Tyler Monahan looks ahead at the 2020 Philadelphia Eagles season and picks out the best bets for Birds fans and some Fantasy Players to look out for ahead of the pre-season Drafts.
With sports making their long awaited return fans all over the world are hoping that the football season goes off without a hitch. The Kansas City Chiefs sit atop the football world after winning Super Bowl 54, but heading into the new season there are going to be several teams challenging them for the Lombardi Trophy.
The Philadelphia Eagles are a team that has a Super Bowl window that is wide open and should be for the next few years, based on the roster they have constructed. The team is sure to be competitive and several of their standout players look like they could challenge for yearly awards. Here are some bets to keep an eye on before the season kicks off.
The Eagles have the seventh best odds in the league to win the Super Bowl this season at +1800. An upgraded secondary highlighted by the addition of All-Pro Darius Slay will surely help make one of the team’s biggest weaknesses a net positive. Franchise quarterback Carson Wentz also has a new group of receivers to work with after having to deal with injuries to all his playmakers last year.
The Eagles drafted Jalen Reagor, a speedy receiver out of TCU, in the first round and also added two more pass catchers later in the draft. The return of a healthy Desean Jackson and another year of consistent play from Zach Ertz can only help. Be on the lookout for running back Miles Sanders to have a big year in his first season as the fulltime starter as well.
Philadelphia Eagles to win NFC East +140
At the moment the Eagles are projected to finish second in the NFC East behind their rivals the Dallas Cowboys. If there’s one thing that’s been proven over the last few years it’s that the Cowboys cannot win big games. The NFC East usually comes down to the last week or two of the season so this isn’t the type of bet you’ll know way in advance if you win but if you’re an Eagles fan you might be willing to take the extra few weeks of sweating out a bet if it means you get to beat the hated Cowboys for the division title.
Carson Wentz to win 2020 NFL MVP +2000
Carson Wentz has had an interesting career up to this point. Taken second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft Wentz has looked the part of a franchise quarterback every single season, but the issue is he hasn’t been able to stay on the field over the last few years. He tore his ACL in 2017, a season where he looked to be the frontrunner for NFL MVP and had to watch his team win the Super Bowl with a backup quarterback. The following two years a back injury and a concussion kept him out of the playoffs.
The play has always been elite for Wentz, this year he has a brand new cast of playmakers that should help him get back to the level of play we saw in 2017. If he can stay on the field Wentz will have a lot to prove, at +2000 you’re betting money on a top tier QB who is as motivated as ever.
Miles Sanders Rushing + Receiving Yards Over 1,375.5 -110
One player poised to have a breakout year this season is the newest top dog at running back for the Eagles. After an incredibly impressive rookie year Miles Sanders is ready to take the reigns as the lead back, no longer having to split carries with others. Both a rushing and receiving threat Sanders put up 1,327 yards between the two as a player who wasn’t trusted to carry the entire load of a prototypical lead running back. Now with not much competition Sanders should be given every chance to become one of the premier running backs in the entire lead. The fact that Miles Sanders almost reached the 1,375 yards he’s projected this year as a role player in his rookie year should tell you all you need to know.
BONUS: 3 overlooked Philadelphia Eagles to draft in fantasy football
1) Dallas Goedert:
Because he’s not the main target at tight end for the Eagles Goedert is often overlooked. Even without being the top option Goedert still finished as the 10th ranked tight end, averaging 5.8 points per week. The numbers aren’t eye popping but Goedert has the playmaking ability to be a weapon anywhere on the field, especially in the red zone.
2) Jalen Reagor:
The Eagles first round pick in the latest NFL Draft, Jalen Reagor was looked at as a reach when taken. Because of his small stature many wondered if he had either the strength to outmuscle opponents or the speed to create separation. The speed is there but there are still questions on if he really is NFL ready. He slots in as an immediate starter after Marquise Goodwin opted out of the season and if Carson Wentz can build up some chemistry with the rookie he could be in for a solid season.
3) Boston Scott:
The backup to new lead back Miles Sanders, Boston Scott brings a lot to the table. In the last few years he came out of nowhere to play a big role late in the season because of his ability as a runner and receiver. Now that he is the main backup instead of just emergency depth Scott should get way more action throughout the season because of that versatility. He’s not someone that is going to go early in drafts, he might even go undrafted in some places which makes him an even more enticing choice.