Redskins Eagles Odds
Posted by Jimmy Boyd on
NFC East bragging rights will be up for grabs in Week 3, as the Philadelphia Eagles will host the Washington Redskins. Kickoff is scheduled 1:00 EST Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field and will be televised locally on FOX. Oddsmakers currently have the Eagles listed as a 6-point home favorite with the total set at 50 points.
The Eagles come into this matchup undefeated after an impressive 30-27 come-from-behind win over the Colts on Monday Night Football, while the Redskins were able to pull even after a disappointing loss in their opener against the Texans with an impressive 41-10 win over the Jaguars. Philadelphia swept the season series a year ago, as they won 33-27 at Washington and 24-16 in the second meeting at home.
Early Lean on Redskins +6
I think the smart money in this game will be on the Redskins as a 6-point underdog, especially with the public figuring to be all over the Eagles after that impressive win against Indianapolis in a nationally televised game. Division games always seem to be closer than expected and even in Washington’s free fall last year they were able to remain competitive against the Eagles.
I know it’s all about the final the score, but you aren’t going to make a living in this league playing from behind. The Eagles have had to rally from double-digit deficits in each of their first two games and that’s a trend I don’t want to rely on when laying almost a touchdown. It’s only a matter of time before Philadelphia’s slow starts come back to bite them.
Not to take anything away from RGIII, but I think Washington is a better team with Kirk Cousins at quarterback. Luckily the public (majority) doesn’t see it that way, at least not yet, and as a result I believe it has the Redskins undervalued right now.
As good as the Eagles have looked offensively in the first couple of weeks, I have been even more impressed with the improvements the Redskins have made on the defensive side of the ball. Washington comes into this game ranked 3rd against the pass (164.5 ypg) and 4th against the run (70.0 ypg) and their 234.5 ypg allowed is tops in the league. One of the big reasons for their jump in productivity is they are finally healthy on that side of the ball.
It’s not just the defense that’s getting it done. The Redskins rank 5th in the NFL in total offense, averaging 249.5 ypg through air and 161.0 ypg on the ground. Sometimes injuries can ruin a season and other times they can be a blessing in disguise. Not to take anything away from RGIII, but I think Washington is a better team with Kirk Cousins at quarterback. Luckily the public doesn’t see it that way, at least not yet, and as a result I believe it has the Redskins undervalued right now.
There’s also a big time system in play that’s telling us to fade the Redskins. Home favorites who allowed 24 or more points/game the previous season after a game where 50 total points were scored are just 3-23 (11%) ATS since 1983.