How Do NFL Teams That Start 3-0 Usually Finish the Season?

How Do NFL Teams That Start 3-0 Usually Finish the Season?
By Lou Monaco
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

With just one game left in Week 3 of the NFL regular season, here is a question: Is there a more complete team on both sides of the ball than the Philadelphia Eagles?

The Eagles - along with the Miami Dolphins and possibly the New York Giants (with a win tonight against NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys) - are the only undefeated teams in the league heading into Week 4.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts has continued to step up his game week after week, making all involved in Pennsylvania sports betting take notice.

Hurts threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-8 road victory against the Washington Commanders on Sunday. Hurts did so against with Washington’s new leader, former Eagles starting QB Carson Wentz, on the other sideline.

How important is starting with a 3-0 record?

PennStakes.com â€¯utilized ProFootballReference.com to determine the statistics and trends for all the teams that have started 3-0 over the course of NFL history.

Here are the key numbers:

75.4 percent of teams that start 3-0 have made the playoffs since 1970

54.5 percent of Super Bowl-winning teams since 1977 started their season 3-0.

So, as you can see, that Eagles’ 3-0 start often springboards teams to big seasons and is sure to have the Philadelphia market buzzing on PA sportsbook apps.

Eagles, Hurts Skyrocket in Updated Futures Markets

Here is some interesting information from FanDuel Pennsylvania, provided to PennStakes.com by FanDuel PR director Kevin Hennessy.

In the NFC East winner market, Philadelphia has 67% of the bets and 74% of the handle nationwide at FanDuel. In the NFC champion market, the Eagles have 24% of the bets and 26% of the handle.

For the Super Bowl champion market, Philly has 5% of the bets and 5% of the handle and is the second largest liability at FanDuel behind the Buffalo Bills.

Hurts began the season at FanDuel at +2500 in PA NFL betting and is now sitting at +700 in the NFL MVP futures market. Hurts gets 8% of the bets and 7.5% of the handle.

After his performance against the Commanders on Sunday, Hurts received 41% of the bets and 42% of the handle since midnight in the MVP market, second only to Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson.

Over at DraftKings Pennsylvania, the Eagles are now the favorite to win the NFC East Division (-330) by a wide margin. The aforementioned Cowboys (+550) are second with the Giants (+650) and the Commanders (+2800) behind them.

The Eagles also are the current favorite to win the NFC at +350 with the Green Bay Packers (+400) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+450) rounding out the top three. Philadelphia has moved up, now listed as the third favorite to win the Super Bowl at +850, behind the 2-1 Buffalo Bills (+400) and 2-1 Kansas City Chiefs (+750).

Be sure to keep checking PennStakes.com for betting updates on the Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers as well as for the best PA sportsbook promos.

Taking a Closer Look at Hurts

Hurts currently is third in the league with 916 passing yards (just nine behind his former Alabama teammate, Tua Tagovailoa, now with the Miami Dolphins).

Hurts is the first quarterback in league history to throw for more than 900 yards and run for more than 150 yards in the first three games of a season since at least 1950.

Hurts has averaged 305.3 passing yards and 55.7 rushing yards per game thus far this season. No player ever has put up 300 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game for an entire season.

He has completed 67.4% of his passes (66-for-98) with four touchdowns and one interception.He has a QB rating of 106.5 and also has 37 carries for 167 rushing yards and three scores.

With all that Hurts data, he has moved into the second favorite spot at DraftKings to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award (+600), behind only Bills quarterback Josh Allen (+300).

Here is a look at other future odds on Hurts at DraftKings Sportsbook and where he ranks:

  • Offensive Player of the Year Award: 3rd (+900) 
  • Regular Season Most Passing Yards: 7th (+1200) 
  • Regular Season Most Passing TDs: 19th (+5000) 
  • Regular Season Most Rushing TDs: 5th (+1100) 
  • Regular Season Most Rushing Yards: T22 (+5000) 
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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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