On Tuesday, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson went on teammate Lane Johnson's "Outside the Lane" podcast and advocated for NFL players to be mic'd up this season. His reasoning? If there aren't any fans in the stands because of the coronavirus, mic'ing up players would "give fans the insight to see what really goes on between the white lines."
"It gets crazy, bro. I know in the trenches it gets crazy. And I know on the outside it gets crazy, too, the conversations we go back and forth on."
Jackson looks to rebound in 2020 after being limited to just 3 games last season due to a core muscle injury.
The Eagles battled their way to a playoff spot in 2019, beating out the rival Cowboys in the final week of the season to win the NFC East. Philadelphia started 5-7, but won its final four games to finish 9-7. The Eagles looked like a team playing with house money entering the postseason, but unfortunately star quarterback Carson Wentz exited the wild-card game early with a concussion. The Seahawks beat the Eagles 17-9.
Can Philadelphia get off to a better start in 2020 and make it back to the playoffs?
Oddsmakers have set the Eagles' win total at 9.5. However, sportsbooks are hanging different juice on both sides of the number. This signals disagreement on behalf of bettors, with books having different liability.
For example, Circa Sports is juicing up the over 9.5 (-120), with the under at + 100. But DraftKings is juicing up the under 9.5 (-134), with the over + 110. FanDuel also leans under 9.5 (-115), with the over -105. PointsBet is at 9.5 with equal -110 juice on both sides.
Reading between the lines, it looks like oddsmakers see Philadelphia going either 9-7 or 10-6, but they aren't sure which.
This presents bettors with a perfect "shop for the best line" opportunity. If you like the over, grab the + 110 plus money at DraftKings. If you like the under, bet it at Circa Sports so you can take advantage of even money (+ 100).
One reason to lean over: The Eagles have the 8th-easiest schedule this season. Their 2020 opponents went a combined 124-131-1 (.486) in 2019.
Here is the full Philadelphia schedule
Week 1: at Redskins
Week 2: vs Rams
Week 3: vs Bengals
Week 4: at 49ers
Week 5: at Steelers
Week 6: vs Ravens
Week 7: vs Giants
Week 8: vs Cowboys
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: at Giants
Week 11: at Browns
Week 12: vs Seahawks
Week 13: at Packers
Week 14: vs Saints
Week 15: at Cardinals
Week 16: at Cowboys
Week 17: vs Redskins
Oddsmakers expect Philadelphia to make the postseason, although not by a wide margin. The Eagles are -182 favorites to make the playoffs at DraftKings and + 149 dogs to miss the playoffs.
The Eagles are once again engaged in a 2-team battle for the division with the Cowboys. Philadelphia is + 140 to win the NFC East. Dallas is the favorite at -106. The Giants (+ 900) and Redskins (+ 1300) are a distant third and fourth.
Philadelphia is + 1000 to win the NFC, trailing only the 49ers (+ 500), Saints (+ 600), Bucs (+ 700) and Cowboys (+ 850).
The Eagles have the 7th-best Super Bowl odds at + 2000.
Philadelphia let longtime safety Malcolm Jenkins leave for the Saints in free agency, but boosted its secondary by trading for shutdown cornerback Darius Slay from the Lions. In the draft, the Eagles beefed up their offense by selecting TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round and then taking Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round.
In terms of player props, Carson Wentz's over/under for passing yards is 3,900.5. His over/under passing touchdowns is 27.5. Last season Wentz threw for 4,039 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Wentz has the 6th-best MVP odds at + 2000. Only Patrick Mahomes (+ 400), Lamar Jackson (+ 700), Russell Wilson (+ 800), Dak Prescott (+ 1400) and Tom Brady (+ 1600) have better odds.
Zach Ertz's over/under receiving yards is 850.5. He has 916 receiving yards in 2019. Reagor's over/under receiving yards in 650.5.