The Philadelphia Eagles are looking for back-to-back wins after starting the season 0-2. They face the equally 1-2 Washington Redskins. The NFL week 4 odds have the Eagles as 3-point favorites to beat Washington.
Both teams have struggling starting quarterbacks that need to prove they deserve the starting gig. Both teams’ loyal fan bases are calling for blood. Both coaches are on the hot-seat.
An In-Depth Look At The Philadelphia Eagles at Washington NFL Week 4 Betting Preview
What: Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) at Washington (1-2)
When: Sunday, October, 4, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Landover, MD
Stadium: FedEx Field
Weather: 69° F / Sprinkles Early
Spread: Eagles -3
Moneyline: Philadelphia -170 vs Washington +150
Game Total: 47.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Philadelphia vs Washington
If You Are Betting On The Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Philadelphia is off to a slow start at 1-2 straight up and against the spread. Their first win came last week against a competent Jets team.
“I thought it was gritty,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “We knew going in this was going to be one of those kinds of games. To use a boxing analogy, two guys were going to stand in the middle of the ring and start throwing at each other.”
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) September 29, 2015
This year the Eagles offense has limped out of the gates, averaging 19.3 points (21st), 221.0 passing yards (23rd) and 64.3 rushing yards (30th) per game.
So far in 2015, Bradford has completed seven passes that went for more than 20 yards and zero that have gone beyond 40 yards. Many of his plus-20 passes were shorter throws on which the receiver’s yards after catch put the gain over 20 yards.
In 2013, Kelly’s first season in the NFL, the Eagles led the league with 80 pass plays of 20-or-more yards and 18 throws of 40-plus yards. In 2014, the Eagles completed 67 passes that went for more than 20 yards and 11 that went beyond 40 yards.
“Two years ago,” Kelly said, “we set an NFL record for explosive plays. We’ve never seen those coverages again. People play off and back of us. They’ve played off and back of us for the last two years.
Bradford simply isn’t comfortable in Chip Kelly’s offense. In 3 games, he has thrown for 678 yards, 3 TDs & 4 INTs. All for interceptions came in the first two games.
Bradford’s top two passing targets have been WR Jordan Matthews (22 rec, 231 yards, 1 TD) and RB Darren Sproles (12 rec 118, yards 0 TDs). The losses of Jeremey Maclin, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy are glaring. Riley Cooper has caught only 3 passes for 25 yards. In 2013, he caught 47 passes for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. His average gain per catch was 17.8 yards, meaning he averaged nearly an “X play” every time he caught a pass.
“Defenses are playing us a little bit different,” Cooper said. “They’ve kind of bend but don’t break. Don’t give up big plays. Keep everything in front. Don’t let anything over top.
Their running game looked better last week against New York as Ryan Matthew (29 att, 112 yards 1 TD) rushed for 108 yards and one TD. Will last seasons leading rusher RB DeMarco Murray (21 att, 11 yards, 1 TD) be back after missing last week’s game due to a hamstring injury?
Philadelphia’s defense allows 21.0 points (11th), 272.0 passing yards (23rd) and 87.0 rushing yards (8th) per game. Malcolm Jenkins leads the Eagles with 22 tackles, Connor Barwin has two sacks and Walter Thurmond III has two interceptions.
If You Are Betting On The Washington Football Franchise (+3)
Washington is 1-2 both straight up and against the spread this season. Last week they fell to the NY Giants by a 32-21 score. Their offense averages 18.3 points (26th), 228.0 passing yards, and 143.7 rushing yards (4th) per game.
QB Kirk Cousins has thrown 715 yards, 1 TDs & 4 INTs this season while completing 69.2% of his passes. Two of his four interceptions were last week against New York. He has only completed four plays of 25 yards or more to his receivers.
Cousins could use a little help from deep threat WR DeSean Jackson who has been on the shelf since pulling his hammy early in their week 1 game. In his absence the top targets have been TE Jordan Reed (19 rec, 241 yards, 1 TD) his main target and WR Pierre Garcon (17 rec, 161 yards, 1 TD).
Gruden says WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) is gradually progressing. "DeSean's working out very hard to get that thing right."
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) October 2, 2015
Their running game has had goo numbers with RBs Alfred Morris (49 att, 199 yards, 0 TDs) and rookie Matt Jones (36 att, 189 yards, 2 TDs). The lack of rushing scores and Jones’ fumble issues are a cause for concern.
Washington’s defense is giving up 19.7 points per game (8th), 202.0 passing yards (7th) and 75.0 rushing yards (3rd) per game. Keenan Robinson leads the Redskins with 24 tackles, Jason Hatcher has a sack and Ryan Kerrigan has a pass deflection.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Washington Redskins 3-7 At Home since last season
- Washington Redskins 1-2 As Underdog or PK this season
- Washington Redskins 5-10 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Washington Redskins 1-2 When Line was 44.5 to 47.5 this season
- Washington Redskins 2-6 When Line was 44.5 to 47.5 since last season
- Washington Redskins 2-4 As Home Underdog since last season
- Washington Redskins 4-6 O-U At Home since last season
- Philadelphia Eagles 1-3 O-U When Line is 45 to 48 since last season
- Washington Redskins 4-5 O-U When Line is 45 to 48 since last season
- Philadelphia Eagles 1-2 O-U When Line was 44.5 to 47.5 since last season
- Washington Redskins 3-7 O-U When Line was 44.5 to 47.5 since last season
The Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 4, 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on grass.
Washington is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. loss, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 4, 15-38-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 5-24-2 ATS in their last 31 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, 8-19 ATS in their last 27 vs. NFC, and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. NFC East.
My NFL Week 4 Betting Pick: Eagles -3
Players Out or Doubtful:
- Philadelphia: Kiko Alonso, Cody Parkey.
- Washington: DeAngelo Hall.