NFL Week 9 Pick: Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, September 7, 2017 9:36 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017 9:36 PM UTC

Is there any reason to think a struggling Broncos team on a short week can go win at the club with the best record in the NFL? Not really. Survivor Pick: Philadelphia.

Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles (-7.5, 43.5)

The Eagles got much better on Tuesday when they shockingly acquired 2016 Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi from Miami for the low, low price of a fourth-round pick. That was one of a few stunning trades ahead of the deadline. Ajayi has rushed 138 times for 465 yards (3.4 average) over seven games for the Dolphins this season. He had a huge 2016 campaign in which he racked up more than 1,200 yards (4.9 per carry) with eight touchdowns with three 200-yard games. Ajayi has yet to score a touchdown this season and has the most rushing attempts for a player yet to find the end zone, but the talent is there. Eagles GM Howie Roseman said LeGarrette Blount will remain the starting running back, but he’s more of a short-yardage bulldozer. Philly has the NFL’s best record at 7-1 and could run away with the NFC East now that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott apparently will have to serve his six-game suspension (at least as of now). The Broncos are on a three-game skid to fall to 3-4 and they already are out of the AFC West race. They also might have a new quarterback here.

  • Broncos are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games.
  • Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Free NFL Pick: Eagles -7.5Best Line Offered: Heritage

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While the Eagles have no QB questions with NFL MVP candidate Carson Wentz, first-year Denver coach Vance Joseph is pondering benching starter Trevor Siemian. In Monday night’s loss in Kansas City, Siemian completed just 19 of 36 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He was off the mark by a wide margin on several throws. Siemian has thrown three touchdowns to eight interceptions over the last five games, resulting in four losses. Joseph probably has no choice here but to go to Brock Osweiler. It’s not thought that 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch will be an option as of yet. Lynch has been out with a shoulder injury all season and just returned to practice last week. It’s a shame that Denver offense is so inept, because the defense continues to play at a very high level. Denver owns the league’s top overall defense this season, allowing 261 yards per game. The Broncos rank second in the NFL – behind Philadelphia (70.4) – allowing 72.9 rushing yards per game.

  • Under is 8-2 in Broncos last 10 games following a straight up loss.
  • Under is 40-18 in Eagles last 58 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game.
Free NFL Pick: Under 43.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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