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Broncos vs Eagles betting odds – Eagles will force Broncos out of the playoffs

Posted by Stan Simmons on 12/22/2009 9:28:52 AM

NFL Odds: Pick Eagles -7

NFL bettingThe Broncos vs Eagles betting odds is an interconference matchup with playoff implications for both teams. The Eagles have punched their ticket to the postseason but they need to keep winning if they want to hold on to their cushy No. 3 seed. Meanwhile, online betting cappers know that the Broncos are being chased by as many as seven teams in the AFC and a loss would surely bump them out of their Wild Card spot. Considering how they played last week at home to lowly Oakland, a loss in Philadelphia is all but a sure thing.

Sportsbook Odds: Dolphins -7, O/U: 41.5

Philadelphia Eagles VS Denver Broncos betting odds: Dolphins -7
WHAT: NFL betting
WHEN: Sunday, December 27, 2009 01:00 pm ET
WHERE: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA
PICK: Eagles -7

What’s On The Line?
The Broncos are at 8-6 and have a horde of teams behind them at 7-7, which means wins in the last two weeks are critical. If they win out, they are going to the playoffs but if they lose one, then we start opening the tome of tiebreakers.

For Philadelphia, they are going to the playoffs – it’s just a matter of which seed they will be. If they keep on winning, they’ll be the No. 3 seed and have home field advantage at least in the first round. If not, the Eagles could fall as far as sixth and have to travel on the road through the entire playoffs.

Offensive Matchups: Broncos vs Eagles betting odds
The Broncos offense completely disappeared last week at home to Oakland, which is an ominous sign now that they are on the road in Philadelphia. Last week against Oakland, eight of their 12 drives lasted five plays or less, the running game produced 3.3 yards per carry and quarterback Kyle Orton was just 19-of-34 passing. Clearly, Orton is not the answer and if it wasn’t evident last week, it will be in a tough road game in Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, the Eagles offense is scolding hot right now. Philly has scored at least 23 points in six straight games and they have averaged 30 points per game in that stretch. Very quietly, the offense has led them to five straight wins and the Donovan McNabb to DeSean Jackson combo is about as hot as it gets right. Considering what the Raiders second, third and fourth string quarterbacks did to Denver last week, the Eagles should be salivating.

Betting Edge: Eagles

Defensive Matchups: Broncos vs Eagles betting odds
NFL betting fans have to be wondering what has happened to Ted Nolan’s defense. The unit that barely gave up in second half points in their first six games has been picked apart in recent weeks. Last week, they allowed Charlie Frye/JaMarcus Russell/J.P. Losman – the Raiders used all three quarterbacks on the final drive – to march down the field and score a game-winning touchdown. The pass rush is non-existent, the run defense was carved up for 241 rushing yards and the secondary failed at the most critical time. The only thing going for them is that the Eagles don’t run the ball so much so they may not expose the run defense as much as the Raiders did last week.

Philadelphia defense has been playing much better of late and they should like their chances this week. They have the secondary to blanket Brandon Marshall and clearly for Denver, there are virtually no other threats in the passing game. Since their running game has also been off, the Eagles should have plenty of opportunity to tee off on Kyle Orton with their blitzes. He’s very mistake-prone when he is pressured.

Betting Edge: Eagles

Notable Injuries: Broncos vs Eagles betting odds
Both teams are in good shape for this game.

Betting Edge: Even

Over/Under Picks: Broncos vs Eagles betting odds
One has to believe that the Broncos come up with a much better defensive effort after last week, which should slow the Eagles down a little bit. Meanwhile, the Eagles are at home and have a very good defense that should keep the conservative Broncos offense under wraps. Under appears to be the way to go.

Pick: Under 41.5

Outlook and Pick: Broncos vs Eagles betting
Common sense suggests that the Broncos play better this week than they did last week but they just aren’t a very good team overall. The Broncos are very limited on offense when they can’t run the ball, they don’t have secondary options other than Brandon Marshall and the defense is starting to crack.

Combine that with a matchup against a hot Eagles squad and you should have a Philly win and cover

STAN'S PICK: Eagles -7

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