Saturday, July 4, 2015

Draft position, gambling on the Eagles

If the season ended today, the Eagles would have the 11th pick in the first round of April's draft.

Draft position, gambling on the Eagles

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Could the Cardinals get rid of Kevin Kolb after just one season? (AP Photo)
Could the Cardinals get rid of Kevin Kolb after just one season? (AP Photo)

If the season ended today, the Eagles would have the 11th pick in the first round of April's draft.

A couple weeks ago, the Birds were slotted for the No. 6 spot, but after having won back-to-back games, there are now 10 teams with a worse record than them. The Chiefs, at 6-8, have the same record as the Eagles. And there are seven 7-7 teams (the Titans, Cardinals, Seahawks, Chargers, Raiders, Bears and Giants).

Four teams - the Redskins, Panthers, Dolphins and Bills - are just one game worse than the Eagles, at 5-9.

As for the second round, the way things currently stand, the Eagles would have back-to-back picks at Nos. 44 and 45. The first pick is their own, and the second pick is from the Cardinals via the Kevin Kolb deal. Arizona is suddenly at .500 after having won four straight.

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Speaking of Kolb, Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports that the Cardinals could actually get rid of him after one season with minimal financial responsibility. Per La Canfora, Kolb is due a $7M roster bonus in March, which the Cardinals could decline. He's only on the hook for $1M in salary in 2012. The article goes into further detail about future years, but the way La Canfora explains things, it's not out of the question that the Cardinals could cut ties with Kolb after 2011.

Kolb missed all of November with an injury and was sidelined in just his second game back. He's completed 57.7 percent of his passes this season for 1,955 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions (QB rating of 81.1).

GAMBLING ON THE EAGLES

The Birds will be slight underdogs when they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys this weekend. According to BetOnline.com, the Cowboys are 1.5-point favorites. Sportsbook.com has the number at 2 points.

The Eagles, of course, need the Jets to beat the Giants earlier in the day to still have a shot at the playoffs. The Jets are currently 3-point favorites, according to both sites mentioned above.

So, what are the chances that the Eagles actually win the division? Here are odds, courtesy of BetOnline.com:

Cowboys (-225)
Giants (+200)
Eagles (+500)

In other words, if you bet $100 on the Eagles to win the division, you cash in $500 if it happens.

For my earlier Man Up post on the offense, which focused on Jason Peters and the offensive line, click here.


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