With how the Denver Broncos dismantled the Dallas Cowboys last week, it is not shocking to see them favored at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The Broncos stomped the Eagles 52-20 when they came to Denver in 2013, but if the oddsmakers are right, the game is not going to be so one-sided this time.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. MT Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High.
Broncos vs. Eagles Betting Odds
|BetMGM||Broncos -3 (+100)|
Eagles +3 (-120)
|Over 44.5 (-110)
Under 44.5 (-110)
|DraftKings||Broncos -3 (-105)|
Eagles +3 (-115)
|Over 46 (-110)
Under 46 (-110)
|BetRivers||Broncos -3 (-106)|
Eagles +3 (-115)
|Over 45.5 (-110)
Under 45.5 (-110)
|FanDuel||Broncos -2.5 (-110)|
Eagles +2.5 (-110)
|Over 45.5 (-106)
Under 45.5 (-114)
Philadelphia Eagles (3-6 SU, 4-5 ATS)
The Eagles have improved as the season has gone on. After being one of the more penalized teams in the first few weeks of the season, they have become one of the least penalized in recent weeks. More importantly, they appear to have figured out how to get the most out of QB Jalen Hurts.
The drop-back passing game was not getting the job done, but when the Eagles started focusing on the run game, the play-action pass became more effective. Hurts has been more effective in play-action situations and has become the team’s leading rusher. It is not ideal for your quarterback to be your leading rusher, but if it works, it works.
Hurts and the offense are still inconsistent, but in recent weeks, the offense has done a great job of making adjustments at halftime. However, Philadelphia needs more help from its defense, especially the secondary. Chargers QB Justin Herbert last week was the fifth quarterback to complete more than 80 percent of his passes against the Eagles secondary.
When generating yards in the passing game is that easy, it is hard to win no matter how dynamic your offense may be. If your offense is as inconsistent as Philadelphia’s can be, it gets even more challenging. But all three wins have been on the road this season and against less competitive teams.
At 5-4, the Broncos appear to be competitive, but their record is a little misleading.
Denver Broncos (5-4 SU, 5-4 ATS)
The Broncos have been the toast of the town after dominating the Cowboys last week in Dallas and with good reason. They played a great game against a team many believe to be one of the best in the NFL.
QB Teddy Bridgewater had one of his more efficient days of the season, completing 19 of 28 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown, but the offense shined in the run game by generating 190 yards on 41 carries. Factor in how well the defense shut down the potent Dallas offense, and it was as good a performance as Broncos fans have seen in years.
However, it is hard not to wonder who this team really is. Denver started the year with wins against the Giants, Jaguars, and Jets — three of the worst teams in the NFL. Then they lost to the Ravens, Steelers, Raiders, and Browns — good teams but not great teams.
The win over Washington helped them improve to .500, but it was a close game against a struggling team.
This week, many have said their performance against the Cowboys is proof that the Broncos have turned the corner, but have they? The Cowboys made several questionable decisions in that game. It looked like they thought they were going to roll over the Broncos. QB Dak Prescott looked like he had not thrown a football in two weeks. Dallas never tried to establish the run game, and the defense, which is overrated, played terribly.
Yes, Denver beat the Cowboys, but to that end, it got a lot of help from the Cowboys.
Denver has been given a lot of credit for beating Dallas, but it may be a little soon to jump back on the bandwagon. However, if the Broncos can get out to a lead early against the Eagles as they did against the Cowboys, the Broncos will win this one. The Eagles will win the second half, but they’ll be too far behind after the first half for that to matter.
If the Denver offense does not get off to a solid start — advantage Eagles. So, it all comes down to this: Was last week’s big win over the Cowboys enough to make you believe?