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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins Predictions, Odds, Picks and NFL Week 1 Betting Preview – September 10, 2017

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins Predictions, Odds, Picks and NFL Week 1 Betting Preview – September 10, 2017


Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins Preview

Where: FedEx Field – Landover, MD

When: Sunday, September 1, 2017 – 1:00 PM ET

Line: Philadelphia Eagles (-1) vs. Washington Redskins (+1); total: 48.5 view all NFL lines

TV Broadcast: FOX


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Betting on the Philadelphia Eagles

Point spread: -1

Despite missing the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, the Eagles are heading to their 2017 campaign full of optimism, as they look more equipped and confident than in year’s past.

It all starts with the head coach-quarterback relationship of Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. The two are entering its second run and should be poised to do better in guiding the team.

Wentz, who showed great promise in his rookie year (3,782 passing yards and 16-14 TD-INT ratio), will enjoy having plenty of proven reinforcements. He now has former Pro Bowl wideout Alshon Jeffery and speedy, big play receiver Torrey Smith to throw to, and two-time Super Bowl champion running back LeGarrette Blount and former San Diego State workhorse Donnel Pumphrey in the backfield. All four should be able to provide a good boost for an offense that was 16th last season (22.9 PPG).

The defense is also a unit to watch out for. It was on the rise this past year, particularly in scoring defense (moving from 28th in 2015 to 12th in 2016), and is also boasting new, exciting faces. Veterans Chris Long, Corey Graham, and Patrick Robinson, who can all be disruptive and stat-stuffers, and first-round pick Derek Barnett (six tackles and three sacks in the preseason), are sure to be fine additions in the group.

Philly was 7-9 SU and 8-8 ATS in 2016.

Betting on the Washington Redskins

Point spread: +1

The Redskins will be coming off a frustrating 8-7-1 season (10-6 ATS), where they kept hanging around as a wildcard team but suddenly faded towards the end, losing five of their last seven games. It was a kind of year that could either ignite or mess up the team’s confidence.

The roller coaster off-season of the front office, which saw the firing of general manager Scott McCloughan just weeks before the draft, also didn’t help.

It’s good that the defense became their focus during the free agency and draft (four of their most expensive signings were for the unit), considering they had an awful defense last year (28th in yards and 19th points). However, it’s hard to expect that it can be enough overall.

The offense was top three in passing yards and total yards this past season, but it lost its top two receivers – Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson – who both registered 1,000-plus yards in the offense-filled campaign. Although the versatile Terrelle Pryor is a very exciting replacement, it’s a question mark as to how well he can make up for two guys. Pryor will join co-WR Jamison Crowder and tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis as the new main pieces of the new-look receiving corps, with returning starter Rob Kelley, rookie Samaje Perine, and the underrated Chris Thompson powering the running attack.

Above all of that, though, we can look for Kirk Cousins to have another prolific year. The Pro Bowl QB is aggressive and can throw for good yardage regardless of who his receivers are. He passed for 4,917 yards and had a 25-12 TD-INT ratio in 2016.

Writer’s Prediction

The Eagles (+1) win, 26-23.

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