Brent Celek scored one of four Eagles TDs in their 33-27 Week 1 win over Washington. (AP)
As of Sunday night, the Eagles were a 50-to-1 longshot to win the Super Bowl, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers Bovada.com.
One wild win over the Redskins later, the odds have improved to 28-to-1.
The Eagles made the biggest jump in Super Bowl odds after their 33-27 win over the Redskins Monday night at FedEx Field in Chip Kelly’s NFL head coaching debut.
At 50-to-1, only eight teams had longer odds before opening weekend to win Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford in February –- the Jaguars (300-to-1), Raiders (250-to-1), Browns, Titans and Bills (150-to-1), the Jets and Cards (125-to-1) and the Panthers (66-to-1).
Now, at 28-to-1, the Eagles are 12th out of 32 teams. Bovada’s Super Bowl favorites started out as and remain the Broncos (5-to-1) and 49ers (6-to-1).
Of the 16 teams that won in Week 1, nobody made a bigger jump in odds than the Eagles, and a Bovada spokesman said the Eagles will move into the top handful of favorites with a win over the Chargers on Sunday afternoon at the Linc.
“No team has seen a bigger drop in odds than the Philadelphia Eagles going from 50-1 to 28-1,” Bovada sports book manager Kevin Bradley said in a press release.
“And if they win as 7.5-point favorites at home to the Chargers this week, I see us moving those odds to under 20-1 and making them legit Super Bowl contenders.”
The Eagles haven’t reached the playoffs since 2010 and haven’t won a playoff game since 2008, but Kelly’s high-octane offense and the Eagles’ quick start Monday night on national TV have made the Eagles one of the NFL’s biggest stories.
Only twice in the last 20 years have the Eagles started out 2-0. In 2004, they went on to a 13-1 record and reached their first Super Bowl since 1980. Last year, they started out 2-0 but won just two more games.