ryan Kerrigan’s at FedEx in 2017.

7. I’ve always marveled over how remarkable Randall Cunningham’s 1990 season was: 30 touchdown passes, just 13 interceptions and 942 rushing yards. Now think about what Lamar Jackson did last year: 36 touchdowns, just six interceptions and 1,206 rushing yards. How good is Jackson? His 6.9 rushing average is highest in NFL history for someone who ran for 1,200 yards (Jim Brown had the previous high at 6.4 in 1963). So he had one of the greatest rushing seasons ever . and on top of that joined Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady as only the third QB with 36 TDs and six or fewer INTs. What a challenge he’ll be for the Eagles’ defense Week 6 at the Linc.

8. Summer of 1988. Randall Cunningham was holding out of training camp for a new contract but a few days into camp he agreed to a new deal. The thing was, we — the beat guys — needed to find out how much the deal was worth. So we’re standing at afternoon practice at what is now known as Vonnie Gros Field just behind West Chester’s Sturzebecker Fieldhouse trying to figure out the contract numbers. At one point during practice we yelled over to a teammate Randall was friendly with and asked how much Randall got. He smiled and held up three fingers and then mouthed the word “years.” And then he held up four fingers and then one finger. And that’s exactly how we learned the new contract was worth $4.1 million over three years.

9. One thing the Eagles didn’t do this offseason is address edge rusher. They still have Brandon Graham, who’s 32; Derek Barnett, who’s underachieved; and Josh Sweat, who’s OK. Malik Jackson could give you snaps outside. But beyond those first three, it’s Joe Ostman, Shareef Miller and Genard Avery. How about Vinny Curry? He’s still on the street, and he actually led the Eagles in sack percentage last year. Graham was one every 93 snaps, Barnett one every 110 snaps, Sweat one every 89 snaps. Curry? He had a sack every 71 snaps (5 in 355 snaps). Vinny loves being an Eagle, he’s a big-effort guy and at this point can’t be looking for a big contract. I’d snap him up.

10. Jalen Reagor and his dad Montae, who finished his career here in 2007, will become only the second father-son combination in Eagles history. The first was the Goodes. John Goode spent the 1985 season with the Eagles and Najee played here from 2013 through 2017 and is still in the league. I wrote about them in 2013.

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