Can the Philadelphia Eagles stay hot through February and win second Super Bowl in six years?
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After stunning the league in 2021 and making the playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles have taken it up a level (or three) in 2022.
After 15 weeks of the National Football League season, the Eagles were the only team with less than three losses, and had already wrapped up the NFC East. Before the season, that might not have sounded impressive, but the NFC East was the only division in football with all four teams over .500 heading into Week 16.
Right now, the Eagles are the second choice to win Super Bowl LVII on February 12, 2023 in Glendale. Philadelphia has odds of around +430 with New Jersey sports books, just behind the Buffalo Bills, who have been at or near the top of the odds all season.
The Eagles are priced much lower to win the NFC title, with the path going through Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia has just about locked up the top seed in the conference and is now priced at +150, with the San Francisco 49ers the second choice at +310. Surprisingly, the Minnesota Vikings, who went into Week 16 of the season at 11-3, were well back in the odds to win the NFC at +900 with SI Sportsbook bonus: sports books have looked at Minnesota’s 10-0 record in games decided by one score and figured at some point that might catch up to the Vikings in the playoffs when the competition gets tougher.
One Philadelphia player also leads the way in another NFL futures category: Jalen Hurts is the clear favorite now to win League MVP. Through Week 15, with the Eagles 13-1, Hurts had over 4,200 yards of combined offense (3,274 passing and 747 rushing) and 35 combined touchdowns (22 passing, 13 rushing). Even with the possibility that Hurts could sit out a game or two after the Eagles clinch home field and the bye in the NFC, it looks like he may have done enough to hold off Patrick Mahomes. If Hurts does sit the last two games, though, and Mahomes breaks the single-season record for passing yards (albeit with an extra game now) while leading the Chiefs to the top seed, Hurts could end up getting caught at the wire.
Here are the odds to win the MVP:
Odds to Win 2022-23 NFL MVP
|Player||Odds to Win NFL MVP|
|Jalen Hurts (PHI)||-145|
|Patrick Mahomes (KC)||+170|
|Josh Allen (BUF)||+900|
|Joe Burrow (CIN)||+1000|
Of course, football is a team game, and winning is ultimately of more importance to the fans (and bettors) than individual awards.
Here are the current odds to win the Super Bowl:
Odds to win Super Bowl LVII
|Kansas City Chiefs||+500|
|San Francisco 49ers||+650|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+2800|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+3500|
|New York Giants||+10000|
As you can see, the Eagles, who have all but clinched the top seed in the NFC heading into their Week 16 battle with the Cowboys, look to be a good value play to win the Super Bowl.
Will they hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy in Glendale?
That is another story.
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