New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles – NFL Preseason Week 2 Picks and Predictions
NFL Preseason Week 2 Picks and Predictions on this Thursday August 19, 2021 football game between the New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL Game Preview and Odds:
This Patriots vs Eagles game kicks off at 7:30pm et at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly.
The DraftKings NFL odds have the Patriots listed as a -125 money line favorite and as a -1.5 point favorite against the spread. The over/under is currently at 38.5 total points.
The NFL betting public is loving the Patriots as road favorites and currently have 75% of their money behind them.
New England Patriots:
New England comes into this game after getting the 22-13 preseason week 1 win against Washington. Mac Jones, Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer combined for 19 out of 30 completions for 150 total yards.
The real star of the game was 4th round draft pick from Oklahoma, the rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson. Stevenson scored 2 touchdowns that included a huge 91-yard run. He finished the game with an impressive 127 total yards on the ground.
New England is already stacked up in the backfield with Damien Harris, Sony Michelle, and James White, so hopefully they can pull some tricks to keep Stevenson on the roster.
The running backs should be able to put up some big numbers this Thursday Night when they go up against this Eagles defense that gave up 152 rushing yards last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Last season, the Patriots averaged 146.6 rushing yards per game last season, which put them in the top 3 for the entire NFL.
The Eagles come into this game off after the 24-16 home loss to the Steelers. Quarterback Jalen Hurts played just two drives and went 3 of 7 for 54 yards. Veteran Quarterback, Joe Flacco got the majority of the snaps and finished the game going 10 of 17 completions for one touchdown.
For this game against the Patriots, Jalen Hurts should be able to get 2 or 3 drives in, then Flacco and Mullens will share the rest of the snaps. Unlike the Patriots, the Eagles will focus more on their backfield after a subpar first game on the ground after putting up just 52 total yards.
Last season, Philly was ranked tenth in the league averaging 126.7 rushing yards per game, so you should see their ground game improve this go around.
The star of Philadelphia’s last game was second year wide receiver, Quez Watkins. He had a big 79 yard catch, but was able to burn the defense and should of had a 100+ yard performance, but the quarterbacks kept overthrowing him.
Free NFL Pick:
In this Patriots vs Eagles Thursday Night Football game, we’re taking the Patriots team total to go over the 19.5 points and laying the -110 price.
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