- Eagles’ playoff hopes back in Foles’ hands following injury to Carson Wentz
- NFC East rival Giants and Redskins emerging as strong candidates to land Foles
- Bortles’ unexpected departure creates opening under center with volatile Jaguars
Quarterback Nick Foles delivered a strong performance in his first start since Week 2, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to an impressive 30-23 upset win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football to keep the team in the thick of the NFL playoff race.
With Foles set to lead the Eagles on an unexpected run back to the playoffs, the Eagles have rocketed from a distant +9300 to +5600 on the Super Bowl odds.
But with Foles also expected to part ways with the Eagles following this season, the New York Giants have emerged as the favorites to have the 29-year-old veteran in their lineup for Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season, sporting +210 odds on the NFL specials at Bovada.
Odds What Team Nick Foles Plays for Week 1 of 2019 Season
|Team||Odds What Team Nick Foles Plays for Week 1 of 2019 Season at Bovada|
|New York Giants||+210|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+700|
*Odds taken 12/20
Eagles Committed to Wentz Despite Foles’ Playoff Heroics
Foles consistently silenced critics after taking over the Philadelphia offense last December following a season-ending injury to franchise quarterback Carson Wentz.
With Foles under center, the Eagles defied the odds during the NFL playoffs, posting a trio of upset victories, capped by their 41-33 win over New England as 4.5-point underdogs in Super Bowl 52.
— Courier-Post (@cpsj) December 12, 2018
However, with the Eagles expected to remain committed to Wentz, the team is unlikely to exercise their option on Foles for 2019 that would earn the seven-year veteran a tidy $20 million.
Manning’s Decline, Hefty Contract Leave Giants with Hard Decisions
The Giants have turned things around since opening the campaign on a dismal 1-7 SU run, with Eli Manning leading the team to wins in four of their past six.
Manning will soon turn 38, and is signed with New York for one more season at a hefty $23.2 million
However, it has been a less than stellar campaign for the two-time Super Bowl winning pivot, who has become a lightning rod for criticism during the Giants’ fifth losing season in six years.
Giants can't let fear of 'QB hell' stop them from considering all options for future https://t.co/SKlWndv1Mq
— Big Blue United (@BigBlueUnited) December 18, 2018
With Manning soon turning 38, and signed for one more season at a hefty $23.2 million, New York could elect to save money and cap space by cutting the former first-overall pick during the offseason, in turn opening the door for Foles to make the move to the Big Apple.
Redskins Face Desperate Need Following Injury to Smith
The Giants are not the only NFC East rival that could have interest in the Eagles’ Super Bowl MVP.
With the playing future of Alex Smith in doubt after suffering gruesome leg injury, the Washington Redskins are likely to be in the market for help under center, sitting alongside the Jacksonville Jaguars as a +400 wager to land Foles.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 16, 2018
The Redskins have quickly played their way out of the playoff picture since losing Smith, averaging just 17 points per game during a 2-5 SU run that leaves them deadlocked with Philadelphia at 7-7.
Are Wholesale Changes in Store in Jacksonville
Wholesale changes could be in store for the Jaguars, who have made a stunning fall from grace after an impressive 2017 campaign that closed with a trip to the AFC championship game.
Blake Bortles has already been relieved of his duties as starting quarterback, while Doug Marrone is currently pegged as a short +160 bet to not return to Jacksonville next season as head coach.
— Daniel Coyle (@thepopgun) December 20, 2018
Winston on Thin Ice in Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should not be overlooked as a potential destination for Foles in 2019.
Jameis Winston is a lost cause. What should the Bucs do now? https://t.co/NoVXC94mNz
— ULTIMATE FOOTBALL U. (@ULTFOOTBALLUNIV) October 30, 2018
Jameis Winston has failed to return to the impressive form that marked his first two NFL seasons.
He has tossed 13 interceptions against 14 touchdowns while leading the Bucs to just three wins in nine appearances since returning from a season-opening suspension that failed to gain him any support in Tampa Bay.
Speculation has arisen that the Buccaneers may decide to cut Winston rather than pay him $20.9 million in 2019.
Odds Nick Foles Starts for an NFL Team Game 1 of 2019 NFL Season
|Will Nick Foles be the Starting QB for an NFL Team for Game 1 of the 2019 NFL Season?||Odds at Bovada|
Regardless of where Foles lands, if he can continue the solid play that has marked his second tour of duty in Philadelphia, he appears poised to pay out on short -220 odds of opening the 2019 season as a starting quarterback somewhere in the NFL.