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Vick's return, Jaguars' reliance on backups make Eagles big favorites

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By Mike Wilkening

What do you expect from Michael Vick Thursday night in Philadelphia? Will he still boast that rare speed for a quarterback? Will his passes be relatively accurate? Will he be on the same page of his receivers?

Well, a good deal of bettors have answered "Yes" or at least "I think so" to all or enough of these questions for oddsmakers to install the host Eagles as 7½-point favorites vs. the Jaguars. Another factor Eagles backers are probably considering: the Jaguars are likely to be relying heavily on backups, per The Florida Times-Union.

It's unclear how long Vick will play. And again, no one can say for certain how he'll look facing an opposing team for the first time since Jan. 1, 2007. Also, he appeared in court in Virginia on Thursday as his plan to pay off his creditors in bankruptcy was approved. Nevertheless, the prospect of him playing tonight makes this no ordinary preseason game, both in interest — and in pointspread, as big favorites are few and far between during the dress rehearsal portion of the schedule.

 

 

 

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