Eagles vs. Redskins Week 1 Monday Night Spread Preview, Picks, Score Prediction
NFC East rivals square off when the Philadelphia Eagles travel to FedEx Field to take on the Washington Redskins in week 1 of the 2013 regular season. This game will be broadcast live in primetime as the early game of the Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader.
Washington is a 4.5 point favorite and would have covered that number in both games against Philadelphia last season. The total in this game has been set at 50 points.
EAGLES – REDSKINS WEEK 1 BETTING LINE:
OPEN: REDSKINS -4.5 | CURRENT: REDSKINS -5 | O/U: 51
1. Why The Eagles will cover the spread: Chip Kelly was brought home back into the Eagles fan base after a disastrous 4-12 season last year. With the optimism comes faith that the offense will be much better with the mastermind from Oregon in charge. Despite the loss of Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles still have plenty of weapons for Kelly to work with. Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, and DeSean Jackson could all be electric in Kelly’s offense and Washington’s defense does have some holes that can be exploited.
NFL teams are legitimately terrified of Kelly’s system and have tried to absorb as much of it as they can through four weeks of preseason action.
2. Why The Redskins will cover the spread: Robert Griffin III is supposed to be ready by the time the game rolls around and he proved himself as one of the most dynamic players in football despite his rookie status last year. If RG3 is even remotely healthy, he could make mincemeat of an Eagles’ defense that was a sieve last season and looked just as lost in their first game of the preseason. Even if he’s not healthy, Kirk Cousins proved himself more than capable as a quality back-up in this league and Alfred Morris has the ability to pound the rock and gash the Philly defense.
3. Total Talk: Philadelphia ended the regular season with three straight games and five of its last six going ‘Over’ the total. Including 2012, four of the Eagles last five preseason games have went ‘Over’ the total as well and dropped at least 20 points in all of those match-ups. Last year, Washington went on a streak of four straight games going ‘Over’ the total to start the season and the lowest total in a Redskins game was 42.5.
4. Betting Trends for Eagles/Skins: Washington covered both games against Philadelphia last year, which isn’t much of a surprise when you consider that the Eagles had the worst ATS record of any team in football last year. The Eagles went 3-12-1 ATS in 2012, and two of those ATS wins came in SU losses. Philly lost 11 of its last 12 SU in 2012 to seal Andy Reid’s fate. Washington was one of the best teams in football, going 11-5 ATS in 2012 and went a perfect 7-0 against the number after its bye week. The Redskins are 3-0 ATS in their last three season openers dating back to 2010.
Philadelphia 28 – Washington 24