The New England Patriots travel to Lincoln Financial Field to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. It’s all part of the NFL Week 2 preseason schedule. The Patriots were victorious in their first preseason game, defeating the Washington Football Team 22-13. The Eagles, meanwhile, suffered a 24-16 setback against the Pittsburgh Steelers in their preseason opener. These teams last met during the 2019 regular season.
Kickoff from Lincoln Financial Field is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. New England is a one-point favorite in the latest Patriots vs. Eagles odds from Caesars Sportsbook, down a half-point from the opener, while the over-under for total points scored is 38. Before making any Eagles vs. Patriots picks, make sure to check out the expert NFL predictions from SportsLine’s Emory Hunt.
Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a player’s perspective.
Hunt has had plenty of success in games involving Philadelphia. He is 32-17-1 in his last 50 against-the-spread NFL picks involving the Eagles, returning more than $1,300 to $100 players. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Hunt has set his sights on Patriots vs. Eagles and just revealed his expert picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Now, here are several NFL odds and betting trends for Eagles vs. Patriots:
- Patriots vs. Eagles spread: Patriots -1
- Patriots vs. Eagles over-under: 38 points
- Patriots vs. Eagles moneyline: Patriots -120, Eagles +100
- NE: Patriots are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games as favorites
- PHI: Eagles are 5-0 against the spread in their last five contests as home underdogs
Why the Patriots can cover
If Rhamondre Stevenson’s debut is any indication, New England could have a dangerous one-two punch out of the backfield this year. Selected out of Oklahoma in the fourth round of this year’s draft, Stevenson had 10 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ preseason-opening victory over Washington last Thursday. The 23-year-old gained 665 yards on 101 rushes in six games for the Sooners in 2020 and was an option in the passing game, making 18 catches for 211 yards.
Stevenson may prove to be a complement to Damien Harris, who led the Patriots with 691 rushing yards in 10 games last season. The 24-year-old Harris ran for only two TDs in his first campaign as New England’s top running back after being taken in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He could have reached double-digits had quarterback Cam Newton (12 rushing TDs) not had his number called so many times on running plays from inside the five-yard-line.
Why the Eagles can cover
The Eagles made significant changes in the offseason, sending Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts and hiring Nick Sirianni as head coach. Quarterback Jalen Hurts is expected to open the season as Philadelphia’s starting quarterback and provides big-play ability every time he touches the ball. Hurts started the final four games last season, completing 51.9 percent of his throws for 6.9 yards per attempt. He also proved to be lethal with his legs, rushing for 272 yards and three scores on the ground during that span. Hurts figures to get playing time on Thursday night while he continues to implement Sirianni’s new offensive scheme.
Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco is also expected to get his shot to impress on Thursday against the Patriots. Last week against the Steelers, Flacco completed 10-of-17 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. A former Super Bowl MVP, Flacco knows how to decipher defensive schemes, which could help Philadelphia secure the victory on its home turf.
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Hunt is leaning Under on the point total, and he’s also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing that pick and the rest of his expert NFL analysis at SportsLine.
So who wins Patriots vs. Eagles? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Emory Hunt’s Eagles vs. Patriots pick and analysis, all from the NFL expert who’s 32-17-1 on picks involving Philadelphia, and find out.