A BetMGM bettor has placed $4,000 on the Philadelphia Eagles to win this year’s Super Bowl at 125/1 odds. If second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts and rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith can lead their squad through the NFC and eventually hoist the Lombardi Trophy, he or she would take home $500,000.
Don’t count on it, though.
One thing Philadelphia does have going for it is being in a the weak division, one that didn’t have a club with a winning record in 2020.
Dallas has a terrible defense, RB Ezekiel Elliott had career-low numbers in his fifth season and there are questions about QB Dak Prescott’s health coming off that horrible ankle injury last year.
Washington has a formidable defense and perhaps the best front four in the NFL, but QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has never led a team to the postseason in his first 16 seasons in the NFL.
As for the Giants, QB Daniel Jones enters a do-or-die campaign with star RB Saquon Barkley returning from a torn ACL. Jones threw only 11 touchdown passes last season and the third-year Duke University product has committed 39 turnovers in two years.
Philadelphia has a plethora of question marks, too. The Eagles hired a first-time head coach (former Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni) and is off a 4-11-1 campaign. Four years after winning the Super Bowl, QBs Carson Wentz and Nick Foles are long gone.
We’re extremely bullish on Smith to enjoy a breakout rookie campaign. In fact, I said on the day of the 2021 NFL Draft that the two most likely Hall of Famers in this class were Smith and Atlanta rookie tight end Kyle Pitts (obviously leaving Trevor Lawrence and the other signal callers out in this QB-heavy class).
However, there’s a big difference between Smith being a perennial Pro-Bowler and leading his team to a Super Bowl as a rookie.