Eagles Favored on NFL Odds to Blowout Jaguars in Week 1

Steven Suarez

Monday, September 1, 2014 7:28 PM GMT

The largest favorites in Week 1? That title belongs to Chip Kelly's Eagles, who have a seemingly easy matchup at home against the Jaguars to kick off their season. Let's examine the opening odds for this one.

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The odds remain high as we near the weekend. The Eagles are still 10.5 to 11-point favorites at the top online sportsbooks.

When you break this game down, it's hard to see where Jacksonville has any kind of advantage. It won't be long before Blake Bortles takes over for the very average Chad Henne at quarterback, but for now Henne is the man in charge. The Jaguars then turn to Toby Gerhart at running back, hardly the most intimidating of matchups for Philadelphia's defense.

Meanwhile, the Eagles look stacked and ready to go. They've had another offseason to get even more accustomed to Chip Kelly's offense, added a great playmaker in Darren Sproles, and also have a healthy Jeremy Maclin back in the mix. This team is made to score points, and they're going to do just that against Jacksonville.

It's a lot of points, but the Eagles are on another level offensively and shouldn't have an issue scooting past the Jaguars.

NFL Pick: Eagles -10.5 at BetOnline

 

Philadelphia really couldn't have asked for a better season opener.

The Eagles, fresh off a successful season in their first year under head coach Chip Kelly, are ready to contend in the NFC, and they'll enter Sunday's contest as the huge favorites in the NFL betting lines.

Just how one-sided are the odds? Philadelphia opened as a 11.5-point favorite at most sportsbooks, with a little movement moving the number down to 10 or 10.5 depending on the site. We know the Eagles will put points on the board, but will the Jaguars follow suit? The O/U for this Week 1 tilt is currently at 53.

Philadelphia in 2013-14 regular season: 10-6 SU, 8-8 ATS, +3.8 margin of victory

Jacksonville in 2013-14 regular season: 4-12 SU, 5-10-1 ATS, -12.6 margin of victory

As if Philadelphia's offense wasn't good enough last season, the team went out and added more weapons to the arsenal.

Yes, DeSean Jackson is gone, but Nick Foles has shown he can lead the offense, Jeremy Maclin is healthy and ready to make an impact, and Darren Sproles was brought in from New Orleans to add another dimension. The Eagles also have the likes of Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews, and their tight end duo of Brent Celek and Zach Ertz. There's a lot of talent there.

As for the Jaguars, they'll have Chad Henne starting at quarterback to open up the season, though it may not be long before rookie Blake Bortles, who looked impressive during the preseason, takes over. Toby Gerhart is currently listed as the number one running back, while Cecil Shorts III and Marqise Lee are penciled in as the starting wideouts. Needless to say, it's not the most daunting of offenses to contend with.

You can see why the NFL odds are what they are. Most are expecting a Philadelphia blowout at home, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them blow Jacksonville out of the water in a statement of intent.

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