NFL betting lines handicappers will have quite an adjustment to take into account with the Philadelphia Eagles as Kevin Kolb is the new quarterback. Donovan McNabb, who was a fixture with the franchise, was traded to the NFC East Division rival Washington Redskins as Eagles coach Andy Reid decided a youth movement was in order after Philadelphia was dominated in their playoff loss at Dallas.
The Eagles will continue preparations for their new era with a Friday preseason game at Cincinnati. Sportsbook sbg global.com opened with the Cincinnati Bengals as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 36. Kickoff is at 8:05 Eastern Time and the game will be broadcast on Fox TV.
The Eagles got off to an impressive start to the preseason as they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-27 as Kolb was 6-11 for 95 yards. Michael Vick, Kolb’s backup, was 11-17 for 119 yards to spark a potential quarterback controversy down the line if Kolb struggles.
There will be plenty of pressure on Kolb, as McNabb was a fixture and playing for a divisional foe. Beyond that the Philadelphia fans are the toughest in the NFL as they have been known to boo Santa Claus.
Kolb has remained calm thus far in preparation for his new role.
“Everything’s different, but it’s a good change,” said Kolb. “I’m the starter now. And I’m looking forward to doing this for a long, long time in the future.”
Kolb has not seen a lot of sports betting action as he had a couple of starts last September in which he did better than average. The Eagles believe he will be ready to lead as they have surrounded him with talented playmakers such as running back LeSean McCoy, along with wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
Kolb is also known for the time he came in to relieve McNabb against Baltimore and imploded as the Eagles lost 36-7 in a 2008 matchup. It has been a long road to the starting job.
“It was a tremendous experience for him,” said Reid. “One thing he’s very good at is, when he makes a mistake, correcting it and not making it again. Last year, when I called on him in the second and third game, he was ready to go.
Reid has no doubts about Kolb’s ability to lead the Eagles and that has made them a potential board value with those betting NFL preseason games.