Ken Blaze, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Nick Foles
- Usually the public backs the defending champions in Week 1, but that isn't the case with the Eagles (-1) against the Falcons.
- Carson Wentz will not play against Atlanta and bettors don't believe in Nick Foles on Thursday night.
The season opener between the Falcons and Eagles has bettors drifting with the wind. When books opened this game, the assumption was that Philadelphia would have Carson Wentz under center. Obviously, that was incorrect as Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will start in Week 1.
Wentz being on the sidelines coupled with Foles’ less-than-stellar play in the preseason has shifted the market for this game.
According to John Murray, Manager of the Westgate Sports Book, heavy action has come in on this game, moving their line pretty dramatically.
“We opened at Philly -4.5 and it got as high as 5.5,” Murray said. “But sharp money pushed the line down, and it’s moved even further now that it’s clear Foles is starting. We had a sharp player take Atlanta +4.5 and we moved the line to 3.5 off that bet. There will be a lot of money on both sides of that game as I’m expecting late public money to come in on Philadelphia.”
Murray also said he had a bettor who wanted to put $100,000 on the Falcons +4 back in July, but the Westgate was limiting bets to $10,000 that far out. That player was reportedly able to get his bet down elsewhere, but I couldn’t confirm where.
Other sportsbooks around Vegas are singing a familiar tune as it looks like it’s all Falcons money so far.
Tony Miller, who manages the book at the Golden Nugget, is amazed at how the betting is currently going.
“I’ve never heard of a Super Bowl champion getting dissed like this going into its first game. They’re getting no support at all,” Miller explained.
Lines around Vegas have dropped as low as -1, so only time will tell if Murray is accurate with his belief that the Eagles will eventually get more action as kickoff draws nearer.