The Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins for an NFC East grudge-match as the NFL begins it’s 100th season. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on September 8th at Lincoln Financial Field and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Eagles listed as 9.5-point home favorites. That line has yet to change after early betting, as Philadelphia is currently available at -9.5. The total for this matchup is 46 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 1 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Eagles vs Redskins Vegas Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Eagles couldn’t quite match their Super Bowl success in 2017 with an encore performance last year, finishing at 9-7 overall during the regular season before losing to New Orleans in the divisional round of the playoffs. Still, there is a lot for Philadelphia fans to be excited about, especially since it appears as if Carson Wentz is finally back to 100% health. Wentz is now the unquestionable leader of an offense that averaged 22.1 points per game in 2018 (20th overall). He welcomes back a familiar face to start the season, as DeSean Jackson returned over the summer to help bolster a passing attack that was already averaging 263.0 yards through the air per game (9th overall). Jackson should be a nice complement to both TE Zach Ertz and the running game, as his speed should help to draw some extra defenders downfield. The ground attack was definitely the Achilles heel for this offense last season, averaging only 94.6 rushing yards per game (29th overall).
The Eagles were also pretty solid on the other side of the ball in 2018, holding opponents to an average of just 21.3 points per game (9th overall). They were especially strong against the run, only yielding 97.4 yards per game on the ground (6th overall). However, they were certainly well below average against the pass, getting torched for a healthy 271.2 yards per game through the air – third worst in the NFL.
The Redskins are in rebuild mode after yet another disappointing year in 2018, as they failed to make the playoffs after a 7-9 record overall. While they avoided finishing dead-last in the NFC East, they appear to still be a long way away from challenging for the division crown. It appears as if QB Case Keenum will begin the year as the starting quarterback, although former Ohio State star Dwayne Haskins is waiting in the wings after being selected #15 overall in the 2019 NFL draft. While Keenum likely won’t be a huge upgrade for an offense that average just 17.6 points per game last season, (29th overall) Haskins looks to be an elite talent moving forward. In the meantime, it doesn’t look like Washington will significantly improve upon their poor average of 188.8 passing yards per game (28th overall) – especially with Keenum under center.
The Redskins defense was around league-average in 2018, as they gave up 22.4 points per game (15th overall). They also surrendered 237.1 yards per game through the air (14th overall). Washington was slightly less effective against the run, allowing 116.2 yards per game on the ground (17th overall).
Free NFL Betting Predictions and ATS Pick: Eagles -9.5
Philadelphia should be right back in the thick of things in the NFC East this year, while Washington will likely be competing with the NY Giants to stay out of the basement in the same division. I don’t see the Redskins having a sudden turn around on either side of the ball in 2019, especially with Keenum at quarterback. Haskins should provide plenty of optimism for the future, but that won’t help here in Week 1 in a tough matchup against a quality Eagles team. I think that Wentz and Co. will have a statement game to begin the season, especially after all the debate about his role moving forward while Nick Foles was still with the team.
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The Eagles had a top-10 passing offense in 2018, which should on play a key factor against Washington this weekend. The Redskins weren’t horrible on defense last season but they certainly weren’t elite either. I’m not sure that they have the personnel to deal with all the weapons Philadelphia has on offense, especially after they added Miles Sanders to the backfield after selecting him in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft. Of course, the Redskins will likely have a tough time finding much success on the ground against a tough Philadelphia run defense. I’m also not sure they will even be able to exploit the Eagles weak secondary, as Jordan Reed appears to be banged up and Keenum doesn’t have a lot of other enticing options in the receiving game. As long as this spread stays under ten points, I like the Eagles to roll at home on Sunday afternoon.