Monday Night Football action report: Sharp wagers coming in on Eagles


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Week 2 of the NFL season wraps up tonight in the Windy City. Covers talks about the action on that contest with Jeff Stoneback, manager of The Mirage sportsbook, and Greg Sindall, senior oddsmaker for online site SportsInteraction.

Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears – Open: -3 (-110); Move: -3 (-125), -3 (-110)

Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and the Eagles got out of the gate well with a 29-10 Week 1 victory over the Cleveland Browns as a 4-point home favorite. Wentz was a solid 22 of 37 for 278 yards passing, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He’ll now face his first road game.

Chicago will look to get on track in its home opener, after being dealt a 24-13 loss by Houston last week as a 5.5-point road underdog.

“Today we are getting money on the ‘dog here,” Stoneback said early this afternoon. “We came in and the Bears were -3, minus a quarter, we’re at 3 flat right now. When we hung this game last week, we hung it 3 flat, took some early money on the Bears, but now the professionals are coming back on the ‘dog.”

At SportsInteraction, the Bears opened -3 (-115), and while the number remains on 3, Philly action has moved the Bears’ price to -105, with the Eagles +3 (-115).

“We’ve seem mostly two-way money, but today we have started to see some money come in on the Eagles,” Sindall said. “We now have 62 percent of the handle on Philadelphia, so we have cut the price on the spread.”

Stoneback doesn’t foresee the number changing in the lead-up to the 8:30 p.m. Eastern kickoff.

“I expect it to stay at 3. We’ve had good two-way action since this morning,” he said. “The total, though, we were at 42 this morning, we’ve gone to 42.5. I expect maybe we might see a 43 by kickoff. They like the over on Monday nights.”

Patrick Everson is a Las Vegas-based senior writer for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @Covers_Vegas.


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