Despite having quarterback issues, will the Broncos cover the point spread as an underdog versus the Eagles on Sunday?
The Matchup: Broncos at Eagles, 1:00 p.m. ET, Philadelphia
Denver enters play with a 3-4 record overall and hasn’t won a road game all season. Philadelphia, meanwhile, is 7-1 on the year and a perfect 4-0 at home. While the Broncos are just 2-4-1 against the spread this season, the Eagles have covered in six of their eight games on the year.
In their last five games, the Broncos have failed to cover in four of those contests. They’re also 2-5 against the number in their last seven games in November. They’re winless at 0-5 at the betting window in their last five road games. Finally, in their last nine games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game, Denver is 2-6-1 against the spread.
Philadelphia has been the exact opposite of Denver both on the field and at the betting window. The Eagles are a perfect 5-0 against the spread in their last five games. They’re also 5-1 against the number in their last six home games. They’re 5-0 at the betting window in their last five games coming off a win as well. The only area where the Eagles have struggled is in November, where they are just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games.
It’s hard to blame Vance Joseph for benching Trevor Siemian, who has been dreadful for weeks. Brock Osweiler was an abject failure in Houston last year but as long as he protects the ball he’ll be an upgrade over Siemian. Mike McCoy needs to lean on his running game, which was effective on Monday night in Kansas City but turnovers sunk the Broncos. If that happens, the Broncos can cover with a strong defensive effort.
NFL Week 9 Prediction: Denver Broncos +7