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Eagles favored by double digits against Jonathan Gannon

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If the Philadelphia Eagles lose on Sunday to the defensive coordinator who cost them their second-ever Super Bowl victory ...

Well, I don’t even want to think about what that would feel like.

It shouldn’t happen.

The Eagles are 11-point home favorites against Jonathan Gannon’s Arizona Cardinals in Week 17, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

The line originally opened with the Eagles favored by 12. That was before Philly failed to cover a 14-point spread in a win over New York Giants.

It’s hard to give the Eagles the benefit of the doubt when it comes to winning comfortably since that’s just not something they’ve done this year.

Then again, the Cardinals aren’t very good.

Arizona’s 3-12 record is second-worst in the NFL, only ahead of the 2-13 Carolina Panthers. The Cards rank 29th in point differential and DVOA.

Believe it or not, Gannon’s team is especially weak on defense. The Cardinals have allowed the second-most points (26.9 per game) and they rank dead last in defensive DVOA. Only four teams have allowed more yards per pass attempt and only one team has allowed more yards per rushing attempt.

Take a moment and try to name some players on the Cardinals’ defense off the top of your head. I’m sure you got Budda Baker, who has allowed a 104.7 passer rating when targeted and has zero interceptions, zero passes defensed, zero forced fumbles, and zero sacks. OK, who else?

The Eagles’ offense should be able to put up points.

The bigger uncertainty is the Eagles’ defensive outlook.

Since Kyler Murray returned to the starting lineup, the Cardinals are averaging 20.7 points per game. That’s not good but it could be worse; 10 teams are averaging fewer points per game this season.

In theory, Murray should be getting more effective as he’s further and further removed from the ACL injury he suffered on December 12, 2022. He just turned in his highest passer rating of the season (97.5) in Week 16, albeit in a loss to the Chicago Bears.

If the Eagles can avoid beating themselves, they’ll win this game. However, that’s a big “if.”

What say you?

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Which bet do you like more?

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  • 53%
    Cardinals +11
    (415 votes)
  • 46%
    Eagles -11
    (358 votes)
773 votes total Vote Now

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