Just when we thought the Eagles might be headed for an early-season slide again, they do something like beat the undefeated Packers on the road, on a short week, and totally redeem themselves! As a guy who lived with an Eagles fan throughout most of college, I saw the prime years of Donovan McNabb and witnessed the heartbreaking collapses, season after season.
I also had the most entertaining phone call following their Super Bowl victory in which my old roommate repeatedly kept telling me, “I just kept expecting it to go wrong, but they kept coming through, every time!” I’m sure the Super Bowl bliss has worn off for many Eagles fans, but the mindset of “This team will get your hopes up and then let you down when it matters most” is something Eagles fans should move on from.
The Eagles are -14.5 this week at the PlaySugarHouse online sportsbook with a 44 total. While the Eagles should be able to come away with the victory, can they also cover the spread?
A big win against the Packers
The Eagles have embraced the “Dogs” tag from the last two playoff runs and lived up to it again on Thursday when they came into Lambeau and outslugged the Packers in thrilling fashion. It was a Thursday night game for the ages, as the Eagles looked more like the 2017 version than the one we saw the first few weeks of the season. Sure, the secondary is still a mess, but the pass rush was active, the rush defense was suffocating, the run game got it done when it mattered, and Carson Wentz was delivering when the Eagles need him most.
One interesting note for the Eagles defense this season is their opponent’s Yards Per Carry average (YPC). Through four weeks, the Eagles are allowing just 1.8 YPC on the ground. The top opposing rusher versus the Eagles this season was Kerryon Johnson with 36 yards on 20 carries.
Carson Wentz looked a little more solid than he typically does, but it’s probably more to do with the fact there weren’t nearly as many drops to plague the Eagles this time around. Wentz spread out the Packers secondary, opening running lanes for Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard throughout the game. It was exactly the kind of balanced attack Eagles fans were expecting coming into the season.
With all the woes in the secondary, the Eagles stout rush defense forced the Packers to become one dimensional near the goal line, where space is very limited, and it paid off with the game-sealing interception on the last drive. This Eagles team might be built for high drama shootouts<, but they’ll soon need to make changes in the secondary if they want to be able to stay a serious contender in the NFC.
Eagles host the rudderless Jets in Week 5
The New York Jets and their new uniforms might be the only thing new about this floundering franchise. The first week was highlighted by a 17 point Bills comeback. The second week was an abysmal effort against a Cleveland Browns team struggling to find their footing, following a blowout home opener against the mediocre Titans. Last Week, the Jets were being shutout against the Patriots, 30-0, before a muffed punt and pick-six allowed them to finish with a somewhat respectable losing margin to the New England Patriots.
This week, the Jets were on a bye, but even with the week off, the Jets have a sub-par backup quarterback starting against the Eagles on the road. Assuming Sam Darnold doesn’t return in time from his mononucleosis diagnosis, the Jets will be in for a long day against a dangerous Eagles pass rush.
The spread for the game is Eagles -14.5 and the total points line is 44.5 according to pa.playsugarhouse.com. The Eagles shouldn’t have much of an issue passing against this Jets secondary as their only major concern will be safety, Jamal Adams. I anticipate the Eagles will cruise in this game and cover the spread.