Eagles' odds to win weak NFC East still decent

Eagles' odds to win weak NFC East still decent

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November 2, 2013, 9:00 am
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The Eagles are listed at 4/1 to win the NFC East but 100/1 odds to win the Super Bowl. (AP)

Maybe DeSean Jackson was right. A few days ago, the speedy wide receiver talked about something you wouldn’t expect -- not after the Eagles lost to the Giants and fell to 3-5.

“The message, regardless of our record, we still have a good chance of winning the division in our eyes,” Jackson said (see story). “That’s what we’re going to stick with and continue to just come out here and still work.”

Winning the division sounded like a pretty lofty goal considering the Eagles had lost two straight to NFC East opponents. Not to mention that the offense mustered just three combined points against the Cowboys and Giants at home.

According to Bovada, however, the possibility of the Eagles winning the division isn’t as implausible as their recent on-field performances might suggest. The Eagles are 2-2 in the NFC East, which puts them one game behind the Cowboys for first place.

That’s good enough for the Las Vegas oddsmakers to list the Eagles at 4/1 to win the division. That’s the second-best odds in the NFC East. The Cowboys (4/9) have the best chance, according to Bovada, to claim the NFC East crown. Washington (6/1) and New York (9/1) were installed third and fourth, respectively.

It should be noted that the odds of the Eagles winning the Super Bowl went from 66/1 before the Giants game to 100/1 thereafter. But while the Eagles have struggled of late, Chip Kelly said that Jackson and the rest of the team don’t lack for confidence.

“The one thing about this group, I think, is they have a great attitude every single day they’re in this building,” Kelly said. “We talk about that all the time. That’s your choice. It takes the same amount of time to be miserable as it does to be happy, and you chose what you’re going to do.

“These guys, the group we have here, they love playing. They love being out here. They understand, to win, you have to win during the week. You don’t just win on Sunday. You don’t just show up on Sunday and hope that good things happen. There’s a certain amount of work we have to get in. There’s a certain rhythm. They’ve been really good from that standpoint.”

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