Eagles news: Opening odds for Divisional Round, Britain Covey’s other side

Kenneth Gainwell #14, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Kenneth Gainwell #14, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Eagles‘ Divisional Round matchup is set. The opponent is familiar. The New York Giants‘ 31-24 upset win at U.S. Bank Stadium versus the Minnesota Vikings punched their ticket to the Divisional Round. They meet Philly for the third time in less than two months. They meet for the second time at Lincoln Financial Field since January 15th.

It kind of makes sense now why the Birds’ coaching staff went with a vanilla scheme both offensively and defensively, doesn’t it? It’s hard to beat a division rival. It’s especially hard to accomplish that feat twice, so if Philly is to craft a perfect 3-0 record versus their long-time rivals, they’ll no doubt need to be at their best.

More Eagles news: The first Eagles versus Giants line favors the home team.

We haven’t seen Philly’s best in a while. Everyone still believes, however, the bye week did them some good. Early signs indicate the oddsmakers expect an Eagles victory.

FanDuel released a 7.5-point spread favoring Philadelphia on Sunday night. We’ll have to wait and see if that line moves any between now and next weekend.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

Even more Eagles news: Britain Covey opens up recently while speaking with NBC Sports Philly.

If you’ve been hanging out with Inside The Iggles for a while, you know we’re a sucker for feel-good stories. NBC Sports Philly’s Dave Zangaro did a great job of delivering one recently.

He inked a nice write-up detailing some of his conversation with wide receiver/returner Britain Covey. The rookie’s grandfather, Steven R. Covey, wrote several self-help books. His most successful, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, has sold 40 million copies worldwide.

Here’s a quote from Covey about when he became aware of his grandfather’s influence.

"I remember the first time I really realized who he was, was when I took a trip to Europe. I was like 12 years old. And probably six or seven different times someone would see my last name, whether it was when we were checking into the hotel or cab driver or something and they would see the name Covey and they’d say, ‘Like the author?’ And we were out in Germany and London and Paris and then I realized, ‘Oh wow, my grandpa made a big impact on a lot of people.’ But everything he taught and wrote, he was."

Covey also detailed firesides, where his family would gather and listen to Steven’s teachings along with his thoughts on the principles he’s picked up from him while getting to know him during his “post-life”.

This one is a nice read if you have a moment. Zangaro delivers the goods as always. It’s always nice to see who these guys are without the pads because, trust us on this one, we’ll be talking about Eagles/Giants from now until the next weekend.

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