Eagles vs. Patriots Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Andrew Rogers | Updated Aug 14, 2018

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It probably won’t feel like it, but fans and bettors are being treated to a Super Bowl rematch - in the middle of August, no less - as the Philadelphia Eagles visit the New England Patriots.

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August 16, 2018, 7:30 PM ET
Gillette Stadium
Pointspread +4.5 -110
Moneyline +180
Over / Under o +42.5
Pointspread -4.5 -110
Moneyline -220
Over / Under u +42.5

The Eagles dropped a 31-14 decision to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers in their pre-season opener, while the Patriots earned a 26-17 victory over Washington. It’s the 23rd exhibition meeting between last year’s Super Bowl foes, with New England holding a 12-10 edge.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Patriots are holding steady as standard home-field favorites despite reports that Tom Brady will see some action this week after sitting out the pre-season opener. It’s expected that Brady will play one or two series before giving way to the backups. The Patriots have been a terrific home cover at all times during the season, having made good in 34 of their previous 52 games at Foxborough Stadium. The Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their past seven on the road.

Last week’s crazy pre-season scoring barrage has impacted the majority of lines entering Week 2 of the exhibition schedule – and this game is not immune, having seen a two-point bump from an opening of 40.5. And while this is the pre-season, both teams are sporting significant over trends going into this one, with Philadelphia having gone a sizzling 17-4 O/U in their past 21 roadies and New England having gone over in nine of 13 home contests.

Philadelphia Eagles

There might be a new face in an Eagles uniform for Thursday’s encounter, with the team having signed Christian Hackenberg for quarterback depth. Hackenberg should see action this week as he competes with Nate Sudfeld for the No. 3 role behind Carson Wentz and Nick Foles – and the position battle becomes even more significant amid word that Wentz might not be ready for Week 1 as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL.

New England Patriots

Look for both teams to be trying just a little bit harder with Brady on the field – and in the case of the Eagles, that could mean a concerted effort to keep the Patriots off the scoresheet. New England’s wide receiving corps will be the focal point in this one after they stumbled through a wet practice Monday. Veteran wideout Eric Decker is expected to see a good portion of playing time Thursday as he looks to establish his place in the pecking order.

Eagles vs. Patriots Prediction

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