The Philadelphia Eagles made a monumental leap in their progression to one of the best teams in the NFC. In a battle between two of the top three teams in the conference, the Eagles rode the strong arm of Carson Wentz and a hounding defense to win in Carolina on Thursday night. Philly will attempt to put more distance between them and the NFC East with a Week 7 division showdown against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.
The Eagles defense cooled off one of the league’s hottest quarterbacks by intercepting three Cam Newton passes, turning two of them into touchdowns that changed the direction of the game. And that’s a good sign for a team that has struggled defending the pass this year. The Eagles rank near the bottom of the league in pass yards allowed per game and had only three interceptions entering their Thursday night contest. They allowed Newton to throw for just 239 yards and sacked him twice while harassing him the entire night.
Wentz didn’t put up gaudy numbers in Carolina, but he did toss three more touchdown passes, giving him seven in the last two games. He didn’t need to lead many long scoring drives with two turnovers taking place deep in Panthers territory to put Wentz and the offense in good position to cash in. And like good teams do, the Eagles cashed in to maintain the best record in the NFC.
2017 Record: 5-1
2017 ATS Record: 4-2
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 4-2
Current Super Bowl Odds: +850
Current Odds to Win NFC: +425
Current Odds to Win NFC East: -400
Current NFL Odds: Eagles -4.5
Over/Under Total: 48.5
Week 6: Eagles 28, Panthers 23
ATS Result: Eagles +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44
Wentz continued his hot play with three more touchdown passes, but it was the play of the defense in slowing down Newton and the Panthers that gave the Eagles their third straight ATS win. Wentz tossed a pair of short scoring passes after Carolina turnovers, one coming near the end of the first half and another early in the second half to turn the game in Philly’s favor.
Week 5: Eagles 34, Cardinals 7
ATS Result: Eagles -6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 45
Wentz was on fire and Philly shut down the one-dimensional Cards for an easy cover win. Wentz had three first-quarter scoring passes on consecutive throws giving the Eagles an early 21-0 lead and they cruised from there. The defense forced two turnovers and held the Cards to 307 yards and special teams chipped in with a long punt return and a blocked field goal in a dominant performance.
Week 4: Eagles 26, Chargers 24
ATS Result: Eagles +2
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48
The Eagles scored on their first four possessions and never trailed to get the outright win as a 2-point dog. After the Chargers closed within two with a fourth quarter touchdown to cash the over, the Eagles chewed up the final 6:44 with an assortment of runs and short passes, never giving Philip Rivers a chance for a game-winning drive. Philly totaled 454 yards of offense with a balanced attack.
Week 3: Eagles 27, Giants 24
ATS Result: Giants +5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 43
It looked like a breeze with the Eagles taking a 14-0 lead into the fourth quarter. But it took a franchise record 61-yard field goal by rookie Jake Elliott with no time remaining to eke out the 27-24 win. Philly surrendered 24 points in the quarter and needed a 46-yard Elliott field goal to tie the game with less than a minute remaining. Poor clock management by the Giants and a poorer punt gave the Eagles just enough time and space to convert, though they missed covering the spread.
Week 2: Chiefs 27, Eagles 20
ATS Result: Chiefs -4
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
The Eagles held the Chiefs in check for most of the afternoon, bottling up KC’s playmakers until the fourth quarter when the game got away from them. With the score tied, Wentz had a pass tipped an intercepted, which led to the go-ahead score midway through the final period. Facing a 14-point deficit, the Eagles scored late to close the gap and cash the over, but couldn’t convert after recovering an on-side kick.
Week 1: Eagles 30, Redskins 17
ATS Result: Eagles -2
Over/Under Total Result: Under 49.5
With all the additions on the offensive side of the ball, don’t forget about the Eagles defense. Philly harassed Kirk Cousins, forcing the Skins QB into three turnovers and sacking him four times. The Eagles sealed their Week 1 win with a defensive score after a strip-sack by Brandon Graham. Fletcher Cox returned the fumble 20 yards to squelch the Skins drive with less than two minutes left. Philly got a field goal at the end of the first half to reclaim the lead, and outscored Washington 14-3 in the second half to get the cover win.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 2-2
Over/Under Total Record: 1-3
The Eagles opened last season with three straight wins and looked good doing it. Granted, the first two were over Cleveland and Chicago. But the third was a 34-3 stunner of Pittsburgh. That game showed us what Philly is capable of. A winning start might be more difficult this year with the Eagles in DC for the opener. Philly has lost five straight in the series and is 0-5 ATS in that span.
Week 1: Eagles at Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: Eagles at Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 3: Eagles vs. Giants, Sunday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Eagles at Chargers, Sunday, Oct. 1, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Eagles vs. Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 6: Eagles at Panthers, Thursday, Oct. 12, 8:25 p.m. ET – CBS/NFL Network
Week 7: Eagles vs. Redskins, Monday, Oct. 23, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 8: Eagles vs. 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 9: Eagles vs. Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Bye Week
Week 11: Eagles at Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 12: Eagles Bears, Sunday Nov. 26, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 13: Eagles at Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 3, 8:30 p.m. – NBC
Week 14: Eagles at Rams, Sunday, Dec. 10, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 15: Eagles at Giants, Sunday, Dec. 17, 1:00 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Eagles vs. Raiders, Monday, Dec. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 17: Eagles vs. Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
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