Eagles News: Philadelphia has the easiest schedule in the NFL, according to one metric

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Way Too Early Eagles, Saints Prop Bets – Football Outsiders
If the Eagles are 4-2 or 5-1 by the bye, they will be in contention for a playoff spot and the NFC East crown if their schedule stiffens. Should they slack off a bit midseason, they’ll still enjoy a one-two between Giants and Bears in early December, and they’ll likely have something to play at quarterback in Week 18 against the Giants, who General Manager Joe Schoen could start by then. So the Eagles’ schedule starts with some teams still sorting themselves out in September and ends with some weak teams possibly evaluating their practice teams in January. For example, if the Eagles had started with the Packers, Cowboys, Vikings, and Saints, the public wouldn’t have been quite as optimistic about their ability to stay in the playoff chase. But the layout of the Eagles schedule likely had both Sharps and Eagles fans searching for their favorite sports betting app, prompting the house to move the line to even out the action. Regardless of how the games are rearranged, the Eagles have the easiest 2022 schedule in the NFL, according to the DVOA. 9.5 wins is closer than 8.5 to the number blowing from our projections as they cool on the windowsill. But Walkthrough still took the lead once our phone, computer, and sportsbook were talking to each other again.

NFL overall wins, over-under picks and best bets for all 32 teams – The Athletic
Eagle over 9.5 (-115). Not only did the Eagles get better while the Cowboys got worse, but the Commanders actually traded for Carson Wentz while the Giants are really in rebuild mode (and probably don’t have that high hopes for Daniel Jones). Also, the first half of their schedule is pretty soft — they could go 4-0 into a Week 5 game in Arizona.

NFL Betting 2022: Market Related Power Rankings and Schedule ELO Strength – PFF
19. PHILADELPHIA EAGLESSpread Points Above Average: 0.03. Opponent ELO Ranking: 29. Hardest Schedule: Weeks 11-13. Philadelphia could easily be seen as the offseason winner, but bookies appear less than enthusiastic about the team’s prospects for 2022. The Eagles are the last team with above-average points distribution and will play one of the lightest strengths on the roster in the NFL. Given all the team’s additions, Jalen Hurts, a neutral compared to last year, could once again lead to a playoff berth for Philadelphia.

James Bradberry, Eagles agree to one-year deal – BGN
You wanted James Bradberry? Well you have him! Howie Roseman made many Philadelphia Eagles fans very happy Wednesday morning by signing the free agent’s cornerback to a one-year, $10 million deal. UPDATE: Adam Schefter says contract has a guaranteed value of $7.25 million, with another $2.5 million “up”.

James Bradberry signs a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles – Big Blue View
The New York Giants fired Bradberry earlier this month after failing to find a trading partner for the Pro Bowl cornerback. Bradberry was the top cornerback on New York’s depth chart, but his imminent hit at the $21.9 million salary cap made it impossible to keep him around. Now Bradberry will play his former team twice a year in a secondary school that also stars four-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay. New York will save $2 million against the cap next year (in 2023) to offset the guaranteed portion of Bradberry’s contract.

Eagles add Bradberry – Iggles Blitz
I had my doubts that would happen. More than a few teams need CB help so I figured there might be a little bidding war over Bradberry. Not that he’s elite or anything, but he was the best guy out there, so that gave him some leverage. I think the market was softer than I expected. According to the report, the Eagles paid him $10 million, but the actual number is likely to be lower. Bradberry plays for a good team and in a pattern that suits him. The Giants, who cut him off in May, did him no favors. If Bradberry can have a good year, he’ll be able to go into free agency next March and get one last good deal. It’s going to be a big year for him.

Bradberry explains why he chose the Eagles – NBCSP
Why did he take the Eagles out of the pack? One look at the list was enough. Mainly the line of defence. “I’ve seen the guys on the d-line and as a DB, sometimes your best friend is the d-line,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to it.” Bradberry, who signed a one-year contract with the Eagles earlier Wednesday, spoke with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark at Philadelphia International Airport on Wednesday night after arriving in the city.

Biggest remaining offseason priority for any NFC team: Can the 49ers placate Deebo Samuel? -NFL.com
Top Priority: Celebrate James Bradberry’s Signing When I originally wrote this article, I’d suggested signing Bradberry as the Eagles’ top priority (are you proud, dad?) — and then they settled on a deal with him just before publication. With few other obvious requirements left on the list, let’s examine why this step works so well. Imagine: your nemesis is forced to reveal his top corner. Said corner then falls into your lap. Bradberry is second in the league with 82 passes defended over the last six seasons. Only Philly’s Darius Slay (84) has more. The union of the two gives the Eagles a menacing pair of cover men and bolsters a weakness to Slay. The alternative would have been to let the less tasty options Zech McPhearson, Kary Vincent Jr., Mac McCain and Tay Gowan compete for the lead roles.

While the Cowboys fanbase is alarmed by the bumpy offseason, NFL watchers aren’t so much – blogging The Boys
This ranking sheds light on a reason why the Cowboys fanbase might be exaggerating its disappointment this offseason. And that was the surprise of losing in the first round at home in the playoffs. The Cowboys’ offense last year was a monster by almost every measure until it hit the fickle streak in the second half of the season. Even then they could still score at times, just not as consistently and efficiently. The defense remained strong throughout the year. Last season’s arc, the sizzling start followed by the lukewarm second half, crowned by the utterly disappointing playoff loss, left the Cowboys fan base in a decidedly uncomfortable mood. Then the Amari Cooper/Randy Gregory/La’el Collins situation was followed by very little outside activity in the free hand and that has brought more negativity. And it’s defensible, it’s hard to see so much talent walking out the door for practically nothing. But the outside world doesn’t seem to share the sentiment. At least that’s something.

Will Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara and Ezekiel Elliott bounce back? What Went Wrong, Stats Predictions for 2022 for Each Star – ESPN+
Based on how they played in 2021, Pollard should be cast in the lead role. Will the Cowboys actually make this change? I am sceptical. For one, the organization pays Elliott like he’s a superstar. While it certainly would have cut him this offseason if it was financially feasible, Dallas is on the hook to pay him $12.4 million in 2022. It can walk away from its deal and save nearly $5 million in cap space in 2023, and the decision not to restructure its contract this offseason hints at that likelihood next spring. If there’s one place Elliott excels, it’s protecting this passing offensive line and her quarterback. He is one of the best defenders in football, combining the prototypical greatness of a defender with the bravery a jam needs. Oddly enough, considering how often Cowboys throw first down these days, it might make more sense for him to be the primary back on first down before ceding to Pollard on second and third down. Barring Pollard’s injury, we should see the Cowboys move more towards a 50-50 split between the two in 2022. Elliott had just under 78% of touches in 2019, a rate that fell below 70% in 2020, before coming in just over 62% last season. An even split should make the Cowboys better and could even increase Elliott’s efficiency, though the days of him battling for titles seem to be over.

NFL University #40: AFC Win Totals – The SB Nation NFL Show
Welcome back to another edition of NFL University! Stephen Serda, Kyle Posey and Justis Mosqueda discuss predicted AFC winning totals for next season. Even though the Bills have the highest earnings total forecast in the AFC at 11.5, they feel like a lock to hit. The AFC North is difficult to understand until we know more about Deshaun Watson – but the Bengals and Ravens should be fighting for the division. That the Jaguars are projecting more wins than the Texans is a trap to avoid — and the AFC West is a toss-up.

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