Can Wentz and Philadelphia Eagles Cash in as Road Faves Against Cousins and Washington Redskins in Week 1 Opener?
Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles will look to pull off the road upset over Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins as slight road favorites when the longtime NFC East division rivals square off in their Week 1 regular season opening showdown this weekend.
With both teams looking for a playoff berth in 2017 after failing to reach the postseason a year ago, let’s find out what we should expect when this game goes down on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET, live from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland with this matchup airing on FOX.
NFL Week 1 Betting Spread Spread Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Redskins
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
NFL Odds: Philadelphia -1.5
Why Bet the Philadelphia Eagles Spread at -1.5
The Eagles had a solid preseason by beating the Bills and Dolphins in Weeks 2 and 3 and losing to the Packers in Week 1 and the Jets in Week 4. Philly is coming off a decent 7-9 campaign in 2016 in the first year of the Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson era, but are looking for big improvement heading into 2017. After not having any real competent receivers as a rookie last season, Wentz will now be throwing to veterans Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith.
In addition to adding those veterans, the Birds also signed veteran Nick Foles to back up Wentz and defensive end Chris Long to start. As a rookie last season, Wentz completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 3,782 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Eagles ranked 16th in scoring (22.9 ppg) and 12th in points allowed (20.7 ppg) in 2016.
Why Bet the Washington Redskins Spread at +1.5
Washington also went 2-2 in the preseason by beating the Bengals and Buccaneers and Weeks 3 and 4 after losing to the Ravens and Packers in Weeks 1 and 2. Cousins and the Redskins went 8-7-1 last season to finish in third place in the NFC East behind Dallas and New York, but still, Washington recorded consecutive winning campaigns for the first time that’s happened since 1996-97.
Washington ranked an encouraging 12th in scoring (24.8 ppg) and so-so 19th in points allowed (23.9 ppg). To address some of their needs, the Redskins added veteran linebackers Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain and former Browns wide receiver Terrell Pryor while drafting defensive ends Johnathan Allen and Ryan Anderson although they also lost big play wide receiver DeSean Jackson in free agency.
Philadelphia Vs Washington NFL Week 1 Pick
I don’t know why the Eagles are road favorites against a Washington team they’re nearly identical to in too may ways to count, but for me, Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins are the pick to get the hard-fought home win and narrow ATS cover.
The Skins swept their regular season series against the Eagles last season while winning 27-20 at home and they’ve won five straight against the Birds dating back to 2014 while covering the spread in six straight against Philly. The Underdog in this divisional rivalry is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the Eagles are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road dates against Washington. I’m going with Washington for the outright home win in a thriller!
Pick: Washington 28 Philadelphia 27