This Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) will host the Denver Broncos (3-4) in a non-conference matchup. Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST at Lincoln Financial Field and will be televised locally on CBS.
Oddsmakers currently have the Eagles listed as a 7.5-point home favorite with the total set at 43 points. Check out our Week 9 NFL odds page for a full betting schedule and links to all of our game previews.
Broncos vs Eagles Game Preview & Vegas Betting Predictions
Denver comes into this one off a 19-29 road loss to the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. The Broncos also failed to cover as 7-point underdogs. It was Denver’s third straight loss overall and third straight against the spread. The 42-points the Broncos scored in Week 2 against the Cowboys seems like a distant memory, as Denver has failed to eclipse 20-points in each of their last 5 games
The Eagles impressive start to the 2017 continued in Week 8, as Philadelphia cruised to a 33-10 win and cover at home over the 49ers as a 13-point favorite. The Eagles have won 6 straight following their Week 2 loss at Kansas City and have covered the number in each of their last 5 to improve to 6-2 ATS on the season.
Free NFL Pick & Betting Predictions: UNDER 43
I would lean towards taking the points with the Broncos in this one if I had to play the side, but I have a stronger opinion on the total. I think we are going to see this game go UNDER the total of 43 that’s been set by the books.
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Denver’s defense has been playing at an elite level all season and if not for the poor play they have got out of the quarterback position, they would likely have one of the best records in the league. The Broncos lead the league in total defense, giving up just 261 yards/game. Carolina is the only team that’s even close to them, as the Panthers are allowing 264 ypg. The next best is the Vikings at 282.1 ypg.
I believe they are more than capable of shutting down Carson Wentz and this high-powered Eagles offense. I believe the loss of star left tackle Jason Peters is going to play a big role in this game, as it leaves Philadelphia short-handed against arguably the best pass rusher in the league in Von Miller.
At the same time, I think it’s going to be equally has hard on the Broncos offense to put points on the board. Denver has benched starting quarterback Trevor Siemian and will be replacing him with Brock Osweiler. The Broncos believe that we will see a different Osweiler than in previous seasons, but I’m not buying it, especially against the Eagles. A big reason for Siemian’s struggles is he’s had no time to throw the ball and that struggling offense line is going to have their hands full against one of the best front sevens in the league.
UNDER is an impressive 9-1 in the Broncos last 10 games against a team from the NFC and 13-4 in their last 17 after playing their previous game on the road. UNDER is also 40-18 in the Eagles last 58 games after scoring 30 or more in their previous contest.
We also have a strong system in play. The UNDER is 37-12 (76%) over the last 5 seasons in the 2nd half of the year when you have a total of 42.5 to 49 points in a game that involves a team (Denver) that’s been beaten by the spread by 42 o more points in their last 5 games combined.