By Charles Jay
Neither the Green Bay Packers
nor the Philadelphia Eagles
are soaring at the moment. The Packers have run into a few good offensive teams, and that has exposed their lack of depth on defense, most notably in the secondary. The Eagles have lost three of their last four games, with those losses being played on the road against likely playoff teams. These clubs will get together with an opportunity to help improve their position, as Monday
night NFL betting action gets underway at 8:30 PM ET
at Lincoln Financial Field in the City of Brotherly Love. BetAnySports
customers can watch this game on ESPN and place wagers in real time, using the state-of-the-art software available through Live Betting Ultra.
Carson Wentz got off to the kind of start that had a lot of people mentioning him as a possibility for rookie of the year. Well, with the success of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas, that has kind of gone by the wayside, but Wentz is still relatively solid, with a ratio of 11 touchdowns to seven interceptions and a 63% accuracy rate. He hasn’t exactly been taking the biggest risks down the field, but Wentz has had some difficulties operating when he’s under pressure. So expect that Dom Capers will send extra people at him at every opportunity.
Jim Schwartz, the defensive coordinator for Philadelphia, might do the same against Aaron Rodgers, but we know that the two-time MVP knows how to make his decisions quickly, and he seems to have resigned himself to the fact that he is not going to go down the field as much as he used to. Rodgers has a 6.7-yard per pass average, but he also has 25 touchdown passes on the season. The truth of the matter is that he has literally been forced to go to the air more than he would normally like, and indeed, the Packers have had 417 pass plays against just 221 rushing plays.
In the Monday
night NFL betting lines posted on this game at BetAnySports
, the Eagles are the favorites at home:
Philadelphia Eagles -3.5
Green Bay Packers +3.5
Over 47 points -110
Under 47 points -110
The Packers have been a very good team defending the run, giving up only 3.7 yards per carry. And Philadelphia has at times struggled to get a ground attack going. But the Eagles have demonstrated that they are more productive team at home than they are on the road, averaging 56 more yards of total offense. We don’t know if it’s going to be a break for the Green Bay defense that Wentz has been directed toward more of a low-risk passing game, but that certainly would help.
There are a lot of players missing from action on this Green Bay side. The secondary was decimated with injuries to Sam Shields, Demarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, and now Demetri Goodson has suffered a knee injury and is definitely out of this game. BetAnySports patrons who have watched closely have seen that the Packers have given up seven passes for more than 30 yards in the last two games alone, but unless Wentz decides to take some chances downfield, will the Eagles do enough to exploit that?
The ground game for Green Bay has been missing since Eddie Lacy (5.1 yards per carry) went on injured reserve. But they should be able to make more use of Christine Michael, who was recently released by the Seattle Seahawks. The Philadelphia run game basically consists of Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, but Mathews, the “every-down” back, is out. They’ll play, but how good will they be? And there is a lot of shuffling going on with the offensive line. Green Bay can say the same thing, with recent absences of starting center JC Tretter and starting guard TJ Lang. Their substitutes have not fared well.
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