Our weekly visit from Dave Staley of sportsbook.com:
Q: What's the line for Eagles-Broncos Sunday?
A: With another win and another cover comes even more respect for the Eagles from the bettors. Two weeks ago, our odds for the Eagles to win the NFC were 10-1. Last week, those odds dipped to 7-1. Today, the odds are 5-1.
The Eagles have now won five in a row and covered three straight. For the season, Philly is 9-5 against the spread (64.3%). Considering they have been favorites in 11 games, bettors have profited nicely from the Birds this season.
Denver, on the other hand, peaked earlier in the season. After winning and covering their first six games, the Broncos are 2-6 both straight up and against the spread.
We opened this game with Philly as seven-point favorites, and that number has not budged. However, you can now get the Eagles at -105 juice instead of the standard -110. If you are on Denver, the juice is -115.
This is interesting, considering that 76% of bettors are currently on the Eagles. This indicates that our handicappers consider -6.5 to be the truer number. Personally, I disagree and was surprised this number didn’t open on the other side of seven.
Since their six-game winning streak, Denver’s offense has been pretty brutal. In their last eight games, they scored 20-plus points only two times. And now they have to travel to the east coast to play in a hostile environment, against an extremely aggressive defense? I’m still scratching my head a bit with this spread…
Denver hasn’t been kind to bettors in December recently as they are just 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 December games, whereas the Eagles are 8-4.
Q: What about the over/under?