This Sunday the Washington Redskins (1-2) will host the Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) in a NFC East showdown between two teams trying to avoid a 1-3 start to the first quarter of their season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 EST at FedEx Field and will be televised locally on FOX. Our Week 5 NFL betting odds show the Eagles as a 3-point road favorite with the total set at 47 points.
Philadelphia was able to avoid an 0-3 start with a 24-17 win at the New York Jets as a 3-point underdog in Week 3, while the Redskins were dominated on the road in a 21-32 loss to division rival New York Giants as a 3-point dog on Thursday Night Football. Both teams have opened the season just 1-2 ATS.
These two teams split their season series a year ago, with the home team winning both matchups. The Eagles won 37-34 as a 4-point home favorite in Week 3, while Washington won 27-24 as a 7-point home dog in Week 16. Interestingly enough, the losing team dominated in total yards in both games. The Redskins had a 511-379 edge in Philadelphia, while the Eagles had a 495-305 edge in Washington.
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While the Eagles were able to avoid an 0-3 start, I wasn’t all that impressed with their performance. Philadelphia’s offense only managed 231 yards of total offense against the Jets. Had it not been for 4 Jets turnovers and a 89-yard punt return for a touchdown by Darren Sproles, the Eagles very easily could have lost that game.
Washington certainly didn’t look good in their defeat at the Giants, but they actually outgained New York 393 to 363 and had a 22-19 edge in first downs. The key thing to keep in mind with that performance, is the Redskins were in the difficult spot of playing on the road with a short week of preparation and going up against a Giants team that was fighting for their season after an 0-2 start where they felt they should have won both games.
Philadelphia’s offense only managed 231 yards of total offense against the Jets. Had it not been for 4 Jets turnovers and a 89-yard punt return for a touchdown by Darren Sproles, the Eagles very easily could have lost that game.
Now it’s the Redskins who have the scheduling advantage, as they will have had a full 3 extra days of rest and preparation for this game, while the Eagles will be playing their second straight on the road.
It’s also worth noting that even after that poor showing against New York, Washington’s defense comes into this game ranked 2nd in the NFL in total defense, allowing just 277.3 ypg. They have yet to allow more than 84 yards rushing and were very good against the pass in their first two games at home, holding the Dolphins to just 182 yards and the Rams to 146 yards.
The big key here is Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins not turning the football over, which has been a problem at times. If he can take care of the ball, Washington’s offense could have an easy time moving the ball against a banged up Eagles defense that lost starting linebacker Kiko Alonso and could also be without starting defensive end Cedric Thorton and fellow linebacker Mychael Kendricks. Redskins could also potentially be getting back wide out DeSean Jackson from a hamstring injury that has had him sidelined for the first 3 games.
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