While Eagles fans may not be over the moon about the team’s economical approach to the start of the NFL free agency period, that doesn’t mean those who actually know what they’re talking about haven’t noticed.
According to Bovada, the Eagles are the 6th most likely team to win the Super Bowl. Odds set at 18-1. SEA, DEN, SF, NE, and GB ahead of them
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) March 18, 2014
The Bovada online sportsbook, which had the Eagles at a 25-1 shot at the end of the season, leapfrogged Philadelphia towards the upper tier of NFL contenders. Given the fact that the five teams sitting ahead of the Eagles in the updated rankings have all made huge splashes in the free agent market, the movers and shakers in Las Vegas must see something in Philadelphia’s steady approach to building their roster.
Following the Super Bowl, the Eagles were in the middle of the pack as far as contenders go. Now, they sit at 4th in the NFC and easily the biggest favorite in the NFC East. Rounding out the top ten of contenders are: the Colts (20-1), the Saints (22-1), the Panthers (25-1), and the Bears (28-1). The Bengals and Chargers (both at 33-1) are the only playoff teams out of the top ten.
Although there is nothing necessarily scientific about these odds, it’s worth noting that the Seahawks were a 17-2 shot heading into last season. The Packers were in the 6th slot heading into the 2013 season, albeit at 12-1 instead of 15-1. Prior to Chip Kelly coaching any games at the NFL level, the Eagles were a paltry 50-1 dog to win the Super Bowl. Considering the substantial leaps and bounds the organization has made from a competitive standpoint, it’s a plus to see the Vegas experts moving the Eagles up the charts.
It’s possible that a bunch of over-eager Philadelphia fans are jumping the gun due to last season’s success and the Bovada sportsbook is compensating. Nevertheless, jumping from 25-1 to 18-1 is certainly worth raising an eyebrow towards.