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Philadelphia Eagles 2019-20 NFL Postseason - Odds and Predictions

Written by: Mike Lukas
Updated October 14, 2022
6 min read

One look at their depth chart and there is no doubt, this Eagles team is excellent on both sides of the ball, especially the man starting under center, Carson Wentz, who has exceptional talent and a high football IQ but who does have a habit of getting hurt and missing games, especially postseason ones.

Now Wentz will have to prove he can stay healthy through Week 16 and beyond, especially without Nick Foles on the roster to back him up, but it helps that he now has veteran deep threat receiver Desean Jackson to throw to plus hard-hitting running back Jordan Howard and rookie running back Miles Sanders acting as solid go to’s out of the backfield.

General manager Howie Roseman has also improved the Eagles’ defense, ranked tenth last season, so if the team can stay healthy (talking to you again, Carson Wentz), count on the Eagles to make a postseason run in 2019, and here we take a look at the odds and predictions of that happening.

The 2019 Philadelphia Eagles are:

  • Owner: Jeffrey Lurie
  • General Manager: Howie Roseman (De facto GM since 2016)
  • Head Coach: Doug Pederson (Hired January 2016)
  • Offensive Coordinator: Mike Groh (Hired January 2018)
  • Defensive Coordinator: Jim Schwartz (Hired January 2016)
  • Quarterback: Carson Wentz (4th NFL season, all with the Eagles)
  • Offensive Stars: Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and running back Jordan Howard
  • Defensive Stars: Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and linebacker Nigel Bradham

2018 Franchise Records:

  • Overall 9-7-0
  • Home: 5-3-0
  • Road: 4-4-0
  • Divisional: 4-2-0

2019-20 Schedule: 26th toughest

Week 1 Matchup: vs. Washington Redskins @ home

How did the Philadelphia Eagles do in 2018?

To most NFL teams, what the Philadelphia Eagles did in 2018 – make it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs off a 9-7 record – would be enviable, but not so for the defending Super Bowl Champions, who were hoping for another miracle finish to a season marred by injury.

The biggest injury being to quarterback Carson Wentz, who, for the second season in a row couldn’t finish the year out, this time because of his back, though his tenth-ranked defense kept the team in most games, as did backup quarterback Nick Foles.

After a shaky 4-6 start (including having to travel all the way to London, England for one of those wins), the Eagles finished off the season on a 5-1 tear that earned them their postseason spot, but their 2018 season ended prematurely after the New Orleans Saints defeated them in the second round (Divisional) of the playoffs by a score of 20-14.

What major offseason moves happened in Philadelphia?

General manager Roseman got busy this offseason and added depth to all three phases of the game, greatly improving his already impressive roster.

Five of the bigger free agency moves were signing running back Jordan Howard, receivers Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery, strong safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive tackle Malik Jackson.

Several important Eagles players had their contracts extended (Brandon Graham, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumoal) or restructured (Jason Peters).

Roseman used the draft to add depth to the wide receiver room with J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, the running backs room with Miles Sanders, who will also receive kicks, and the offensive line with left tackle Andre Dillard.

The biggest loss was productive edge rusher Michael Bennett, who was traded to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick, which was essentially what they gave up for him a year ago.

How was the Eagles’ offense improved?

With Desean Jackson as the deep threat and Alshon Jeffery now lining up with Nelson Agholor, Wentz has three talented receivers (four with rookie Arcega-Whiteside) to balance off each other, and he definitely has the ability and talent to find the open man.

Add to that the (arguably) best tight end in the league, Zach Ertz, and a healthy Wentz will have a whole slew of X, Y and Z targets to choose from, and he has proven in the past that he is extremely capable of getting the job done with even less.

The offensive line was kept strong by re-signing center Kelce and made stronger by signing two talented free agents, tackle Jason Peters and guard Brandon Brooks, who will get to make big holes for new running backs Jordan Howard and rookie Miles Sanders, improving a weak rushing attack ranked just 28th last season.

How was the Eagles’ defense improved?

There are a lot of new faces lining up on defense for the Eagles in 2019 at all three levels, starting with defensive tackle Malik Jackson and defensive end Brandon Graham, who had a combined 7.5 sacks for other teams last season.

In the midfield are all newly signed linebackers, Kamu Gugier-Hill, Nigel Bradham and Zach Brown, who were brought in to help improve the Eagles’ pass defense, ranked a miserable 30th by the end of last season.

Roseman even added new starters to the Eagles’ secondary, signing cornerback Ronald Darby and safeties Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins to help out cornerback Avonte Maddox, who was part of the defense last season that intercepted just 10 total passes, which ranked 25th in the league.

How were the Eagles special teams improved?

Despite the fact that the Eagles special teams ranked 19th in kick returns last season and 23rd in punt returns, Roseman has plugged in the same punt returner and a rookie kick returner this season to somehow fix that.

Newly re-signed running back Darren Sproles (one-year deal) will return punts, which he did last season for the Eagles, returning ten of them for 83 yards, his longest being for 14 yards.

Rookie running back Miles Sanders will return kicks in 2019, which he did for Penn State his first two seasons there, returning 38 kicks for 764 yards, averaging 20.1 yards per return, his longest a 48 yarder.

When was the last time the Eagles made the playoffs?

The Philadelphia Eagles have been to the postseason for the last two years, with a Super Bowl LII win over the New England Patriots (41-33) in 2017 and a Divisional Playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints (14-20) last season.

Since the Eagles’ franchise began in 1944, the team has been to the playoffs 26 times.

Besides their Lombardi Trophy win two seasons ago, the Eagles have been to the Super Bowl on two other occasions – a loss in Super Bowl XV to the Oakland Raiders (10-27) in 1980 under head coach Dick Vermeil and a loss in Super Bowl XXXIX to the New England Patriots (21-24) in 2004 under head coach Andy Reid.

Why WILL the Eagles make it to the postseason in 2019?

This was a talented team last season that has been greatly improved using free agency and the draft and even the oddsmakers are convinced they are about to have a terrific season.

All three facets of their game have been improved during the offseason, and with a deep threat receiver now in place plus a hard-hitting running back with fairly soft hands coming out of the backfield, the Eagles now have the talent to take their 14th ranked offense to the next level (or two).

The team’s already solid defense was also made better with two legitimate quarterback hunters added so given how much better this Philadelphia team has become, it’s going to be definite yes on the postseason for this franchise in 2019.

Why WON’T the Eagles make it to the postseason in 2019?

The biggest reason the Eagles will not make the playoffs this year is because their excellent quarterback, Carson Wentz, just can’t seem to stay healthy, so why wouldn’t it happen for the third season in a row?

That turned out to be not as big a deal as it should have been the last two seasons, but that’s only because backup quarterback Nick Foles was always right there to keep the team on a roll.

Now that Foles is starting in Jacksonville with his new football family and Wentz’s best current backup, Nate Sudfeld has just broken his wrist during a preseason game and will be out for much of the season.

Now there is only journeyman Cody Kessler and rookie Clayton Thorson to count on if Wentz goes down (and he most likely will), and neither of those two players has ever led a team to the playoffs.

To read more about Wentz’s injury history and his time with the Eagles, check out our prior coverage: Quarterback Carson Wentz’s 2019 Output With The Philadelphia Eagles – Odds and Predictions

What are the current odds and predictions for the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2019 NFL postseason?

According to the oddsmakers, the 2019-20 Philadelphia Eagles will win the NFC East and earn a spot in the playoffs for the third time in three seasons.

There are two teams more likely to win the NFC Championship (see below) and four teams with better odds of winning the next Super Bowl.

Now here are all of the odds and predictions of how the Eagles will fare during the 2019-20 NFL season with a brief analysis of each.

If you are in New Jersey you can bet on the Eagles postseason odds on 888Sport. Find the latest odds below. Good luck!

Will the Philadelphia Eagles make the NFL postseason in 2019?

Sportsbook YES NO Link
888Sport NJ -225 +180

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Analysis: This is a no-brainer bet, given the talent of the Eagles right now.

They made the postseason last year with a 9-7 record, so if Wentz can stay healthy, Philadelphia should do even better this season, given their upcoming schedule is ranked seventh easiest in the league.

Again, the big IF on this bet is whether Wentz can stay healthy, something he hasn’t done in the NFL since 2016, his rookie season.

Odds of the Eagles winning the NFC East

Sportsbook Eagles NFC East Win Eagles NFC East 2nd Eagles NFC East 3rd Eagles NFC East 4th Link
888Sport NJ -118 +165 +700 +1600

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Analysis: Over the last ten seasons, the Eagles have won the NFC East just three times and have come in second place five times.

Even last season, when they went fairly deep into the playoffs, they hadn’t won their division (the 10-6 Dallas Cowboys edged them out), and the Eagles had to sneak into the postseason as a 9-7 Wild Card team.

But oddsmakers believe that the Eagles’ productive offseason was enough to give them the edge this year and put them as the favorites over Dallas to win the NFC East, a fact that makes Eagles’ fans happy and Cowboys’ fans cringe.

Number of regular seasons Eagles games won

Sportsbook Over 11.5 Under 11.5 Link
888Sport NJ +175 -215

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Analysis: Three choices here, take your pick – this season will the Eagles go 12-4 or better, 11-5 or worse or 9-7 or worse?

The most reasonable answer, especially given the personnel the Eagles have recently accumulated, is 9-7 or 10-6, so you’d have to spend $335 to win $100 (plus your initial investment), not a very sensible bet for most gamblers.

Good luck on the extremes here – tough to see these Eagle going 12-4, but it’s possible with this easier schedule, much more possible than going .500 or worse – the last time that happened was back-to-back from 2015 to 2016 when the Eagles posted a 7-9 record both seasons.

Odds of the Eagles winning the NFC Championship:

Eagles NFC Championship Win  

Sportsbook NFC Championship Link
888Sport NJ +550

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Analysis: The Eagles have won the NFC Championship three times since 1944 (see above), and have come close plenty of times, as well.

There are just two NFC teams with better odds than the Eagles of winning the NFC Championship this season, and those are Jared Goff’s Los Angeles Rams and Drew Brees’ New Orleans Saints.

The key to making this bet work is, you guessed it, Wentz staying healthy, a theme that will haunt him until he lasts at least one season without going on the DL.

Odds of the Eagles winning Super Bowl LIV:

Eagles Super Bowl Win

Sportsbook NFL Championship Link
888Sport NJ +1300

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Analysis: Only four teams in the entire NFL have better odds of winning the next Super Bowl than the Eagles and that puts Philadelphia smack dab in the middle of the conversation.

They’ve done it before recently under the same head coach, Doug Pederson, and the same starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, though he has yet to play a postseason game for this franchise.

The Eagles will make a run for another Lombardi Trophy, for sure, and for a $100 bet you stand to win $1,300 (plus your original investment) if they do earn it, but the biggest gamble here is on whether you think Wentz can stay healthy enough (for once) to go the distance.

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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]

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