Ron Rivera used to be an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, but now, he’ll be planning against that team, as he looks to get his win No. 1 as head coach of the Washington Football Team in Week 1. The Eagles defeated Washington last season, but can they continue their dominance in this NFC East rivalry? Join our 2020 NFL Survivor Pool contest and check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Football Team Regular Season Week 1 Game on September 13, 2020
Where: FedEx Field, Landover
When: Sunday, September 13, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Philadelphia Eagles (-6)
Regular Season Record: 0-0
What Carson Wentz did last season was something short of heroic, as he managed to lead the Eagles to a division title despite an injury-ridden offense that had him relying on unheard-of guys like Boston Scott and Greg Ward. This time, though, Wentz will have better weapons healthy, as they open the season on the road against Washington. Among them is DeSean Jackson, who played in just three games last season after undergoing muscle surgery. However, the Eagles will not be able to showcase rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor, who‘s expected to miss multiple weeks due to a shoulder injury. Wentz was masterful in the Eagles’ 37-27 road win over Washington last season, as he passed for 266 yards (30/43) and three touchdowns with no picks while running back Miles Sanders had 122 rushing yards and a TD on 19 carries. The Eagles also made some veteran additions to their defense (Darius Slay, Nickell-Robey Coleman, and Javon Hargrave).
The Eagles are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against Washington.
Betting on the Washington Football Team (+6.5)
Regular Season Record: 0-0
Unlike the Eagles, Washington will be able to feature right away their prized top rookie in Chase Young, who’s almost guaranteed to improve an already solid defensive line of the Football Team. Last year, the Redskins were seventh in the NFL with 46 sacks and eighth in defensive sacks percentage (7.85). Together with Ryan Kerrigan and Montesz Sweat, the Redskins’ pass rush will once again be a force to reckon with. Washington’s offense will have a new-look also, particularly in the backfield. Gone are Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson, as both were released in the offseason. The face of Washington’s rushing attack is now Antonio Gibson, who’s been getting rave reviews. Also helping him on the ground are JD McKissic, Peyton Barber, and Bryce Love. But the heart of Washington’s offense will be the duo of Dwyane Haskins and Terry McLaurin, who were former teammates at Ohio State. The jury is still out on Haskins, but he did play well in the aforementioned loss last season to the Eagles, passing for 261 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions on 19-of-28 completions.
The over is 2-0 in Washington’s last two home games.
Philadelphia wins, 27-21.
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