Last season, the Birds were a pleasant surprise. After a bumpy 1-3 start, Nick Sirianni proved that he was worthy of running the ship in his first year as head coach.
Jalen Hurts showed that he is a legitimate NFL Quarterback, even if there are still some question marks as to how far he could lead a team.
They beat the teams they should have beaten, lost to teams they should have lost to, and made the playoffs. Hard to say it wasn’t a successful season, given that we weren’t sure if we were in for a full rebuild before the season started.
But now, there are expectations, and after the acquisition of AJ Brown and snagging three potential instant contributors in the Draft (Joran Davis, Cam Jurgens, and Nakobe Dean), Eagles fans have plenty of reason to b excited and set their sights on advancing beyond just a playoff berth.
Bookmakers across the country and many online sportsbooks available in Pennsylvania have the Eagles slotted in as a real sleeper to make a splash this year.
Let’s take a look at the Eagles’ odds this year, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Philadelphia Eagles 2022-23 Odds
- NFC East – +160 (2nd)
- NFC Championship – +1100 (6th)
- Super Bowl Winner – +2200 (t-11th)
Eagles NFC East Odds (+160, 2nd)
After finishing in second place last season and nabbing a wild card slot, the Birds are nipping at the Cowboys’ heels. The defending NFC East Champions sit at +140, so there’s not too much separating these two squads in the minds of the bookies.
The Cowboys would be the first team to repeat as NFC East Champions since the Eagles in 2004, but after losing several key players, it may be hard for them to achieve that. When you compare the rosters of the two, the Eagles have gained a ton of ground on Dallas this offseason.
As for the other teams in the division? Well, the Giants look like they are in a prime spot to finish in last place for the second year in a row, and the Football Te- Commanders now have Carson Wentz as their QB. We know how that’s worked out the past couple of seasons.
It will probably be a two-horse race between the Birds and the Boys.
Eagles NFC Championship Odds (+1100, 6th)
To the surprise of some, DraftKings has the Eagles pretty high up on this list. Sitting only behind last season’s final NFC teams and the Packers, Philly is a bit of a sleeper pick here.
The two teams they’re sandwiched between (the Cowboys and Vikings) sit at +900 and +1800, respectively, so clearly, oddsmakers think fairly highly of the Eagles compared to other teams in the middle of the pack.
Eagles Super Bowl Odds (+2200, t-11th)
Tied with the defending AFC Champion Bengals, the Eagles sit in an above-average spot here. Being in the mix with a team that played in the Super Bowl last year feels a bit generous, but with such an improved roster, crazier things have happened.
At the end of the day, much of whether the Eagles can live up to our lofty expectations for the season is still very much in the hands of Jalen Hurts. If he can improve from last season, then we have a shot. If he remains as limited a thrower as he has been, then there is a definitive ceiling on how high we’ll watch these Eagles fly.
Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook
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