The last 1-4 team to make the NFL playoffs was the 2002 New York Jets but oddsmakers hold out some hope - and offering odds on it happening - that the Philadelphia Eagles will do it in 2011. The Eagles have struggled with tackling on defense and with turnovers on offense. The result has been a predictable losing skid and a 1-4 record.
But does 1-4 doom them to missing the playoffs, as it has done with every other 1-4 team since 2002? The NFL odds say definitely, maybe. "It's a long shot and Bodog has posted the 'yes' answer as a +275 moneyline underdog position (wager $100 and win $275 profit)," said Mike Pickett of OddsShark.com. "But look at the NFC East - there are no dominant teams and if Philly wins in Washington Sunday, they are right in the mix."
Indeed, a Washington loss (and they are 2-9 SU at home against the Eagles the past 11 seasons) leaves them at 3-2 and leading the division. It could be a season where 9-7 or even 8-8 means a playoff spot.
The road trend favors the Eagles in this one but the Redskins have had an extra week of rest coming off their bye. The Eagles head to a bye in Week 7 and they will be hungry to not hit it at 1-5.
However, in pre-bye weeks, the Eagles have struggled to make money for bettors, going 3-8 ATS in their past 11 seasons.
So to say the Eagles could never make the playoffs after a 1-4 start is dangerous, just like many other never say never trends in Week 6 NFL wagering circles. Check out the latest trends and see live Week 6 NFL odds and matchup reports on every game here at Odds Shark.
CAR +4 @ ATL -4 1:00 PM Georgia Dome | Matchup Report
Panthers 3-10-2 ATS in 15 recent trips to Atlanta
Carolina lost 13 in a row as dog, but covered the past three
Panthers lost 7 in a row within the NFC South
SF +4 @ DET -4 1:00 PM Ford Field | Matchup Report
49ers beat Lions seven straight since 1996, 12-1 SU since 1987
Past 7 meetings are 6-0-1 favoring the UNDER
Detroit is 9-0-1 ATS past 10 games overall
IND +8 @ CIN -8 1:00 PM Paul Brown Stadium | Matchup Report
Indianapolis has won seven straight vs Bengals
Bengals are just 2-12 ATS in their past 14 games as a favorite
Colts 7-1 SU past 8 visits to Ciincy
JAC +13.5 @ PIT -13.5 1:00 PM Heinz Field | Matchup Report
Jags are 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS in their past 6 trips to Pitt
Jags 0-5 ATS past five games as a dog of 9 or more points
PHI EV @ WAS EV 1:00 PM FedExField | Matchup Report
Eagles 9-2 SU in their past 11 trips to Washington
Eagles 3-8 ATS in the past 11 seasons before their bye week
Redskins come off bye week
STL +15.5 @ GB -15.5 1:00 PM Lambeau Field | Matchup Report
Rams have covered four straight post-bye week games
Packers 11-3 ATS in their past 14 games as chalk
Rams 1-17 SU in 18 games as dog of 9 points or more
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