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Eagles Patriots Betting Tips - Eagles And Patriots Will Both Look For Help On Offense

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/16/2012 6:42:09 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles need to get a good outing from a backup quarterback this week. The New England Patriots would like their offense to score more than seven points in a game.

Philadelphia Eagles @ New England Patriots – Monday, August 20    
Sport betting line: No line

Why Philadelphia Will Win

When football betting gurus break down this game, they're not going to ignore the disparity in first-team quality. They know that New England's first string is better than Philadelphia's first string. However, a game is four quarters long, and in light of the fact that Philadelphia scored 24 points (thanks to its backups) in the second half of last week's win against Pittsburgh, the Eagles might back-door their way into a win here. Moreover, New England's offense, which is excellent, is clearly taking it easy this postseason.

The Patriots scored just seven points against the New Orleans Saints in their exhibition opener and are pacing themselves for the regular season. Philadelphia is in position to jump up and grab this game because of the differences between the second-stringers, not the first stringers. This is part of the calculus of preseason football; it might not be sexy or alluring, but it's part of the deal. The Eagles are also a team that's trying to play for its head coach, Andy Reid, who lost his son, Garrett, a few weeks ago.

Why New England Will Win

Even if you don't care for online casino games, you should know that you are rolling the dice whenever you bet on a team quarterbacked by Michael Vick. No, this is not true for behavioral reasons; Vick has cleaned up his act since his involvement with a dogfighting ring a few years ago. No, the problem with Vick the past year has been his brittle body. Vick is a great physical specimen and an exhibitor of world-class speed, but his body is rangy and therefore vulnerable to a physical pounding from beefy linemen and chiseled linebackers. This frailty once again emerged last week in the Eagles' season opener, as Vick got injured in a game against the notoriously aggressive Pittsburgh Steelers.

With Vick out, it is going to be that much more difficult for Philadelphia to score. Moreover, since New England's defense was the overwhelming Achilles heel for the team in 2011, head coach Bill Belichick will want to get maximum effort from every job-hungry player. This effort was apparent last week, when New England surrendered just six points to the New Orleans Saints in a preseason opener. The Patriots are going to treat this game with a great deal of intensity, and that should make the difference for them on their home turf in Foxborough, Mass.

Who Will Win

It’s quite possible that Philadelphia will steal another preseason win after getting worked in the first half, but then again, the New England defense – no matter who is on the field – is going to play hard for four quarters. The Patriots will prevail.

NFL Football Betting Pick: New England


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