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Week 10: Dallas at Philadelphia (Sunday, November 11th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: The 4-4 Eagles enjoyed an extremely favorable bye week: The Redskins lost, the Cowboys lost, and they acquired Golden Tate. 

The Eagles' offense will look to get going in Week 10 against the Cowboys with Tate and hopefully a healthy Darren Sproles. However, Lane Johnson is expected to miss a few games with a sprained knee. Carson Wentz has thrown 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions in six games this season. 

First look for the Cowboys: The Cowboys are coming off of a disappointing home loss to the Titans, 28-14, falling to 3-5. 

Amari Cooper caught five balls for 58 yards and a score in his Dallas debut, but it wasn't enough. Dak Prescott threw a crucial interception and lost a fumble in the loss. 

First look for the game: Dallas' defense is 4th in the NFL in yards allowed per game, so the Eagles offense will have to step up. The Cowboys are a little better against the pass than the run, but solid in both areas on defense. The Eagles are -5 in turnover differential and the Cowboys are -2, so this will be a key area where both teams are struggling. 

Vegas Line: Eagles -6, o/u 43.5

 

Week 9: BYE (Sunday, November 4th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles head into their bye week off a big 24-18 win over the Jaguars. 

Carson Wentz turned in another brilliant performance. He is throwing the ball as well as he's ever thrown it, in terms of accuracy. Jordan Matthews totaled 93 receiving yards against Jags and Jordan Hicks tallied 12 total tackles and 1.5 sacks. 

First look for the bye: The Eagles hope to get some guys healthy after the bye week like Darren Sproles, Richard Rodgers, and eventually Mack Hollins and Mike Wallace. Offensive lineman Lane Johnson suffered an MCL sprain against the Jags, is expected to miss about a month. 

Week 8: Philadelphia at Jacksonville in London (Sunday, October 28th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: Yikes. The Eagles are coming off their worst loss of a season, a 21-17 loss to the Panthers. Philadelphia blew a 17-0 fourth quarter lead, falling to 3-4.

Carson Wentz was brilliant in the first three quarters, but then struggled in the fourth quarter and was unable to orchestrate a successful final touchdown drive. However, Wentz finished 30-37 with 310 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions for one of his best games yet. Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz led the way in the pass-catching department, once again. 

Defensively, it was more of the same for Philly. Fletcher Cox and Michael Bennett were beasts up front, but when the pressure slowed down, corners Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills struggled. 

First look for the Jaguars: Hey, it's another struggling 3-4 team that played in last year's conference championship game, the Jaguars. 

The Jags are coming off of a dreadful 20-7 loss to the Texans where they pulled QB Blake Bortles for backup QB Cody Kessler. 

With Leonard Fournette batting a lingering hamstring injury, the Jags' run game has been abysmal. However, Jacksonville acquired Carlos Hyde late last week. He will make his Jags debut on Sunday against the Eagles. 

First look for the game: Blake Bortles will be on "a short leash", but he will start on Sunday vs. the Eagles, Adam Schefter reports. 

Despite poor offensive play, the Jags are second in the NFL allowing just 301.6 yards per game. Philly is 14th in the NFL, allowing 355.4 yards per game. The Eagles and Jaguars offenses rank 19th and 22nd respectively, in terms of yards per game. Alshon Jeffery will have his hands full against Jags CB Jalen Ramsey. 

Vegas Line: Eagles -3

Week 7: Carolina at Philadelphia (Sunday, October 21st, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles are coming off of their best win of the season, a dominating 34-13 win over the Giants to get back to .500 (3-3). 

Carson Wentz was excellent, completing 26 of 36 passes for 278 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs. Alshon Jeffery caught eight of his 12 tagrets for 74 yards and two scores. And defensively, Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby stepped up and played great games. 

First look for the Panthers: The Panthers are coming off of a bad 23-17 loss at the Redskins, falling to 3-2. 

Washington slowed down Christian McCaffrey, Carolina's best weapon, who had just 66 yards from scrimmage on 15 touches. Greg Olsen returned for an injury and caught four balls for 48 yards. Former Eagles WR Torrey Smith caught five balls for 43 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Carolina is led by Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis in the middle. 

First look for the game: The Eagles will look to slow down Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey, which is easier said than done. Both Carolina and Philadelphia are top half of the league defenses and bottom half of the league offenses, in terms of yards per game. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia -4.5 

 

Week 6: Philadelphia at New York (Thursday, October 11th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: Oh boy. This is a must-win situation for the defending Super Bowl champs, who are coming off of two straight losses. 

The Eagles lost 23-21 on Sunday against the Vikings and although Carson Wentz played well again (24-35, 311 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs), the offense—other than Zach Ertz—did not. The offensive line continues to struggle. It has allowed 15 sacks over the last four games. And starting running back Jay Ajayi tore his ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season, to make matters worse.

First look for the Giants: New York lost a heartbreaker, 33-31 to the Panthers, on a last second 63-yard field goal. 

Offensively, it was arguably the Giants' best game of the year. Eli Manning threw for 326 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs. Odell Beckham Jr. caught eight of 14 targets for 131 yards and a score. And Saquon Barkley went over 100 scrimmage yards for the fifth straight game to start his career. 

First look for the game: Stastically speaking, both teams are rather similar in that both teams are struggling offensively but have been solid defensively. That sounds like a low scoring game (over/under 44). The Eagles will have their handsful against Beckham spefically, as corner has been one of their weakest positions this season. Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, and Sidney Jones have all struggled this season. 

The good news is, the Giants have a league-low 6.0 sacks this season and have allowed 16.0 t-8th most. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia -3

 

Week 5: Minnesota at Philadelphia (Sunday, October 7th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles are coming off a devastating loss, where they blew a 14-point second half lead and allowed three fourth-down conversions late, losing 26-23 in overtime. 

Carson Wentz and the offense looked a lot better with Alshon Jeffery back, who caught eight of nine targets for 105 yards and a score. Both Darren Sproles and Corey Clement did not play. The offensive line, however, struggled in pass protection, allowing four sacks on Wentz. 

Defensively, the secondary struggled mightily, especially cornerback Jalen Mills and safety Corey Graham—who was replaced injured safety Rodney McLeod. The Eagles allowed 327 yards passing to the Titans. 

First look for the Vikings: Minnesota lost a shootout in LA on Thursday night against the Rams, 38-31. Kirk Cousins was brilliant, completing 36 of 50 passes for 422 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs, plus 28 rushing yards. 

Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen combined for 19 catches and over 150 yards receiving. 

Defensively, Minnesota allowed over 450 yards passing to Jared Goff, sacking him just once. 

First look for the game: Minnesota is off to a 1-2-1 start, but the schedule makers did them no favors with at Packers, at Rams, and at Eagles in three of their first five games. 

The struggling Philadelphia secondary will have its hands full with Diggs, Thielen, tight end Kyle Rudolph, and Dalvin Cook out of the backfield. Philadelphia, at 2-2, desperately needs a victory. 

Both teams are above average in sacks and sacks allowed. The Eagles hope to get Sproles and Clement back from injury, as they try to get back to full strength. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia -3 

 

Week 4: Philadelphia at Tennessee (Sunday, September 30th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: Carson Wentz returned in Week 3 against Indianapolis from his ACL injury, playing his first game since December 10th, 2017. Wentz completed 25 of 37 passes for 255 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT and looked like his elusive self escaping defenders in the 20-16 win. 

Without Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood stepped up and rushed for 56 yards on 10 carries and a score. Dallas Goedert caught seven balls for 73 yards, including his first career touchdown pass on Wentz's first drive back. 

Defensively, the d-line dominated again, specifically Derek Barnett who had 3 TFL and 1.5 sacks. 

First look for the Titans: The Titans are dealing with an odd situation at quarterback, as Marcus Mariota has an elbow injury but was forced to play last week because backup Blaine Gabbert suffered a concussion. Mariota led the Titans to a 9-6 win over the Jaguars, throwing for 100 yards and rushing for 51 more. 

The Titans get a lot of their offense from their running backs, as Derrick Henry rushed for 57 yards and Dion Lewis tallied 40 yards from scrimmage. 

Defensively, Tennessee was excellent holding Jacksonville to just six points. Wesley Woodyard led the way with 12 tackles. 

First look for the game: Both teams come in at 2-1 and this expects to be well fought battle. 

Tennessee will look to get Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor going on the outside, as the Eagles defense is tough to penetrate through the middle. 

The Eagles hope to get Ajayi and Sproles, and Alshon Jeffery, back this week to help jump start the offense. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia -3.5

 

Week 3: Indianapolis at Philadelphia (Sunday, September 23rd, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: Carson Wentz is back! Wentz has been cleared to play and will make his 2018 debut against Indy on Sunday. 

Wentz returns, but the Eagles are incredibly thin at the receiver position. Mike Wallace fractured his fibula in Week 2 and is out indefinitely, Alshon Jeffery (rotator cuff) isn't likely to play and neither is Mack Hollins (sports hernia). Darren Sproles missed last week's game with a hamstring injury, and he is questionable for Week 3. Not ideal. 

Definitely, the Eagles' secondary will have to prove itself once again after a poor performance against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs, a 27-21 loss. 

First look for the Colts: The Colts are coming off of a strong 21-9 win at Washington. 

Andrew Luck was 21-31 for 179 yards, 2 TD, and 2 INT in the win. TY Hilton, the Colts' most dynamic play maker, caught seven balls for 83 yards and a score. 

First look for the game: Indianapolis is beatable through the air and with Carson Wentz returning, you might expect Doug Pederson to be aggressive. 

Defensively, the Eagles will have to keep Hilton in front of them and eliminate the big play, something they were unable to do last Sunday. If the defensive front can get pressure on Luck, he's prone to make some errand throws. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia -6.5

 

Week 2: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (Sunday, September 16th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: Carson Wentz has not yet been ruled out for Week 2, but it appears unlikely he'll be able to play. He still has not been cleared for contact. 

That means Nick Foles will once again get the start for Philly. Foles struggled in the Week 1 opener against Atlanta, completing just 19 of 34 passes for a mere 117 yards. 

The defense, however, was dominant leading Philadelphia to an 18-12 Week 1 win. Fletcher Cox, Chris Long, Ronald Darby, and Jordan Hicks were particularly excellent in Week 1. The Eagles will get Nigel Bradham (suspended) back for Sunday's game against the Bucs. 

First look for the Bucs: The Bucs were the NFL's surprise team in Week 1, scoring 48 points on the Saints and opening with a Week 1 upset. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, playing QB for the suspended Jameis Winston, was marvelous throwing for over 400 yards and five total touchdowns (four passing) with no turnovers. 

First look for the game: The Eagles' offense should be able to get rolling against the Bucs, who despite getting a win, did allow 40 points and 475 total yards to the Saints. 

The Eagles defense might be getting a bigger test than we originally though with Tampa's offense. Fitzpatrick has a slew of weapons in Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, OJ Howard, and Cameron Brate. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia -3

 

Week 1: Atlanta at Philadelphia (Thursday, September 6th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles begin their first season as the Super Bowl champions, ever. 

Nick Foles will get the start at quarterback with Carson Wentz still rehabbing his torn ACL. Last year in the divisional round of the playoffs, Foles and the Eagles beat Atlanta 15-10. The Eagles have been dealing with some banged up players this season. Nelson Agholor and Brandon Graham are expexcted to play, but Alshon Jeffery is not. As for veterans Darren Sproles and Jason Peters, we will see if they're ready to return from their injuries. Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement are expected to receive the bulk of the carries. 

First look for the Falcons: Atlanta enters Thursday's game seeking revenge. 

Matt Ryan is 3-3 against his hometown, averaged 258 passing yards per game. Atlanta added first-round rookie WR Calvin Ridley on offense to go along with Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and backfield weapons Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Defensively, Atlanta continues to improve every season. Last year, they were 9th in the NFL in yards allowed per game. 

First look for the game: The Eagles' offense has struggled mightily in the preseason and they only scored 15 points against Atlanta last January. All eyes will be on Foles, who many do not believe he can replicate his incredibly play during last year's playoff run. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia -2.5

 

Preseason Week 4: New York (AFC) at Philadelphia (Thursday, August 30th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: After winning the Super Bowl, the Eagles have put together three miserable offensive preseason perfomances, none worse than their 5-0 loss to Cleveland last week. 

Nick Foles has struggled mightily throwout the preseason, but will likely not play on Thursday in the preseason finale. Nate Sudfeld is expecting to see the majority of snaps and we could see Christian Hackenberg for the first time. 

Defensively, the Eagles look to continue their success, but don't expect the starters to play too much, if at all. 

First look for the Jets: New York is 1-2 this preseason behind rookie QB Sam Darnold and QB Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater, returning from his gruesome knee injury, has played well. And so has the rookie No. 3 overall pick. 

On offense, NYJ features running backs Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell and pass catchers Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, and Terrelle Pryor. 

First look for the game: Most, if not all, of the starters will not play in the preseason finale. The fourth preseason game is a chance for both teams to iron out their position battles and make final cuts. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia +4

 

Preseason Week 3: Philadelphia at Cleveland (Thursday, August 23rd, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: Nick Foles suffered a shoulder strain in last week's loss to New England, but he was back at practice this week. His status for Thursday is unknown. Carson Wentz is back participating in 11-on-11 drills but he will not play against the Browns. 

So...we can expect to see a lot of Nate Sudfeld again at QB for the Birds. Philadelphia has struggled offensively so far this preseason. It will be interesting to see how many, if any, snaps veterans returning from injury in Jason Peters and Darren Sproles take.

Defensively, you hope CB Ronald Darby can continue to build off of his strong preseason.

First look for the Browns: The Browns will get ready for their season opener, playing both Tyrod Taylor and rookie Baker Mayfield at quarterback. The Browns feature an offense they expect to be much better this season, featuring RB's Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson, WR's Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon (who will not play), and TE David Njoku. 

First look for the game: The Philadelphia defense could have their hands full against a slew of weapons that Cleveland has this year. However, if their offensive line can't block for Taylor and/or Mayfield, it will be a long day for the Browns. Also, Cleveland is feature on this year's HBO Hardknocks series

Vegas Line: Philadelphia +4

 

Preseason Week 2: Philadelphia at New England (Thursday, August 16th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles will look to get some of the starters a few more reps in the second preseason game. The QB position, however, is still up-in-the-air. Carson Wentz, of course, will not play as he continues he rehab. Nick Foles did not play in the team's first preseason game with muscle spasms in the head and neck area, but he will start on Thursday

Nate Sudfeld, who started in the preseason opener, completed 10 of 14 passes for 140 yards and 2 TD's. He did throw two interceptions, however. And the Eagles also signed Christian Hackenberg this week, who is expected to see some preseason action. 

Rookie TE Dallas Goedert, who caught four balls for 66 yards and a score in his debut, looks to build on that performance on Thursday. 

First look for the Patriots: Brian Hoyer took the majority of New England's snaps in their preseason opening win over Washington and he should do the same on Thursday. However, Tom Brady says he expects to start on Thursday vs. Foles. 

Jeremy Hill had 13 touches (11 carries) in the preseason opener and Devin Lucien lead the team with 71 receiving yards. 

First look for the game: A Super Bowl rematch! If only it was regular season. 

The Eagles are going to walk into Foxborough with their chests out after their Super Bowl victory over New England a few months ago. However, neither team will show much on Thursday night, as both expect to be back in the big game this year. 

Vegas Line: Philadelphia +3

 

Preseason Week 1: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (Thursday, August 9th, 2018)

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles will play their first football game as Super Bowl champions and the crowd is expected to be loud and raucous in Philadelphia. 

Carson Wentz is recovering from knee surgery and Nick Foles is banged up, so expect to see a lot of Nate Sudfeld at quarterback for the Birds.

First look for the Steelers: The Steelers are a well-oiled machine. They enter the season off of a 13-3 season and are consistently a Super Bowl contender. This year should be no different. 

With Ben Roethlisberger, 36, returning for another season, Pittsburgh will be in the hunt once again. However, like Doug Pederson with the Eagles, head coach Mike Tomlin will be using this first preseason game to get a look at his  backups. 

First look for the game: The first preseason game is a chance for the young guys and backups to shine. Some starters will get a chance to wet their beak, and then it's to the bench. Neither of these teams can afford is significant injury, as both teams expect to be playing meaningful football games deep into the winter.