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Philadelphia Eagles Betting Tips – Eagles Improve in 2012

Posted by Tony Bryant on 7/12/2012 4:13:30 PM

Head Coach: Andy Reid
Offensive Coordinator: Marty Mornhinweg
Defensive Coordinator: Juan Castillo 
Owner: Jeffrey Lurie
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field 
Capacity: 69,144
Super Bowl Wins: None

Offense

The sports betting experts in Philadelphia are certainly not lamenting the loss of Eagles' backup quarterback Vince Young to the Buffalo Bills, but that is just one change that leads to some interesting questions. Michael Vick did not have great protection last year and wound up injured for a great portion of the season. Sometimes he played through it, sometimes he could not. If Vick gets hurt in 2012, the Eagles may have to turn to backup Trent Edwards who, ironically enough, started his career in Buffalo.

But aside from the questions raised about Michael Vick's potential health issues, the Philadelphia offense is pretty solid. The offensive line made a couple of upgrades through free agency and the draft, which will help. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson is signed to a new contract and running back LeSean McCoy is healthy. There is some decent talent on this Philadelphia offense that should be enough to propel the team towards the top of the NFC East.

Grade: B+

Defense

Last season, the sports book experts remember the fuss that the Eagles made about signing former Raiders defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha. When the Eagles brought in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to play the defensive field, everyone thought that the Eagles were all set on defense. While Philadelphia does possess a great pass rush, it was lacking at linebacker and safety. Teams were finding it much easier to battle the Eagles up the middle than trying to stay to the outside.
Once again, the Eagles were aware of the issue and made some changes to solidify its linebacking corps and the safeties. The only problem that Philadelphia will have this season is the same problem it had last year in that there are a lot of new defensive players coming to the team that have not played together before. But there is a decent core in place that should be able to shore up the defense and help the embattled Eagles' offense to stay off the field for a little longer.

Grade: B-

Special Teams

The betting websites do not see the Eagles making any changes at place kicker or punter. Kicker Alex Henery went 24 for 27 with a long of 51 yards. He is reliable and accurate. He also had 32 touchbacks last season on kickoffs and had a return yards average of only 23 yards per kick.

For some reason, the Eagles drafted a punter in the 2012 NFL draft. Current punter Chas Henry had 66 punts with no touchdowns against him in 2011. It will be interesting to see if the Eagles really feel like they have an upgrade at punter with their new draft pick, or if Philly was just using a draft pick to check out its options.

Grade: A

Prediction

The Eagles should be a better team in 2012 than it was in 2011 and a lot of that has to do with the baptism by fire that the players had last season. The new players will take some time to fit in to the Philadelphia system, but Andy Reid is an excellent coach for bringing together new players. If the Eagles can keep Michael Vick healthy this season, then this team should compete for the NFC East title and finish the season with a 10-6 record.

2012 Schedule

Week 1 – at Cleveland Browns (1:00 PM ET)
Week 2 – vs. Baltimore Ravens (1:00 PM ET)
Week 3 – at Arizona Cardinals (4:05 PM ET)
Week 4 – vs. New York Giants (8:20 PM ET)
Week 5 – at Pittsburgh Steelers (1:00 PM ET)
Week 6 – vs. Detroit Lions (1:00 PM ET)
Week 8 – vs. Atlanta Falcons (1:00 PM ET)
Week 9 – at New Orleans Saints (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Week 10 – vs. Dallas Cowboys (4:25 PM ET)
Week 11 – at Washington Redskins (1:00 PM ET)
Week 12 – vs. Carolina Panthers (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Week 13 – at Dallas Cowboys (8:20 PM ET)
Week 14 – at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1:00 PM ET)
Week 15 – vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Thursday, 8:20 PM ET)
Week 16 – vs. Washington Redskins (1:00 PM ET)
Week 17 – at New York Giants (1:00 PM ET)


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