Las Vegas book projects Eagles to win nine games

Posted: May 21, 2014

T HE EAGLES won 10 games in Chip Kelly's inaugural season. Finished first in the East. Came within three points of beating the Saints in the playoffs. A vast improvement from the previous season's 4-12 record.

So they've earned respect, right?

Not, it would seem, from the people who set the NFL win totals at the Las Vegas Hilton.

The early line on the Eagles, according to LVH, is nine wins, which most likely puts them on the playoff bubble.

Actually, nine isn't bad in the overall scheme of things. It is, in fact, two more wins than LVH posted for the Birds before the 2013 season.

It puts the Eagles in the top 10 and first among teams in the NFC East. The book has the Cowboys with eight wins, and the Giants and Redskins - now featuring former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson - with 7 1/2 each.

The team with the worst projection is the Jaguars with just 4 1/2 wins. First-year coach Gus Bradley's team went 4-12 last season.

Andy Reid's Chiefs are among eight teams projected to win eight games.

The Super Bowl-winning Seahawks and the runner-up Broncos top the list with 11 wins each.

The full NFL win totals, according to Las Vegas Hilton:

Seahawks. . . 11 Chargers. . . 8

Broncos. . . 11 Cowboys. . . 8

Patriots. . . 10 1/2 Dolphins. . . 8

49ers. . . 10 1/2 Texans. . . 7 1/2

Packers. . . 10 Giants. . . 7 1/2

Saints. . . 9 1/2 Cardinals. . . 7 1/2

Colts. . . 9 1/2 Rams. . . 7 1/2

Eagles. . . 9 Redskins. . . 7 1/2

Bengals. . . 9 Titans. . . 7

Ravens. . . 8 1/2 Bucs. . . 7

Steelers. . . 8 1/2 Jets. . . 7

Lions. . . 8 Browns. . . 6 1/2

Bears. . . 8 Bills. . . 6 1/2

Falcons. . . 8 Vikings. . . 6

Panthers. . . 8 Raiders. . . 5

Chiefs. . . 8 Jaguars. . . 4 1/2

Crazy eights

May 20 is a date that has singular meaning for the late Richie Ashburn and Ken Hubbs.

The Phillies' Ashburn hit eight singles in a doubleheader sweep over the Pirates at Forbes Field in 1951. The Cubs' Hubbs duplicated the feat in a sweep of the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium in 1962.

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