- Star quarterback’s four-year extension worth $128 million
- Philadelphia’s opening three games are against Washington, Atlanta and Detroit
- The Eagles finished second in the NFC East with a 9-7 record
The Philadelphia Eagles are all-in on Carson Wentz.
The 2017 Super Bowl champion Eagles locked up their star quarterback to a four-year extension through 2024 worth $128 million, with $107 of that in guaranteed money.
“Grateful for this opportunity and excited for the future!” Wentz posted on Twitter after the deal was announced.
Following the news of Wentz’s massive extension, sportsbooks swiftly moved in to adjust their line on Philadelphia’s NFL win totals for 2019.
Philadelphia Eagles 2019 Win Totals
|Philadelphia Eagles Regular Season Win Total||Odds at MyBookie|
|Under 10 Wins||-130|
|Over 10 wins||+100|
Odds taken: 06/08/19
MyBookie, in particular, moved the line from 9.5 to 10 with the over having a price of +100.
The line on the under is set at -130, not giving bettors much value to bet on this option.
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) June 6, 2019
It all comes down to Wentz’s health and whether the now 26-year-old quarterback can withstand the challenge of playing through an entire NFL regular season schedule. We know what Wentz is capable of — the star pivot showed that in 2017 when he led the Eagles to an 11-1 record before suffering a season-ending knee injury. That same year, Wentz posted 3,296 passing yards with 33 touchdowns before going down.
Wentz is one of only four quarterbacks to post a 100-plus passer rating in the last two seasons. He also ranked in the top 10 in completion percentage, passing yards per game and passer rating in the 2018 regular season.
However, Wentz was once again forced to the sidelines when it mattered most, suffering a back injury prior to the post-season.
Just like the Eagles rolled the dice on Wentz’s latest contract extension, bettors will have to do the same in order to take the over for total wins.
The Eagles finished second in the NFC East with a 9-7 record a year ago, but a healthy Wentz and a favorable schedule – games against Washington, Atlanta and Detroit to start the year – changes the perspective going into the season.
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— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) June 6, 2019
Bodog, Bovada still have line at 9.5
Bodog and Bovada are offering slightly better odds for taking the under, as the line at both sportsbooks is 9.5. While the over is -155, bettors will realize — and may want to jump on — the +125 odds on taking the under.
The closer we get to the NFL regular season and the healthier Wentz gets, that line is sure to alter closer to the 10 range.
In years past, having the security blanket of backup quarterback Nick Foles wouldn’t change the line drastically.
However, Foles’s departure to the Jacksonville Jaguars makes taking MyBookie’s over odds that much riskier should Wentz go down to injury yet again. That would put the ball in the hands of backup Nate Sudfeld, who has three career games under his belt.
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