Five Ways To Bet On The Philadelphia Eagles In NFL Week 1

Posted on September 8, 2020

The Philadelphia Eagles open the 2020 NFL season against the Washington Football Team (aka the franchise with no name).

It’s an NFC East rivalry dating back to the 1934 season. More importantly, the Birds head into Sunday’s game (1 p.m. on Fox) winners of six straight.

However, the start of the 2020 NFL betting season is unlike any other. There were no preseason games due to the global pandemic. And the stands at FedExField (and other stadiums across the NFL) will be empty.

However, the NJ sports betting excitement is still alive and well.

DraftKings Sportsbook has the Birds as a 6-point (-110) road favorite, and the moneyline of -278 heavily favors Philly, too.

These are just two of the potential wagers available from New Jersey online sports betting sites. Here is a look at five wagers to consider heading into Sunday’s Philadelphia-Washington game.

1. Betting on an Eagles win

The Eagles being favored by at least a touchdown against Washington is familiar territory. These same two teams met in the 2019 season opener at Lincoln Financial Field, and the Eagles went off as a 10-point favorite.

Guess which team forgot to show up in the first half in that game? Yep, Philly trailed 21-7 at halftime, but responded with 25 unanswered second-half points. Eagles ended up winning 32-27, but didn’t come close to covering the spread.

And with Sunday’s game being the first time both the teams are taking the field, this one may play out like a preseason game. The only difference is the starters will play the bulk of the minutes.

With so many unknowns, the moneyline seems like the safest play, but there is little value for Eagles bettors. Wagering $270 to win $100 doesn’t seem worth it. Getting the Eagles at -6 points or less for even money seems to be the more attractive option.

Bettors thinking Philly will get off to a slow start may sit on the sidelines for this one until they get a better feel for the team.

Here is a look at the Monday afternoon lines available at five NJ sportsbooks. Last updated at 4 p.m. ET Sept. 8.

Sportsbook Point Spread Moneyline Total points
DraftKings P -6 (-110)
W +6 (-110)
P -278
W +225
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
FanDuel P -6.5 (-105)
W +6.5 (-115)
P -270
W +220
Over 42.5 (-105)
Under 42.5 (-115)
Fox Bet P -6 (-110)
W +6 (-110)
P -275
W +225
Over 42.5 (-110)
Under 42.5 (-110)
BetMGM P -6 (-110)
W +6 (-110)
P -264
W +215
Over 42.5 (-110)
Under 42.5 (-110)
PointsBet NJ P -6 (-110)
W +6 (-110)
P -270
W +215
Over 43 (-105)
Under 43 -115
P= Philadelphia; W= Washington

2. DraftKings + Eagles game props

Game props are another way to wager on Sunday’s Eagles game vs. Washington. One of the advantages is bettors do not necessarily need to wait for time to expire to see if the ticket is a winning one.

DraftKings Sportbook, for example, already has a full betting menu up for this Week 1 matchup. Instead of touching on every single one (as there are way too many to mention), here is a look at potential early payouts:

  • First team to score: Philadelphia -167/Washington +123
  • Total first-half touchdowns: Over 2.5 (+123)/under 2.5 (-175)
  • First half point spread: Philadelphia -3.5 (-117)/Washington +3.5 (-110)

How about taking a guess what the first scoring play is going to be? DraftKings has you covered there, too:

  • Eagles touchdown +163
  • Washington touchdown +265
  • Philadelphia or Washington safety +8000
  • Eagles field goal +285

3. Fox Bet + the scoring race

Going off of recent results, Philadelphia-Washington games tend to be high-scoring affairs. In the last two seasons alone, the Birds have averaged a tad more than 30 points per game.

And as mentioned earlier, there is no guarantee the Eagles offense will get off to a quick start. This is where Fox Bet NJ customers can have a little fun.

The operator is offering users the opportunity to wager on which team will be the first to score 10 points, 15 points, and 20 points. And Philadelphia is the current favorite in each of these scoring scenarios. Here is the odds breakdown:

  • Race to 10 points: Philadelphia -188/Washington +150
  • First team to 15 points: Philadelphia -225/Washington +180
  • Which team will score 20 points first: Philadelphia -250/Washington +200

4. Jalen Reagor betting at FanDuel Sportsbook

Eagles fans (and bettors) hoping to see rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor turn in a standout performance in Sunday’s game will be disappointed. The first-round pick out of TCU is sidelined with a shoulder injury.

 

So betting on his total yards or touchdowns against the Washington Football Team is not an option. Instead, we will take a closer look at his chances of winning Offensive Rookie of the Year via FanDuel Sportsbook.

His odds currently sit at +2000, which puts him tied with several other players. Joe Burrow, the first overall pick and starting QB for the Cincinnati Bengals, leads the field at +230. Here are a few of the other top names on the board:

  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs running back, +360
  • Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins quarterback, +800
  • Jonathan Taylor, Colts running back, +950

Does Reagor have star potential? Yes.

He ranks No. 2 all-time on the TCU career list with 22 receiving touchdowns while his 2,248 receiving yards are sixth-best. It’s just a matter of how quickly he adjusts to the NFL game versus the rest of the rookie class.

The bottom line is there are several players with much better odds, but betting on Reagor comes with bigger payout potential.

Of course, the first step is getting Reagor into game action.

5. DraftKings Super Bowl odds boost

DraftKings is offering customers a limited time 55-1 odds boost on the Philadelphia Eagles (or other team of choice) to win Super Bowl 55.

The max bet is $1. So the win may not be as exciting as the Eagles +2000 available in the futures market, but the bettor is risking very little. Call it a little early-season fun.

The odds boost expires at 8:20 p.m. on Thursday night (kickoff of the season opener between the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans).

And the same boost applies to the Chiefs or Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Want in on the action? Customers will find the odds boost details via the banner ad in the lobby. Just log in or create an account and click the “opt-in” button under 55-1 Big Game Boost.

Pick a team, and only one team, select the boost on the bet slip, and submit your pick.

Then sit back and wait for Feb. 7, 2021, to roll around. Let’s hope the Eagles remember how to fly this year.

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Bill Gelman is a veteran sports writer based just outside of Philadelphia and not too far from the Jersey Shore. Bill spends time in Atlantic City writing about casino openings and expansions, special events and now NJ sports betting and online gambling.

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