The Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East last season with a 9-7 record. Unfortunately, that was the pinnacle of their season, as they lost their first playoff game and had an overall disappointing season. They did upgrade this offseason though, as they get DeSean Jackson back and drafted wide receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round of the draft to finally give them deep threats again. They also added Javon Hargrave on the defensive line, making their line easily one of the best in the league. They did lose safety Malcolm Jenkins, but added cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman and safety Will Parks for a likely net gain to the secondary.
Betting on win totals, division titles, and Super Bowl appearances is a traditional side of sports betting. However, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering a fun twist for the coming season. They have posted odds on whether one of six teams will go 16-0 in the 2020 regular season. The Chiefs have the best odds to do just that with a +2500 line. The Baltimore Ravens come in second to go 16-0 with a +3000 line, while the Eagles are the biggest longshot you can bet on to go 16-0 at +12500.
Below, we will take a look at the Eagles 2020-21 schedule to see what it will take for Philadelphia to win every regular season game.
To go 16-0 you would hope for a few more “gimme” games than the Eagles have this season, but I only count four. Washington is one of two teams that even have odds to go 0-16 this season, the other being the Jaguars. Being a division rival doesn’t help, but they should be able to take those two matchups. The Bengals are still young and by Week 3 they won’t be hitting on all cylinders, especially in Philadelphia against that defensive line while the Giants should be better, but going to Philadelphia is not going to be easy for Daniel Jones and company.
Winnable, but could be close
We have a mixed bag here, as the Cowboys playing in Philadelphia could be considered a tough matchup and the Eagles playing on the road against the Giants could be an easy matchup, but taking the home/away and division rivalry perspectives, they meet in the middle. If they have a lot of trouble with the Cowboys in Week 8 at home this season, their chances to go 16-0 are nil.
The Browns and Cardinals both have improved enough this offseason to give them a shot against the Eagles at home while the Rams are a bit of a wildcard after a down 2019, but have too much talent on offense and defense to look past, even at home.
Week 4: at San Francisco 49ers
Week 5: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 6: vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 12: vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 13: at Green Bay Packers
Week 14 vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 16: at Dallas Cowboys
Looking at this schedule can’t be too exciting for Eagles fans, as they get four tough games on the road and three at home, not including the Cowboys. The 49ers went to the Super Bowl and appear ready for another run. The Steelers went 8-8 with bad quarterbacks last season and will get Ben Roethlisberger back. The Ravens dominated the AFC last year and got better this offseason. The Seahawks went into Philadelphia and beat them in the playoffs last season. The Packers, Week 13, in Lambeau. The Saints looked poised for a Super Bowl run last year and got better this offseason. And to end the murderer’s row of matchups, they have to go into Dallas and beat their rivals, who could very much be in the hunt for a playoff spot at that point.
The Eagles should be better this season, but I wouldn’t touch this bet, because they are not going 16-0.