It’s never too early to think about the 2018 NFL draft — especially if you’re a fan of one of the winless teams in the NFL.
After six weeks of the 2017 season, that’s the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.
For now, it’s the Browns that are in line to pick first in April, one spot ahead of the 49ers with the Giants sitting in third after getting their first win. It was Cleveland and San Francisco in the first two spots last year, with the Browns taking Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall, and the 49ers sending their selection to Chicago.
What this means for the Eagles: Philadelphia is cruising, and only a historic collapse will keep the team from improving to 4-1 and maintaining its spot atop the NFC East. The Eagles started 3-1 last season before crashing back down to earth; an emphatic win in Week 5 suggests they won’t have a similar problem in 2017.
What this means for Nelson Agholor: The young wideout was on the verge of being cut last offseason after two disappointing seasons in Philadelphia. His emergence this summer helped give the Eagles the latitude to trade Jordan Matthews to the Bills. Through five games, he’s already posting career highs in catch percentage, catches per game, and yards per game. He’s got four catches for 93 yards for the Eagles today.
“We didn’t run that hot,” said Jason Simbal, vice president at sportsbook operator CG Technology, who said his book lost two decisions, “but we got what we needed.”
Indeed, especially in the night game between the heavily favored Denver Broncos and the New York Giants.
A bettor at CG Technology placed two $200,000 wagers on the Broncos, laying 13 and 13.5 points. An hour before kickoff of the night game at MGM sportsbooks, 12 times as much money had been bet on the Denver Broncos as had been bet on the underdog Giants.