Week 1 NFL action pits two NFC East rivals against each other, as the Washington Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST at FedEx Field on Sunday, Sept. 10th. The game will be broadcasted locally on FOX.
Oddsmakers currently have Washington listed as a slim 1-point home favorite with the total at 48 points. Click here for more Week 1 lines and game previews.
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Philadelphia and rookie QB Carson Wentz were the talk of the NFL after a 3-0 start last season. Things quickly took a turn for the worst, as the Eagles went just 2-9 in their next 11 games. They would win their final two to close out at 7-9 in the first year under head coach Doug Pederson.
Washington finished just ahead of the Eagles at 8-7-1, as they came up well short of defending their AFC East title. They still had a chance to make the postseason in Week 17, but lost at home to the Giants 10-19. The offseason wasn’t exactly smooth in D.C. General manager Scot McCloughan was let go just 6 weeks prior to the draft.
These two teams have similar goals in 2017. Both go into the season with the expectation of competing in a loaded division that has two powers in the Cowboys and Giants. It’s hard saying if either will do enough to surprise in the East or sneak into the postseason as a Wild Card.
Redskins have swept the season series with the Eagles each of the last two years and won 5 straight overall. Last time Philadelphia won in Washington was the season opener back in 2013 campaign. It’s also worth noting that during the Redskins 5-game winning streak, only one has come by more than a touchdown.
Free NFL Pick Against the Spread: Eagles +1
I would normally lean towards taking a division home team in this spot. Not this time. I have to give the early edge to the Eagles to put an end to this losing streak to the Redskins.
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I really liked what I saw last year from Wentz and I’m expecting him to take a big step forward in year two. That’s because Philadelphia has upgraded the talent around him.
They added a go to No. 1 target in Alshon Jeffery and a speedster that can stretch the field in Torrey Smith. They also still have talented tight end Zach Ertz, who led the team in both receptions (78) and yards (816) last year.
An improved offense should only help out a talented defense that ranked in the Top 15 in both yards allowed (342.8 ypg) and scoring (20.7 ppg).
While Washington featured one of the top offenses in the NFL last year, there’s reason to believe they will take a step back. For starters, they lost not one but two 1,000-yard receivers in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. The bigger blow came when offensive coordinator Sean McVay left for the Rams head coach job.
Head coach Jay Gruden is concerned enough about the offense that he’s going to be calling the plays. He’s a former offensive coordinator, but could be a bit rusty in his new/old role. Keep in mind this is a team that struggled to run the football. If the passing attack isn’t elite, the entire offense could be in big trouble.
It’s not like Washington has a defense they can fall back on. The Redskins ranked 28th in the NFL last year, giving up 377.9 yards/game. Ranking in the bottom 10 in the league against both the run (24th) and the pass (25th).
Redskins have also failed to cover the spread in each of their last 4 season openers. They are also a mere 13-30 ATS in their last 43 home games in September. At the same time the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in this series.
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