This season, the Philly Influencer staff and contributors will be giving you their predictions and best bets!
The Eagles head out West to Denver this weekend. Can the Birds rebound this week after last week’s heartbreaker against the Chargers in this matchup?
Here are the staff’s predictions and best bets:
Mike Diaz (@PhillyMike):
The Broncos just destroyed Dallas Sucks in Arlington, the Eagles are 0-3 vs the AFC West, the Eagles are only 2.5 point underdogs, the Denver defense is at the tops of the rankings in Points Against, the Eagles haven’t won in Denver since the first George Bush was President…and I’m going with the Birds. The reasons? The Eagles are 3-2 on the road (0-4 at home) and I’m going to be at this one and the Birds want us to have a great postgame party.
Eagles 20 – Broncos 17
Best Bet: UNDER 49.5
Bruce Vail (@BruceJVail):
I will continue to pick against the Eagles until I see some changes from the defense. Jonathan Gannon is clearly in over his head, learning on the job (just like the rest of the new coaching staff) overseeing a defense putting up historically BAD numbers…statistics we have never seen before. With that being said, the offense continues to look better. The Eagles are running the ball more, controlling more clock and that’s important because it’s keeping our defense off the field. Now if only our defense can you know, force a punt? Do that and if Hurts can clean up his accuracy I think this game will be close. Hoping the Birds prove my prediction wrong, but I’m going with a close Denver W here at Mile high.
Broncos 23 – Eagles 18
Best bet: Team to record the most Punts (PHI ) +115
Denver is coming off of their best offensive performance this season against one of the best teams in the NFC. This is a situation I love to fade in the season with a low scoring team and the Eagles are flying under the radar in this game after falling short against the Chargers. I expect the Eagles to dictate the tempo in this game because of Denver’s offense that should show some regression this week. The Eagles are facing a Quarterback that they don’t have to worry about slinging it around the yard, unlike last week with Herbert. This should allow the Eagles to control the game with the run game which will open up plays for Goedert and Smith. The Eagles defense has been able to travel on the road this year with having the 7th ranked defensive DVOA on the road. The Broncos have not faired well in Mile High having a 24th ranked offensive DVOA and 23rd defensive DVOA at home this year. Everyone and their mothers will be betting the Broncos this week. About 70% of the best are on the Broncos and I will not fall for the trap and buy low on the Eagle’s this week to not only cover, but win OUTRIGHT! Fly Eagles Fly on the road to Victory!
Eagles 20 – Broncos 17
Best Bet: Eagles Money Line +120
Mark Drumheller (@x_drumheller):
The Eagles have done their best work on the road this season as they are 3-2 away from Philadelphia. They are back in the underdog role against the 5-4 Broncos. It’s interesting to see Philly taking money considering Denver has been favorites in 7 of 9 games while Philadelphia has been underdogs in 8 of 9. After a close loss to the Chargers, there is optimism that Nick Sirianni’s team is progressing, but I am not sure that bears out in the data.
The Eagles are still only 25th in net success rate and that’s not all on the defense. Sirianni’s offense will have success running against Denver, but there is going to come a point in the game where the offense has to make plays in the passing game and that’s where the gap widens between the two QB’s.
Bridgewater is the NFL’s 3rd best QB in CPOE while Hurts ranks a lowly 28th. Take into account that the Eagles are the only defense in the NFL that allows QB’s to average over a 75% completion percentage on the season. That fits Bridgewater like a glove as he is at his best when he can efficiently matriculate the ball down the field. Even with the Broncos injury issues at OL, I think they can utilize a short passing attack to mitigate any pass rush.
Broncos 27 – Eagles 19
The PI Brew (@thepibrew):
Okay, Okay. So maybe Nick Sirianni and the Eagles have learned a few things over the last couple of weeks. It finally looks like they’re starting to run the ball consistently and that’s a great thing. They lost a heartbreaker to the Chargers at home last weekend, but things don’t get any easier for the Birds as they travel to Denver this Sunday. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that they’ll continue to run the ball at a better run/pass ratio like they’ve been doing recently. Still, this is a tough matchup for them. I’m looking at a sloppy, defensive minded game with Denver pulling out a W in a fairly competitive game. The Eagles will fight til’ the end, but they will fall short.
Broncos 24 – Eagles 18
Best Bet: This game will irritate the hell out of me
Sean Brace (@Sean_Brace):
After last weeks perfect prediction, I must follow up with another winner. It’s what the people want. Denver went to Dallas & smashed a rusty Cowboys offense to a pulp. Denver’s defense, even without Von Miller, is still a top 5ish defense. I don’t have a good vibe about this game & think the Eagles get blown out.
Denver 31 – Eagles 13
Dont worry though, Howie has the next QB in his sights!