I spent the better part of the last week or two waiting for the Philadelphia Eagles’ poor defense and mistake-prone offense to catch up to them. Especially after losing to the New York Jets, I thought the Miami Dolphins would blow the doors off Philly in Week 7.
Well, that didn’t happen, and the Eagles won on Sunday, 31-17, against the best offense in the NFL. It wasn’t an easy win, but the Eagles faced their most formidable challenge yet and stood tall.
After losing outright to the lowly New York Giants, I don’t think the Commanders have it in them to keep pace with Philly on Sunday. It feels like this team is about to spiral out of control, and a blowout loss at home could be the catalyst.
Let’s get into some trends for this matchup and these NFL Week 8 betting odds explained.
Is Philly “Back?”
I love what I saw from the Eagles on Sunday. Let’s set the stage, and I’ll explain what I mean.
Philly was on their way to overtime, with a one-touchdown lead with around 10 minutes left. Instead of going for it on fourth-and-one at their 26-yard line, the Eagles opted to punt, much to the chagrin of the home crowd, which rained down boos. Coach Nick Sirianni, however, had second thoughts and called a timeout. He then sent his offense back on the field, the crowd went wild, and the Eagles picked up the first down.
That was the play that sealed the Dolphins’ fate on Sunday and the kind of momentum shift that sticks with a team for weeks.
After beating such a dominant force and holding them to 17 points, I’m just about ready to proclaim that the Eagles finally look like a legitimate contender. They aren’t as scary as last season, but they won’t need to be to crush the Washington Commanders.
Regarding NFL betting, the Eagles are 3-1 against the spread on the road with an impressive 41.57% return on investment (ROI).
Commanders Offense Poses Little Threat to Eagles
After the Eagles kept a lid on the best offense in the NFL, does anybody expect the Commanders to do anything on that side of the ball? Washington only scored seven points on the New York Giants last week, and Sam Howell was sacked a half-dozen times.
Howell has now been sacked a whopping 40 times in seven weeks and is on pace to break David Carr’s record of 76 sacks in 2002.
No team can sustain an offense when their quarterback gets sacked so often. Frankly, I’m shocked they managed to win three games at all. Howell also has the second-most interceptions in the league at seven.
Let’s get real. Do you trust this offense with an NFL bet in Week 8? Because if you do, I have swampland in Florida to sell you.
Lock Pick for Week 8
If you are just looking for a bet to win, the Eagles to win outright on the money line at -300 is as close to a sure thing as you can get. But we don’t need a money line calculator to see that this play lacks value.
The Eagles are getting snuffed by the sportsbook in Week 8, with a laughable line of -6½ against the Commanders. Not even a touchdown. I know Jalen Hurts aggravated a knee injury and even wore a knee brace for the second half, but he also led the Eagles to victory with said injury. In his own words, “I’ll be fine.”
On the #JalenHurts left leg/brace thing, I believe this goes back to week 1. 🎥👀
— JayNorthChile (@Maynard29Jim) October 23, 2023
I’m so confident that I’m waiting for the alt spread to come out so I can bet the NFL lines this week up closer to -10 for Philly.
Yes, this is a textbook trap game, but the Commanders’ offense is too weak to trust them to do anything positive on Sunday reasonably.
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