NFL Opening Night Odds
PHILADELPHIA -- (NESN) The Philadelphia Eagles will be without star linebacker Nigel Bradham when they begin the defense of their Super Bowl championship against the visiting Atlanta Falcons on Thursday as 2.5-point favorites on the Week 1 NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Bradham led the Eagles with 88 combined tackles last season and added seven tackles in the team’s 41-33 win over New England as 4.5-point underdogs in Super Bowl LIII, but was slapped with a one-game suspension stemming from a 2016 run-in with the law that will keep him out of action in Thursday night’s Falcons vs. Eagles matchup at Lincoln Financial Field.
The 28-year-old will be far from alone in missing Week 1 action. Bradham will be joined on the sidelines by Eagles defensive back Deiondre’ Hall, as he serves a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, while quarterback Carson Wentz and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery still are dealing with injuries. However, Philadelphia has posted straight-up wins in eight of nine home dates with Atlanta, which is coming off a 10-6 season but is a +115 underdog to reach the NFL playoffs for a franchise-record third straight season.