The NFL series between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets really comes down to a tale of two seasons. In preseason play, the Jets have won 12 of their last 16 games against the Eagles, including three of the last five games. The Jets and Eagles have met every season since 2001 and in the even-numbered years, Philly has won three straight, but overall, the Jets hold a 5-3 advantage. They've met 32 times in the last 33 preseasons, and the Eagles own a slight 9-8 edge at home over that span.
The NFL reaglar season, though, tells a completely different story. It's been all Eagles since Day 1. In their first-ever regular-season meeting on Dec. 9, 1973, the hometown Eagles edged the visiting Jets 24-23 and really, it's never been that close since. They've played 10 regular-season games against each other and the series stands 10-0 in favor of the Eagles. Philadelphia is winning the wagering war as well. The Eagles are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games against the Jets in NFL regular-season play.
Under And Out - When the Jets and Eagles clash in the preseason, the odds are that the score will be low. In three of last four Jets-Eagles preseason games, the total has gone under. The average total in their last two meetings was 23 points per game. At least one team has failed to get to 20 points on the scoreboard in seven of the last eight Eagles-Jets preseason games. In the last six Eagles-Jets exhibition tilts played at Philadelphia, the average total was 35.1 points per game.
Again, though, the regular season offers up a completely opposite version of events. The total has gone over in five of the last seven regular-season games between the Jets and Eagles. The average total in those seven games was 49.2 points per game. The average total for five regular-season games at Philadelphia between the Jets and Eagles is 41 points per game. Overall in regular-season and postseason play, the total has gone over in four of the Eagles' last seven games.
The Quick And The Dead - The Eagles are the reigning Super Bowl champions, 41-33 victors over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII for the first Super Bowl win in franchise history. The Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only NFL franchises to go 1-0 in Super Bowl play, but that one came a long time ago for the Jets. Their victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III leaves the Jets as the Super Bowl winner with the longest wait not only since they won the game, but to get back to the game.
Those realities are reflected in the odds of winning the next Super Bowl Bovada is offering in its Super Bowl LIII future book wager. The Eagles are the second betting choice at +900, behind only the Patriots (+650), and Philly is the +500 chalk to repeat as NFC champions. The Eagles are also listed as -165 favorites to retain the NFC East Division crown. From 2001-04, the Eagles won four straight NFC East crowns and played in four consecutive NFC Championship Games.
As for the Jets, they are the longest shot on the board to win Super Bowl LIII at whopping odds of +20000. You'll get odds of +7000 on the Jets winning the AFC Championship Game. And they are +1500 just to win the AFC East. Bovada puts the Eagles with a better chance of winning the Super Bowl than they give the Jets of winning their division. You can also play a Jets-Eagles Super Bowl LIII matchup wager at MyBookie if you dare. That bet will bring you odds of +20000.
Will Wentz Come Back Strongly? - Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was likely headed toward an NFL MVP award when his season was scuttled by a knee injury in a Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams. The Eagles carried on to capture the Super Bowl led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, but Wentz will be counted on to return strongly in 2018 and pick up where he left off, and it would appear that the online sportsbooks believe it will happen just that way.
Bovada has installed Wentz as their second betting choice to win the NFL MVP award this season at +700. If you want to hedge your bet, you can also play an MVP future book wager on Foles at +12500. Wentz is well down the list of contenders to lead the NFL in passing yardage, pegged in with a group of three other QBs as the co-13th betting options at +3300. But Wentz is Bovada's co-fifth choice in the betting line to lead the NFL in touchdown passes. Both he and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers are set at +900.
Catching Up - Eagles wideout Alshon Jeffery isn't being offered much chance at all to lead the NFL in receiving yardage this season, assigned odds of +8000 by Bovada. You can get the same odds on Robby Anderson of the Jets. If you want a different wager on Jeffery, BetOnline is offering a series of player performance prop bets on the Philly receiver. BetOnline has set the total of Jeffery's receiving yards at 875.5. Play the over on this wager at odds of -125, or go with the under at -105.
Jeffery's touchdown catches are pegged at a total of seven. Again, the over is worth -125 and the under is put at -105. Last season, Jeffery caught nine touchdown passes and went for 789 yards.
You Can Call Him Jay - One of the big moves the Eagles made last season was the mid-season addition of running back Jay Ajayi in a deal with the Miami Dolphns. BetOnline is offering a player performance prop wager on Ajayi's rushing yardage this season, establishing the total at 975.5 yards. The over will garner you odds of -130, while the under wager is valued at +100. Bovada pegs Ajayi at +4000 to be the NFL's leading rusher in 2018. For reference purposes, Ajayi ran for 873 yards last season, down from 1272 in 2016.