Philadelphia Eagles fans may be surprised with the early Super Bowl LIV odds.
Well, ladies and gentlemen that is officially a wrap on the 2018 NFL season. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have regained the Lombardi Trophy for the sixth time in franchise history and are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most championships in the league. There is a long way to go before the 2019 campaign kicks off, but it is never too early to discuss the odds for Super Bowl LIV.
All 32 teams have a clean slate and theoretically have an equal opportunity to vie for the Lombardi Trophy. However, there are only a handful of teams who realistically have a shot to make the Super Bowl and win it all.
Unfortunately, for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Vegas oddsmakers don’t believe ‘The Birds’ are one of them. Online sportsbook’s, are giving the Eagles the 12th shortest odds at 20/1, according to OddsShark.
This is nothing new for the Eagles and their fanbase. Philly is accustomed to the role of the underdog. In fact, they thrive off of it. While some fans may believe Vegas is disregarding Philadelphia, the early 20/1 odds are reasonable considering the current state of the team.
How will the team look for next year?
Countless players are coming off significant injuries. The running back situation was a glaring concern last season. Jason Peters’ future is still uncertain. Numerous players are set to be free agents such as Brandon Graham, Jay Ajayi, Jordan Hicks, and Ronald Darby to name a few. Nick Foles is reportedly expected to be traded, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
However, we have seen what this team is capable of when at full strength. Carson Wentz is one of the premier young quarterbacks in the league. The great Michael Jordan once said, “ceiling is the roof” when referring to the University of North Carolina basketball team. The same sentiment could be echoed toward Wentz.
Additionally, the Eagles have already begun making impactful moves by restructuring safety Rodney McLeod’s contract allowing him to return for the 2019 season and dropping his base salary from $7.5 million to $1.5 million.
In an offseason where the Eagles are projected to have to the least amount of cap space, this deal opened up nearly $7.5 million for the Birds — giving the Eagles’ front office the opportunity to spend a little more to acquire certain players at desperately needed positions.
Could we see Philadelphia earn their trip to the big game for the second time in three years? The idea is very conceivable, but for now, the focus is on the personnel changes and getting everyone healthy. Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins, is set to be the host of Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.