By Lewis Gould
The Eagles may be defending Super Bowl champs as they kick off the NFL season tonight at the Linc against the Falcons.
But don’t tell that to the betting public:
Entering the first week of the NFL regular season, a number of teams — including the Houston Texans and Los Angeles Chargers — had better odds to win the Super Bowl than the Eagles did!
This morning the Eagles were listed at 14-1 to win the Super Bowl at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
The New England Patriots, at 6-1, are the consensus favorite for a third straight season, with significantly better odds than the Eagles, who beat the Patriots in last season’s Super Bowl.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams are each 10-1, followed by the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chargers and Texans at 12-1.
At 14-1, the Eagles have the worst preseason odds for a defending Super Bowl champion since theBaltimore Ravens kicked off their title defense in 2013 at 30-1.
As of Tuesday, 10 teams had attracted more bets to win the Super Bowl at the Westgate than the Eagles, including the New York Giants.
Ed Malinowski, sportsbook director for Stratosphere in Las Vegas, described the betting interest on the Eagles at his shop as “middle of the road.” “There are a ton of teams that have a lot more action [than the Eagles],” Malinowski said.
That includes tonight’s opener:
The betting action has been lopsided on the underdog Falcons — even at the new sportsbooks in New Jersey that are just a few hours’ drive away from Philly.
At William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada and New Jersey, 78 percent of the money bet on the game was on Atlanta. FanDuel and DraftKings each reported at their New Jersey sportsbooks Tuesday that more than 80 percent of the money on the game was on the Falcons.
The line on Falcons-Eagles had shrunk as low as Philly minus-1 as of this morning. It had been as high as Eagles minus-5.5 this summer.