Not many people thought Week 4 would be “must-win” game for the Philadelphia Eagles. They went into the season as one of the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
But don’t forget…an alternate meaning of the acronym, NFL means “not for long.”
A Week 2 loss in Atlanta decimated the Eagles roster with injuries. They went into Week 3 as 6.5 favorites against the Lions and lost 27-24 due to sloppy play.
The Eagles don’t have time much time to heal, get their offense in sync, or develop a pass rush. They visit Green Bay on Thursday night.
Early lines have the Eagles between a 4.5 to 5.5 point underdogs.
PA odds for Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers
Here is a look at the available NFL point spreads, moneylines, and totals for Pennsylvania sports bettors at SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetRivers Sports Book, Fox Bet, and FanDuel. (Last updated Sept. 26):
Packers present various problems for Eagles
The Green Bay Packers are 3-0 after beating the Denver Broncos 27-16. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 235 yards and a touchdown. He credited the offensive line, which did not surrender any sacks.
The Eagles pass rush did not sack, or even so much sniff Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. With tons of time, Stafford was only threw for 201 yards and one touchdown for a quarterback rating of 58.1.
The Eagles defense cannot expect the same from Rodgers. The Packers point total has climbed in each of their first three games (10, 21, 27). But it’s their defense that is proving to be their greatest strength. The Packers D is ranked second in the league with 11.7 ppg surrendered.
Packers betting numbers to know
In the Rodgers era, the Packers are 49-30-3 against the spread as home favorites. The Pack are 3-0 ATS so far this season. Here are some other numbers about the Packers:
- 5-1 ATS in its last six games when playing Philadelphia
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the NFC
- 5-1 ATS in their last six games played in September
Rogers is 4-0 in games he’s started against the Eagles. He hasn’t thrown an interception against the Birds since 2010.
Eagles dealing with injuries and underdog role
You don’t need a sportsbook or a Svengali to tell you this a tough game for the Eagles.
Injuries to defensive lineman Malik Jackson and Tim Jernigan put extra attention on Fletcher Cox. The four-time All-Pro Cox is coming off an offseason foot surgery. He has three tackles and no sacks so far this season. For reference, quarterback Carson Wentz has two tackles.
The secondary hasn’t been without its flaws. Now, cornerback Ronald Darby is expected to miss a few games with a hamstring injury.
DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffrey and Dallas Goeddert — potent playmakers who were supposed to make the offense explosive — have been sidelined. Jeffery appears as though he will play Thursday.
However, don’t forget that the Eagles thrive on the role of “underdogs.”
Eagles betting numbers to know
Philadelphia is 1-5 straight up in its last six games against Green Bay. Here are some other numbers about the Eagles ATS:
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a straight up loss
- 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 4
- 0-6 ATS in their last six games in September
An interesting under
The over/under for the Eagles vs. Packers is currently 45. The under is 4-0 in Philadelphia’s last four road games.