Philadelphia Eagles +2 , 37 at New England Patriots, 7:30 pm Eastern Friday
by Zman of Predictem.com
In a re-match somewhat of a Super Bowl of four years ago, Donovan McNabb and his Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots in the third exhibition game of this season for both teams Friday night in Foxboro.
New England is listed as a 2 1/2-point home favorite at most sportsbooks for Friday’s game, with a total of 37. The Patriots are also listed at right around -140 on various Vegas moneylines, with Philadelphia getting around +120.
New England lost their pre-season opener at home to Baltimore two weeks ago 16-15, then fell at Tampa last Sunday 27-10. The Pats managed just 56 rushing yards vs. the Buccaneers and 174 total yards, and allowed TB to run for 170 yards.
Patriots QB Tom Brady hasn’t taken a snap yet this season, and didn’t even make the trip to Tampa for Sunday’s game, instead resting an injured right foot. And there’s a good chance Brady won’t play at all this pre-season.
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In his absence, New England’s back-up QB contingent of Matt Cassel, Kevin O’Connell and Matt Gutierrez have gone 29/58 passing for 221 yards, no touchdowns and three INTs.
Philadelphia started this exhibition season with a 16-10 loss at Pittsburgh two weeks ago, then rallied to beat Carolina 24-13 last Thursday.
QB Donovan McNabb is 21/37 passing so far this pre-season for 195 yards and a TD, while back-ups AJ Feeley and Kevin Kolb have combined to go 32/62 for 287 yards for one TD and one INT.
These two teams last met in week 12 of last season, when New England held on for a 31-28 win over Philly. Both teams filled the air with balls, throwing for more than 300 yards each. And the Eagles had a chance to beat the 11-0 Patriots, until Feeley threw an ill-advised INT in the end zone as Philly was driving to take the lead with under four minutes to play.
Over the last three pre-seasons under coach Bill Belichick, and two games so far this exhibition season, the Pats have gone 6-8 straight up, 6-7-1 against the spread, with the totals going 7-7.
Over their last 3 pre-seasons under coach Andy Reid, Philly is 5-8 SU and 6-7 ATS, with the totals going 7-5.
Zman’s Pick: I like the Eagles to win straight up here. N.E. has no real motivation to win the game as their just trying to figure out which players they will be moving forward with as most of their lineup is already set and their not interested in having 1st stringers get injured.