Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Eagles favored over Cards?

Vegas likes the Birds.

Eagles favored over Cards?

Just one more reason why I will never understand how it is possible to make money gambling on the NFL:

The Eagles are three-point favorites on Thanksgiving night against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Eagles can't get out of their own way right now. Their offense is in shambles. Their quarterback has been jerked in and out of the lineup. The home field might be a mine field by halftime, if Donovan McNabb's struggles continue. And it could very well take a big number to beat the Cardinals, given the number of points they have scored all season.

Yet the Eagles are favored.

I know, I know, they're the Cardinals. And they're traveling East to play in the cold. And the Eagles are desperate. And the short week is an enormous handicap for a team that has to travel 2,000 miles. And yada-yada. But just looking at the way the Eagles have played lately, and just looking at running back Brian Westbrook's lack of explosion because of a bum ankle, and just looking at the way McNabb's play has fallen off of a cliff the last couple of weeks, it is hard to make the case with your eyes.

But I defer to the geniuses of the desert.

 

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
About this blog
Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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