This year, there were high hopes for the Philadelphia Eagles as the team looked to embrace a fresh start and get back to their winning ways. The team parted with former Head Coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Carson Wentz and brought in new bench-boss Nick Sirianni with QB Jalen Hurts. The Eagles also drafted Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith 10th overall to provide Hurts with a true number one receiver.
Things haven’t gone exactly as planned so far this season. After an emphatic 32-6 victory over the Falcons in Week 1, the Eagles have since gone just 1-5. The current NFL betting odds have them at +2000 to win the NFC East, but after their Week 7 loss, it’s going to be an uphill battle. So let’s take a look at what we can expect from the Eagles in Week 8 and beyond.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions
This week the Eagles head to Detroit to take on the woeful 0-7 Lions, and it might be just what the doctor ordered for the Philadelphia. Philly desperately needs a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and so far this year, the Lions have been finding ways to lose.
Last week, the Lions showed heart in Jared Goff’s “revenge game” against the Rams but ultimately fell short when Goff threw a late pick in the end zone. Likewise, the Eagles started their game against the Raiders with an impressive opening drive touchdown, but the wheels came off after that, and they couldn’t seem to stop a sharp Derek Carr.
The Eagles Need To Run the Ball
It’s about time that Philadelphia changes their motto from Fly, Eagles Fly to Run, Eagles Run. Philly fans have been begging the team to feed running back Miles Sanders the rock. In Week 7, it looked like coach Sirianni had finally committed to the run game early, but in a cruel twist of fate, just as Sanders was starting to cook, he suffered an injury and was carted off the field.
Heading into Week 7, the Eagles’ RBs had averaged just 13 rushing attempts per game, good for worst in the league. However, against the Raiders, the running backs had 18 carries to go with Hurts’ 13 carries, so there’s something to build on going into Detroit this week.
Is Jalen Hurts the Answer?
With a 2-5 start to the season, the whispers are starting to get louder on whether or not the Eagles made the right decision to go with Jalen Hurts over Carson Wentz. Wentz has been thriving after a change of scenery, while Hurts has struggled early in his young career.
But it’s time for Eagles fans to pump the brakes a little bit and realize that Hurts is still a rookie. He made his 11th start of his career on Sunday, so there is still plenty of time to develop.
We all know what he can do with his legs – Hurts has averaged 51.5 yards rushing per game this season to go with five scores. There’s plenty of room to grow in the passing game for Hurts. With time the game will slow down for him, and he’ll start to see the field better.
The NFC East Is a Long Shot
While it’s not out of the realm of possibility, the NFC East is looking like a one-team show right now, and that team is the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas is off to a 5-1 start while the rest of the division sits at 2-5.
However, the Philadelphia Eagles have a favorable schedule going forward, and with +2000 odds, it might be worth placing a bet. Be sure to keep up to date on BetMGM’s football betting lines and check back daily for Pennsylvania sports betting action on all of your favorite NFL teams.