Back Eagles to Cover ATS vs. Jets With Your NFL Picks

Nikki Adams

Thursday, September 24, 2015 11:28 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015 11:28 PM UTC

The Eagles and Jets collide in week 3, two sides enjoying contrasting fortunes. Will the Eagles snap the negative trend or will Jets continue winning? Here’s our NFL pick.

Philadelphia Eagles (0-2, 0-1 away)
Contrary to trumped up expectations, based on an impressive pre-season and past experience with Chip Kelly’s instalments of the team over the course of the last two seasons, the Philadelphia Eagles are extremely underwhelming. It’s therefore no surprise that there are those NFL bettors that are wondering whether the Eagles can actually turnaround their season in week 3 and avoid a 0-3 SU start. Something that would almost certainly put Chip Kelly on the hot seat and dub his offseason experiment an exercise in madness that’s close to its sell-by-date.

It’s not just that the Eagles lost both their games that is the problem, but the manner in which they did so. Playing just two out of eight quarters meaningfully, while the remaining six quarters were shockingly disjointed and disorganised and very distressing to watch.

That unexpected development has caused wide scale alarm amongst Eagles’ fans, who were banking on an NFC East title at the very least this season. It’s worth pointing out that the injury to Tony Romo (out for 8-to-10 weeks) and the 0-2 SU of the Eagles has also turned the NFC East upside down, blowing the title race wide open. (Astonishingly, the Redskins might be the play for the NFC East title now.)

The Eagles lost their opener to the Atlanta Falcons 26-24, but the score belies the account itself. For the first half, the Eagles (offense mainly) were excruciatingly ineffective and Sam Bradford looked utterly clueless, unfocused and ill-prepared. In the second half, he seemed to perk up and the Eagles rallied to close the gap on the Falcons. Even, coming close to winning the game but for a missed field goal attempt.

Yet, any promise the last two halves of the opening game may have afforded were quickly eradicated by the farce in week 2, a cringing 20-10 loss in the highly-anticipated divisional showdown with the Dallas Cowboys that left much to be desired on both sides of the coin.

Given what we’ve seen of the Eagles thus far, it’s no surprise that they’ve come back down to earth on the NFL odds board. After two weeks of entering NFL betting markets as the favorites (both home and away), the favoritism ends. Well, they did open as the 2.5-point road favorites, but moved over to the other side of the fence at the conclusion of MNF. They are now the road underdogs, as it should be according to the SU records on the line in this matchup. Interestingly, there is no consensus from sportsbook to sportsbook as the NFL betting spread ranges anywhere from EVEN-to-2.5-points.


New York Jets (2-0, 1-0 home)
The Jets may have sucked last year, but you can’t say that about them after going 2-0 SU to start the season and holding both opponents to 17-points combined, one of which was supposed to be the holder of one of the most scariest offenses in the league and a bona fide Super Bowl contender.

Behind the perfect start to the season, Ryan Fitzpatrick has won the starting role from Geno Smith. It’s his to keep even if and when Smith returns from injury in a few weeks; that is, unless he does something over that stretch of time to lose the job as quickly as he’s wrestled it away from Smith.

It’s not hard to see why Fitzpatrick is doing so well in NY. He’s familiar with the coaching staff, not to mention a veteran quarterback that has shown an extreme adaptability. He’s also widely respected by his teammates and knows how to win over a locker room (a lesson the goby Geno Smith might like to learn in the future, if he still has an NFL career by the end of the season). Then there are the weapons that the Jets have on offense, ranging from Erik Decker to Brandon Marshall and Chris Ivory, amongst others.


NFL Betting Verdict
There are those NFL bettors that simply can’t wrap their heads around this new-fangled Jets side that appears to be more than half decent. When are they going to come crashing back down to earth, is the overriding question. It’s almost as if there is a fear of trusting something so unfamiliar and strangely bizarre as a 2-0 SU Jets team, which hasn’t been seen in several seasons.

Similarly, the Eagles leave NFL bettors gobsmacked – they weren’t supposed to be 0-2 SU to start the season. By the narrative, they were supposed to be an offensive-juggernaut to contend with and one of the toughest teams to beat on that side of the ball. They’ve been anything but that.

This isn’t just a matchup between a 0-2 SU team and a 2-0 SU team, but also a matchup between two sides that have belied their expectations in contradictory manner. The question is do they revert to those expectations or will things continue going against the anticipated plan. How hard is it to handicap this game?

It’s a tossup in more ways than one. The Eagles could finally get it together in week 3. Equally so, the Jets could continue on the verve and swagger they’re enjoying – there’s no reason to assume they won’t with home field advantage and the confidence gained by a 2-0 SU start. For our money, we’re giving Chip Kelly and the Eagles one more chance to come through for us on our NFL picks as the 3-point road underdogs. Call us crazy, but they’ve got to figure it out surely.

NFL Picks: Eagles +2.5 at Heritage

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