Philadelphia’s dream season turned into a nightmare after Week 1 and the Eagles haven’t yet woken up from the bad dream. Still, they are favored in the NFL Thursday nighter as they visit the Seattle Seahawks. Even with Michael Vick inactive, the Eagles are 3-point road favorites.
“The Eagles have been atrocious at home but remain a good bet on the road, even without Vick,” said Mike Picket of OddsShark.com. “And they have historically been a terrific road team in December for bettors.”
Indeed the Eagles are 9-1 SU, 8-2 ATS in their past 10 December road games, according to the NFL handicapping database at OddsShark.com. However the Seahawks have been a solid bet at home as well, going 10-5 ATS in 15 games. That angle plays into another interesting trend between these teams. Since 19998, the Eagles and Seahawks have met six times and the home team has never won.
Philadelphia clings to playoff contention, but they have to win five straight and hope for the Giants and Cowboys to play like stooges as well. For this reason, the Eagles should be the more motivated team here.
They also have the motivation of saving head coach Andy Reid’s job. Fans have started calling for Reid’s sacking and the players clearly love Reid. [ Eagles vs Seahawks matchup report ]
The game may come down to the running game, where the Eagles rank fifth in stopping the run. The Seahawks rank 28th in the league in rushing yardage at home.
Even in this tough season, the Seahawks continue to be profitable for backers, as their 6-3-1 ATS mark as an underdog.
For NFL bettors who don’t trust either team but are looking to bet on the over under Thursday, there is another strong trend at play. The OVER is 9-2 in the past 11 home games for the Seahawks. Given Philly’s high-powered offense and their low-powered defense, the total of 43 at Bodog could be eclipsed by halftime.