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Making Sense of the Line: Eagles Will Open as Seven-Point Favorites

For the second consecutive week, Vegas bookmakers have had to wait to set a line for an Eagles game because of the uncertain availability of Michael Vick. But, much like last week, it’s becoming increasingly more apparent that Vick will play.

While not all Vegas sportsbooks have set a line for Sunday’s tilt with the 49ers, it appears the Eagles will open in most spots as a sevent-point favorite.

My initial reaction–what the Hell have the Eagles done to give seven-points to any team, let alone one with a winning record whose only loss came in heart-breaking fashion against the Cowboys?

The answer is nothing.

Still, the public will be all over what’s supposed to be an explosive Philadelphia team, a desperate squad coming off two miserable losses. The 49ers also employ Alex Smith at quarterback and Frank Gore has struggled to start the season, so the line makes some sense in that regard.

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