When it comes to NFL betting spreads, there is a maxim that goes a little something like this: good teams win, but great teams cover. In other words, the Chicago Bears are about to face a team not is not just good, but it’s actually great; to wit, the Philadelphia Eagles, who have won and covered in their last seven straight games. It might still be a tad early to peg Philly as one half of the NFL Superbowl line, but they’re definitely in the convo.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 23, 2017
- Date: Sunday, 26th November
- Time: 1:05 PM
- Venue: Lincoln Financial Field
- Sportsbook odds for fans who bet on NFL:
Bears +13½ (-110) 44 (-110) +664
Eagles -13½ (-110) 44 (-110) -1000
Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who has thrown TD passes to eight different targets, is a Christian, but he could very well be a Mormon the way he shares the love among his teammates. No one player is projected to reach 1,000 yards, rushing or receiving, this season, and, with the exception of LeGarrette Blount, no receiver has had a 100-yard game, and yet, Philly leads the league in points per game (32) and ranks third in total offense (378 yards per game). “Each week, it’s a combination of all of them,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “It tells you the discipline and unselfishness of the guys. It’s the same way on defense. It doesn’t matter who makes the play. Everybody has a big part of this thing. It’s the way they practice, it’s the way they prepare, and they’re very disciplined that way. And that’s why I think you’re seeing the success of the team.” The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 against NFC teams, and 7-0 against the NFL betting spread in their last seven games overall.
A piece of the Alshon
Back in January, then-Bears and current-Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery channeled his inner Joe Namath and guaranteed he would “win the Super Bowl next year.” as it turns out, his prediction might still come to pass, if only because the Bears foolishly allowed him to enter the free agency market. Jeffery is not, mind you, setting Philly on fire; he has 38 catches for 567 yards and six TDs in 10 games, including 12 receptions for 213 yards and four scores in the last three, but averages 14.9 yards per catch and 56.7 yards per game, which is lower than his output in Chicago – an output, needless to say, the Bears now wish they could still count on. Chicago is 0-6 SU in the last six games on the road after back-to-back home games, and 1-4 ATS in the last five on the road. On the plus side, the Bears are 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games in November, 7-2-1 ATS when playing a team with a winning record, and 4-1 ATS in their last five when visiting a team with a winning record. Also, the visiting team is 7-3 SU in the last 10 games in this matchup, and the underdog is 9-3 against the NFL betting spread in their last 12 meetings.