Denver Broncos vs. Philadelphia Eagles NFL Picks & Preview
If it was this time last year, the Philadelphia Eagles may have been alive in the NFC East race with their record. But right now, at 3-6 (4-5 ATS), they are bordering on irrelevance.
BetAnySports customers may be very impressed with what they have done of late with their offense. It’s become “back to basics” time as they seek a direction under first-year coach Nick Sirianni.
The Denver Broncos (5-4 SU & ATS) have just traded Von Miller. But the defense looked like they didn’t need him as they stifled Dallas. And with an extra team added to the playoff mix, they are by no means out of the picture.
Philadelphia and Denver will clash at 4:25 PM ET at Mile High. Remember that you can get reduced juice on this game, so that you receive a better price and more value.
Can Broncos shut the door again?
You would have to say that the Broncos displayed as imposing a defensive effort as we’ve seen this year. That is because they didn’t play a “have-not,” but a potent offensive team in the Dallas Cowboys.
What they proceeded to do, after trading Miller to the Rams, was flummox Dallas. They held Dak Prescott to 19 of 39 passing. And until there was 4:08 left in the game, they had a shutout. At that point, they were up 30-0 – and that was at AT&T Stadium.
Denver is ninth in the NFL in yards allowed per drive. But they are even better (4th) in points allowed on a per-drive basis (1.67).
Denver Broncos vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Here are the numbers…
In the NFL betting odds posted on this game at BetAnySports, the Broncos are a slight favorite:
|Eagles||+1 (-110)||44½ (-110)||EV|
|Broncos||-1 (-110)||44½ (-110)||-120|
Eagles traveling well by land
It appears as if the ground game is becoming an essential part of the Eagles’ offensive philosophy. In these last two games, they have run the ball 72% of the time. And the result is that they have 412 yards on the ground.
Philadelphia in particular had a lot of success in a 44-6 win over Detroit, with 263 rushing yards. These are great results. But they came against defenses (Lions and Chargers) who have not distinguished themselves in stopping the run.
Is Jalen Hurts all that trusted by Sirianni? Maybe that’s a legitimate question to be asked. Hurts has protected the ball well (just 4 INT’s). But with eleven TD’s, he isn’t going to beat a lot of teams with his arm.
Hurts is actually this team’s leading rusher, with 494 yards. The Eagles have been operating without Miles Sanders, who was averaging close to five yards per carry. Sirianni has praised Jordan Howard, who has been the featured back after coming off the practice squad.
Philadelphia fails on defense
The Eagles are just 24th in defensive DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) in the NFL. Without going into all the data, that’s not good.
And they did absolutely nothing to stop the L.A.Chargers last week in a last-second loss. They allowed Justin Herbert to complete 32 of 38 passes, and did not register ONE quarterback hit, much less a sack. They allowed the Chargers to come inside their 30-yard line every time they had the ball. If you’re an Eagles’ backer, these things should alarm you.
And we say that even though Denver doesn’t have the same weaponry as the Bolts. The Broncos are also going back to the ground game, and they had 190 rushing yards against the Cowboys.
Denver Broncos vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Our Conclusion
We know that Hurts is versatile. But I think we can be confident that Denver head coach Vic Fangio and his defensive staff can cook up something to keep him off-balance. If they can defend the run first (and frankly, with Howard as the main guy, it’s not that imposing), they’ve got half the battle won. The Broncos have what it takes to make them one-dimensional. We’ll lay the points.
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