How Did Linesmakers Get Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams So Wrong?

The Los Angeles Rams got off to a hot start in 2018. One of the hottest starts in franchise history in fact. They began their campaign with a red-hot 8-game win streak before falling to the New Orleans Saints 45-35 in The Big Easy. In all, they headed into Sunday night’s match-up against the Philadelphia Eagles with an 11-2 record and sitting atop the NFC West and looking to steam roll the injured Eagles as they limped into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Eagles, on the other hand, have looked like a shell of their former selves. You know, the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles of 2017? Remember them? The team that upended Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and sent the dynasty to their grave. That team also had some setbacks. They ultimately lost their prized quarterback Carson Wentz to an ACL/MCL tear.

In December.

Forcing back up Nick Foles to start.

Against the Los Angeles Rams.

In Los Angeles.

Fast forward a year and 2018 has yielded nearly the same result, save for entering the game with a 10-2 record like they did in 2017. Quarterback Carson Wentz this time has suffered a fractured vertebra and may end up missing the rest of the season. So, Nick Foles was forced to take over again.

In December.

Against the Los Angeles Rams.

In Los Angeles.

Surely, the linesmakers and betting sites like 888 sport New Jersey would know better than to doubt Nick Foles, right? Even though the quarterback looked less than stellar in his outings to begin the year, he was still the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

Nope. Instead, some places had the Rams as high as a -13.5 point favorite. A double digit point spread in the National Football League is one of the biggest slaps in the face a team can take. Any time a double digit point spread is shown, I urge you to take a much closer look at the game. It is probably worth it to throw a little bit on the dog. You could end up wiping away your financial problems. And if the point spread is this high, imagine what the money line looks like (+500 in this case). A small amount on the underdog would have you feeling like a lottery winner.

The poor souls who bet on the Rams Sunday night felt the wrath of Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles went 24-31 for 270 yards and just one interception. While those numbers aren’t knee buckling, it should be noted that 30-23 victory marked only the second time all season the Eagle reached 30 points in a game. Alshon Jeffrey also became a wide receiver threat again, catching all eight of his targets for 170 yards.

The win brings the Eagles chances of making the playoffs up to 30%, but more importantly, it instills a feeling of confidence in the team as they enter the last two weeks of the season.

The Eagles play host to the Houston Texans in week 16 before ending their season in Washington on Decemeber 30. Wins in both of those matchups will almost assure the Eagles a spot in the playoffs.

The only question then is whether or not the linesmakers and sports books will respect Nick Foles.

Odds are, they will.

 

 

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