The Eagles are considered one of the serious Super Bowl contenders in 2009. Football odds stats tell us that the Eagles went 9-6-1 last year, winning two games in the playoffs before losing the NFC Championship game to the Arizona Cardinals. Andy Reid begins his 11th year at the helm of the Eagles and is looking to finally get his team over the hump and into the Super Bowl. NFL betting information tells us that Philadelphia made a number of off-season moves, adding offensive tackles Jason Peters and Stacy Andrew and cornerback Ellis Hobbs. They suffered key losses though as safety Brian Dawkins, cornerback Lito Sheppard, wide receiver Greg Lewis, tight end L.J. Smith, offensive tackle Tra Thomas and running back Correll Buckhalter no longer on the team. The Eagles added wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and running back LeSean McCoy in the NFL Draft.
The Eagles are hoping that quarterback Donovan McNabb and running back Brian Westbrook have another good year. Westbrook will be coming off off-season surgery so there are immediate concerns about him heading into 2009. The receivers look good though as the team added Maclin to go along with last year’s rookie DeSean Jackson. Overall, the Eagles ranked 6th in points scored as football odds stats show in 2008.
The defense for Philadelphia was excellent as they were 3rd in the league in yards allowed and fourth in points allowed as football odds stats indicate. They are going to miss Brian Dawkins and Lito Sheppard though in 2009 because Ellis Hobbs is nowhere near as good in the defensive secondary as either of those two players.
Normally when you think about Philadelphia in football odds it is defense first. That may not be the case in 2009 with the Eagles in NFL betting. McNabb may have to put up more points in 2009 because the defense is not going to be as good. The Eagles play in perhaps the toughest division in football. Dallas and the New York Giants are considered Super Bowl contenders and Washington is no pushover. The Eagles are getting respect in football odds at the sports book as they are 14-1 to win Super Bowl XLIV. Those are the fourth lowest football odds behind New England, Pittsburgh and the Giants at the sports book.