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Eagles Playoffs Odds Benefit From Weak NFC East

The 2019 season saw the Philadelphia Eagles squeak into the NFL Playoffs with an overall record of just 9-7, which was good enough to win an NFC East. Thanks to playing in a division that saw all four of its teams combine to go 24-40 last year, the Eagles playoffs odds suggest another postseason birth is on the horizon.

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Eagles Playoffs Odds

Despite a handful of question marks across the roster, particularly when it comes to health and durability, the Eagles are tabbed as a likely candidate to participate in the postseason. The Eagles playoffs odds sit at a favorable -200, according to Bovada Sportsbook.

Concerning the division itself, the Eagles are currently listed as co-favorites, along with the Dallas Cowboys, to win the NFC East, at +120. While Philadelphia was relatively quiet during the free agency rush last month, the Cowboys made numerous headlines when they agreed to a new deal with star receiver Amari Cooper. They also placed a franchise tag on quarterback Dak Prescott. Needless to say, the Eagles will be battling a familiar cast of characters from Dallas for division supremacy yet again.

While you wouldn’t necessarily call them favorites to capture an NFC Championship or Super Bowl title, the Eagles do find themselves very much in the contender conversation in both categories, based on the odds. Philadelphia’s NFC Championship odds of +900 are tied for the fourth-shortest, while their Super Bowl odds of +1800 are tied for the sixth-shortest on the board. The aforementioned Cowboys have the same odds in both categories. 

Eagles Team Outlook

Nearly the entirety of the Eagles’ action during free agency came on the defensive side of the ball. The big move was trading for elite cornerback Darius Slay. He will join a secondary that also saw safety Rodney McLeod and corner Jalen Mills each agree to new deals this offseason. A vulnerable pass defense from a season ago appears poised to take a big step forward.

On offense, Philly fans are hoping for a more consistent showing from Carson Wentz and the passing game. In order for that to happen, the Eagles will need to prioritize taking a wide receiver early in the coming NFL Draft. The incoming rookie will join tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert as the primary weapons. The Eagles will also hope that veterans DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery can return from injury-plagued seasons and contribute. In the backfield, Jordan Howard signed with Miami, but Miles Sanders showed plenty of promise in his rookie season. 

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