NFL Preseason: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots; Betting Analysis
The Philadelphia Eagles will look to play a bit better than they did in their preseason-opening loss on Thursday Game for the NFL Preseason when they hit the road to take on a New England Patriots team that will be looking to remain unbeaten after winning their scrimmage season opener last week.
The Eagles claimed their first Super Bowl title by beating the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52 in February. If you’re looking for betting value, then let’s find out which one of these Super Bowl contenders is offering the best value in this Week 2 preseason contest.
Precipitation persists at #PatsCamp.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 13, 2018
🏈: NFL Preseason – Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots
🏟️: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
⏰: Thu. Aug 16, 2018, 7:30 PM
🎰: New England Patriots -3 -115 | -160 | U 42½ -110
The Philadelphia Eagles were on the wrong end of a humbling 31-14 loss to Pittsburgh in their opener last week as both, starting quarterback Carson Wentz and Super Bowl-winning backup Nick Foles both sat out the affair. Third-string signal-caller Nate Sudfeld completed an efficient 10 of 14 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns but also tossed two costly interceptions. Fourth-string hopeful Joe Callahan completed 8 of 18 passes for 91 yards in the loss. Super Bowl hero, Corey Clement led the Eagles with 30 rushing yards on five attempts while Shelton Gibson and Dallas Goedert added touchdown catches in the defeat.
The New England Patriots beat the Washington Redskins, 26-17 in their preseason opener as backup quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Danny Etling combined to go 18-for-28 for 161 passing yards to help the Pats come back from a 10-0 first quarter deficit. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady sat out the affair. While neither quarterback tossed a touchdown or interception, New England’s rushing attack led the way to victory. Veteran running back Jeremy Hill rushed for a team-high 51 rushing yards and one touchdown while fellow back Ralph Webb added 46 rushing yards and two scores on 14 carries.
The Eagles still likely won’t play Carson Wentz in this one, seeing as how this is still a meaningless contest for their prized franchise building block. I also suspect that we won’t see Nick Foles for more than a series or two, so the outcome of this contest will lie largely in the hands of Sudfeld and Callahan for the second straight game. For New England, I suspect that Tom Brady won’t play more than a series or two, if that, so the Patriots’ success will lie in the hands of Hoyer and Etling.
New England is 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS in their last 5 home preseason games. The Pats have scored at least 23 points in each of their last five home preseason contests while scoring 34 points or more in two of those games. Philadelphia has lost two straight road preseason games while failing to cover the chalk in both. However, Philly is 2-2 SU and ATS over their last four scrimmage road dates.
With all of that said, I’m going to urge you to back the New England Patriots to get the win and ATS cover, seeing as how they likely want a small measure of ‘revenge’ for their Super Bowl loss to the Birds the last time they met, not to mention they’ve got the best quarterback once you get past Brady, Wentz, and Foles.
Pick: New England 27 Philadelphia 21