Eagles Have Become Odds-On Favorites To Win NFC East

Dak Prescott's injury has quickly helped change Philly's futures picture
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Even though the Eagles failed to cover the spread in a 38-35 win over the Detroit Lions Sunday, some of their backers betting on them last week have big reason to smile Monday.

Those would be the sports bettors who made futures wagers on the Eagles, as the odds on those have shifted significantly. The primary reason: a thumb injury suffered Sunday night by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott when hitting the hand of a Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker late in the Cowboys’ 19-3 loss. That will leave the Eagles’ main rival without its star behind center for an estimated six to eight weeks.

Philadelphia was already looking like a solid choice over Dallas for the NFC East based on the two teams’ contrasting performances Sunday, but with the Cowboys now dependent on Cooper Rush to run the offense against the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday and for more than a month thereafter, divisional odds have changed dramatically.

All of Pennsylvania’s online sportsbooks now have the Eagles as the odds-on favorite to win the division, whereas they and the Cowboys were bunched close together last week.

The best payoff posted Monday for Philly winning the division was the -140 from DraftKings, BetMGM, or Betway. Dallas had slipped all the way to between +450 (BetRivers) and +600 (FanDuel). The Washington Commanders could be bet between +400 and +500, with the New York Giants slightly behind them.

Also more of a Super Bowl contender now

The potent offense displayed by the Eagles in Detroit — in a game more one-sided than the final score indicated — has won more respect from oddsmakers for Philadelphia’s bigger seasonal hopes as well.

Bettors a week ago could get 25/1 at some sites on the Eagles to win the Super Bowl, but the best offer Monday was the 16/1 from DraftKings and Betway, which placed them seventh among contenders.

As for winning the NFC, the Eagles can no longer be grabbed as long as 11/1, so congrats to those who got that number last week. DraftKings and Betway are again the best option now, at +650.

Jalen Hurts looked extremely strong Sunday, running for 90 yards and a touchdown on top of a solid passing day (18-of-32 for 243 yards). That performance and the uptick in the team’s prospects have changed his MVP odds as well. The best reward now would be the 18/1 on him from FanDuel, whereas sites offered anywhere between 22/1 and 25/1 before Sunday. He’s now typically 16/1, and Caesars even has Hurts at 14/1.

For this coming Sunday, Philadelphia hosts the Minnesota Vikings, who also won impressively Sunday, beating  the Green Bay Packers 23-7. The Eagles have started the week as a 1.5-point home favorite against the Vikes.

Photo: Kevin Jailaj/USA TODAY

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