Cantor Gaming, arguably one of the most respected sportsbooks in Las Vegas, has released its highly anticipated NFL season win totals. The Philadelphia Eagles are not expected to do much this year as they are expected to post just 7 wins (Over -120) on the year. Philadelphia is at +2000 Odds to win the NFC Championship and +4000 Odds to win Super Bowl XLVIII.
After all those seasons of playing competitive and often playoff-caliber football, Reid's Eagles were an epic disaster in 2012, losing 11 of their last 12 games after an illusionary 3-1 start. For the first time since 1998, the year before Reid arrived, Philadelphia had the NFC's worst record, in this case tying the 4-12 Lions for that dishonor. And it was an ugly and painful spectacle to watch, as Philadelphia's effort level waned as the season progressed and the inevitable Reid firing became virtually the only story that mattered.
f there was any symbol of Philadelphia's lost season it was the turnover. The ever-sloppy Eagles tied for the league lead with 37 giveaways, including a boatload of them by Vick. Turn the ball over that many times in a season and the turnover theme is likely to spread to the roster and the coaching staff. It did, and now the Eagles are starting over in 2013.
Insert Chip Kelly and his high octane offense. The Eagles at least possess the kind of skill-position speed needed to play a version of the fast-break football that Chip Kelly won big with at Oregon. Running back LeSean McCoy and receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin should thrive in Kelly's up-tempo offense, and if quarterback Michael Vick can stay healthy and take care of the football, his faltering career might enjoy a renaissance of sorts in the zone-read spread scheme.
Honeymoons are always exciting, if brief. But the bar of expectation has finally been lowered in Philadelphia, and that's going to help Kelly's cause as his first offseason unfolds, because improvement on last year's 4-12 debacle shouldn't be difficult. Kelly's Eagles likely will be re-inventing themselves on both offense and defense, and that takes time and patience. There are a lot of unknowns in this equation. But Philly has cap room to work with, and an advantageous draft position in the opening three rounds, where NFL starters are ready and ripe for the picking. It's a year of transition in Philadelphia, but after the stalemate that the Reid era had become, Kelly will rightly receive the benefit of the doubt as the Eagles go about their renovation project.
2013 schedule (all times ET)
Sept. 9 at Washington Redskins, 7:10 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs. San Diego Chargers, 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:25 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
Oct. 6 at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 20 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 27 vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 3 at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 10 at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 17 vs. Washington Redskins, 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 1 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 8 vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 15 at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 22 vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 29 at Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 p.m.
Pick: I expect some success from the new fast break offense that the Eagles will employ. This will have to be a difficult offense to defensd, especially since the NFL hasn't faced this kind of offenses year. Philly won't challenge for the division title, but in looking at thier schedule I do see them getting at least 8 wins.
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