By Jason Green
The Eagles head into the Nation’s Capital for the season opener against the Redskins as a 1-point favorite at 5 dimes sportsbook even though they had a worse record than Washington last season. Philly has high hopes this season mainly because of all the offensive weapons they picked up in the off-season to give 2nd year QB Carson Wentz.
Well, the off-season is over and Kirk Cousins is still with the Redskins on a one-year fraNChise tag. All the press for the Skins in the off-season was with Cousins’ contract and now it is time to play ball with him on the field, but it may hurt that he lost a couple of big play WR’s in Pierre GArcon and DeSean Jackson. Last season Washington missed out on the playoffs losing five of their last seven Games.
Last season the Redskins beat the Eagles twice and both were close Games.
In the preseason both of these teams were 2-2.
Wentz had a pretty good rookie season, but he did have 14 picks to go with 16 TD. Philly went out and got WR’s Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith and RB LeGArrette Blount and drafted Donnel Pumphrey. The offensive line has some work to do and if they can give Wentz time and open up some holes for the running Game their offense will be much better this season. The Eagles defense ranked 13th last season and they are very high on first round pick DE Derek Barnett, who had three sacks in the preseason.
The Redskins lost some key WR’s from last season and they went out and got Terrelle Pryor. Jamison Crowder will be more of a featured receiver this season and one key for the Skins is the health of TE Jordan Reed. He is a stud when on the field, but he has missed a lot of time in the last two seasons with injuries. Cousins should lead a legit aerial attack again and Rob Kelley, rookie Samaje Perine, and Chris Thompson will man the running duties.
The Washington defense only ranked 28th in the league last season and they GAve up too many big plays. They spent two of their top three draft picks on defensive players taking Jonathan Allen in the first round and getting to Wentz is key for them in this match up.
The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Games in September, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road Games, and in their last 12 road Games the Over record is 11-1.
The Redskins are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Games overall, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC East, and they have an Over record of 8-2 in their last 10 home Games.
The Redskins have covered the spread in their last six Games against the Eagles.
Jason’s Pick: The Redskins have failed to cover the spread in their last Four Week 1 Games. That trend will end in this Game. Cousins will pick up right where he left off putting up big numbers and while the Washington D may struggle the offense will carry the load and the Skins will win and cover the spread against the Eagles for the 7th straight time.
Bettorsworld Pick – A year ago the Skins took both Games. But it looks as though it’s the Eagles who have made the better off season moves. Two close Games a year ago will likely translate into yet nother tight one, this time, with Philly on top. Eagles -1