Head coach: Doug Pederson (fourth year)
Last year’s record: 9-7, lost in divisional round vs. New Orleans Saints, 20-14
First game: Sept. 8 vs. Washington Redskins
Win total: Over/Under 9.5 (Over 9.5 -155, Under 9.5 +130)
Super Bowl Odds: +1500
Coming off a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in 2017, Philadelphia stumbled through the first half of 2018 with a 4-4 record. The Eagles then lost their next two at home against Dallas and on the road in New Orleans, where the Saints absolutely crushed them 48-7. The blowout sent the Eagles into overdrive, as they went 5-1 to close out the regular season but lost quarterback Carson Wentz to injury during the run.
Who’s in and who’s out
The big question heading into 2019 is whether Wentz can stay healthy, especially after the Eagles shipped away 2017 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Foles took over the remainder of the 2018 season and led the Eagles to a playoff win against the Bears before they fell again to the Saints, 20-14, in the divisional round. Still, the Eagles believe Wentz is the long-term answer, and he may be, if he can stay on the field and capitalize on his wealth of options on offense.
In the offseason Philly acquired former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who played for Tampa Bay last season. Add Jackson into the mix of Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz (who last year set an NFL single-season record for catches at tight end with 116)—plus new running backs Jordan Howard and rookie Miles Sanders of Penn State—and the Eagles have no shortage of talent to push the ball into the end zone.
On defense the Eagles added lineman Malik Jackson on a three-year, $30 million contract and former Redskins linebacker Zach Brown on a one-year, $3 million contract. Those two should help bolster a unit that suffered through injuries last season but will return a healthy Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby at cornerback in 2019.
In the draft Philadelphia acquired offensive tackle Andre Dillard of Washington State in the first round, Sanders and receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside of Stanford in the second, defensive end Shareef Miller of Penn State in the fourth and quarterback Clayton Thorson of Northwestern in the fifth.
First game of the season, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. ET, Lincoln Financial Field
Washington Redskins (+320) at Philadelphia Eagles (-425)
Spread: Eagles -9 (-105)
Over/Under: Over 46.5 (-105), Under 46.5 (-105)
The Eagles had no problem defeating the Redskins last year, and it won’t be any different in 2019. Take the Eagles to cover the spread.
Over/Under win total: 10.5
Schedule (bold font indicates home game): Redskins, Falcons, Lions, Packers, Jets, Vikings, Cowboys, Bills, Bears, BYE, Patriots, Seahawks, Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Cowboys, Giants
The Eagles have it easy at home during the early part of the season, as they’re set to face the Redskins, Lions and Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. Then the Bears come to town in November and should hand Philly a loss. The Eagles host the Patriots and Seawhawks back to back to close out the month and will lose at least one of those as well. If you believe the Eagles will stay healthy, take the over on win total. If you think Wentz will suffer yet another injury (history indicates it will happen), you’re safer taking the under.