Philadelphia Eagles Season Preview, Predictions & Best Bets

Josh Widman shares his Philadelphia Eagles season preview, predictions and best bets as we approach a brand new NFL season.

BetRivers Sports

BetRivers Sports RISK FREE

Join BetRivers and get a 2nd Chance Bet up to $500.
$500 Second Chance Bet Get Bonus
Terms and conditions apply
DraftKings Sports

DraftKings Sports SPECIAL OFFER

Join DraftKings and bet $5+ on any pre-game moneyline. Win $150 in Bonus Bets if your bet wins!
Bet $5, Get $150 Get Bonus
Terms and conditions apply
BetMGM Sports

BetMGM Sports FIRST BET OFFER

Use promo code ‘AMERICANBET’ for up to $1,000 paid back in Bet Credits if your first wager loses.
$1,000 First Bet Offer Get Bonus
AMERICANBET
Terms and conditions apply

It’s time for a football version of the Philadelphia process.

Eagles fans are hoping this rebuild isn’t as pain-staking or lengthy. The Super Bowl 52 champs have fallen far from their cruising altitude in just three seasons. Just seven of the starting 22 that took down the Patriots remain on the team.

Nick Sirianni takes over as Head Coach from Doug Pederson and Jalen Hurts replaces Carson Wentz as QB1 after Philly traded the latter to Indianapolis. Sirianni, Hurts and the rest of the team have their work cut out for them as the Eagles seem to be the only team trending in a negative direction in a poor division.

A lack of weapons has had a role in some less-than-desirable QB play so GM Howie Roseman traded up two spots in April’s draft to select reigning-Heisman Trophy-winner WR Devonta Smith with the tenth overall pick.

Strengths

On offense, QB Jalen Hurts’ mobility adds an extra dimension to the offense and may be able to help account for some of the unit’s shortcomings. RB Miles Sanders is coming off a season in which he scored six TDs and averaged over five yards per carry. The TE position had been a strength for years with Zach Ertz but his role with the 2021 Eagles is unclear.

Dallas Goedert has proven he is a quality backup and fill-in option. He has 137 catches and 12 TDs over three seasons. He could emerge as a go-to target for Hurts, especially in the red zone.

Though the defense is a shell of what it was a few seasons ago, there are still some solid players on that side of the ball. DE Brandon Graham and DT Fletcher Cox combined for 14.5 sacks last season and CB Darius Slay is very capable in the secondary.

Weaknesses

Outside of RB Miles Sanders, WR Devonta Smith and TE Dallas Goedert, Jalen Hurts really doesn’t have much to work with. WR Travis Fulgham is a decent receiver with big-game potential but wouldn’t be a dependable second receiver on a good team. While the defense shouldn’t be clumped with the worst units in the league, it also isn’t close to the group of the best either. The Eagles committed the most defensive penalties in 2020 and rank in the bottom half of the league in nearly every major category.

Philadelphia Eagles Best Bets

Pick 1: Jalen Hurts passing + rushing TDs Over 24.5 (-110 at BetMGM)

In his four starts last season, Hurts accounted for eight total TDs. (five pass, three rush) That’s a pace of two TDs per game. With that pace, he’d finish at 34 total TDs over 17 games. It was clear he added some juice to a previously dull offense. Hurts showed he can make big plays through the air and on the ground.

In year two, I expect the Eagles to really let Hurts loose for two reasons. The first is that this is his second season, he’s had an entire offseason to prepare and get more comfortable with the playbook. The second is that Philly’s chances in 2021 are directly related to Hurts level of play. In essence, the Eagles’ offense depends on him.

philadelphia eagles season preview

Pick 2: Dallas Goedert receiving TDs Over 5 (-115 at DraftKings)

It’s common for young QBs to lean on a TE and that goes for the red zone specifically. At 6’5, Goedert is a weapon in that part of the field. He has put up good numbers despite playing behind or sharing the field with TE Zach Ertz. With the lack of dependable WRs, even if Ertz makes it through the season in Philly, there should be plenty of opportunities for Goedert. The Eagles will face six of the 10 defenses that allowed the most TDs to opposing TEs in 2020.

philadelphia eagles season predictions

Philadelphia Eagles Win Total Prediction & Pick

The final stage of my Philadelphia Eagles season preview is to predict their win total for the upcoming season.

Pick: Philadelphia Eagles Under 6.5 wins (+115 at DraftKings)

The Eagles are probably the worst team in the NFL’s worst division. Jalen Hurts showed promising flashes last season but also struggled at times. He only completed 52% of his passes in 2020.

Philadelphia also has to face the AFC West. That division figures to be one of, if not the best division in the league. In its own division, Dallas has a potent offense, Washington has a lethal pass rush to go with an improved offense and New York will be getting RB Saquon Barkley back, signed WR Kenny Golladay and returns a stifling defense.

The Eagles finished 4-11-1 last season and didn’t really make any significant additions in the offseason. They will be competitive but it won’t result in too many wins this season.

philadelphia eagles best bets

Latest Offers

Latest News

The 7 Best March Madness Betting Promos 2023: Get $2,000+ in Bonuses

The best March Madness betting promos for you to take advantage of when placing your college basketball wagers in March.

Who Has the Best Online Casino Welcome Bonus?

Which online casino has the biggest welcome bonus? It's the question that everyone wants to know, and we have some insight.

How to Play BetRivers Basketball Squares Game for NBA & NCAA

BetRivers Basketball Squares adds entertainment value and more ways to win on game day. Here's how you can play today.

In Which States Can You Bet on March Madness & College Basketball?

In which states can you bet on March Madness? What are the legal college basketball betting states, and what wagers are accepted in each?

Ranked: The 8 Best NJ Online Casino No Deposit Bonus Codes 2023

Here are the 8 best NJ online casino no deposit bonus offerings for you to get in New Jersey today. No deposit needed to claim!

More Articles Like This