NFL Week 1 Picks: Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Football Team Predictions

Ben Rolfe previews the Eagles @ Washington and analyzes the best bets
Ben Rolfe
Thu, September 10, 7:57 AM EDT

Once again, the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Football Team open up the season against each other in what should be an intriguing game.

Under 42.5 Total Points @ -103

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Football Team Predictions

1u – Under 42.5 Total Points @ -103

 - Washington scored the least points of any NFL team in 2019

 - The Eagles offensive line has been ravaged by injury this preseason

This game is perhaps the single most intriguing to me of the early slate. It may not be the prettiest to watch but we are going to learn a lot about these two teams. The Eagles looked set to have a strong group on offense in 2020, but then lost two key offensive linemen in Andre Dillard and Brandon Brooks. They still have good pieces, but that unit is significantly weakened.

Equally, they are likely to be without Alshon Jeffery and Jalen Reagor in this game. That means Washington can focus their defensive attention on the likes of DeSean Jackson and Zach Ertz. Usually those two would complement nicely with Jeffery and Reagor, with Dallas Goedert making a nice addition. Defenses would then have to pick their poison when it came coverage assignments. As it stands, Washington can easily pinpoint which players to pay close attention to.

Additionally, the Washington defensive line is arguably the best in the entire league. Even at full strength on the offensive line, teams will struggle to handle a group that is talented and deep. Washington will be all over Eagles’ QB Carson Wentz in this one, constantly rushing him and forcing mistakes.

On the other side of the ball the Washington offense is fine, but they are not significantly improved on the unit that struggled last season. The Eagles have a good defensive line and they should make life tough for Dwayne Haskins. Look for the Washington offense to also struggle in a game that has 20-17 written all over it

Washington Football Team +6.5 @ -110

1u – Washington Football Team +6.5 @ -110

 - The strength of Washington is their defensive line, which matches up superbly with the Eagles biggest weakness right now

This is going to be a long day for Wentz, and I fear we see him forced into a couple of costly mistakes. I nearly went full bore and chose my play here to be Washington on the ML, but for now I am going to have them getting the 6.5. This game should be close, and with a Washington I expect will play hard until the end, there could be a late score that brings a sneaky cover, as we saw in the first game last season.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Football Team Latest Odds

Eagles vs Washington Spread: Washington +6.5

Eagles vs Washington Moneyline: Eagles -239, Washington +215

Eagles vs Washington Total Points: 42.5

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Football Team Key Stats (Powered by StatsChecker)

 - The Eagles have won each of their last six games against Washington

 - Each of the Eagles last four road games have gone over the total points line

 - Washington has covered the spread in five of their last six season openers as an underdog against NFC opponents

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Ben Rolfe
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Nov 2020
Record
Wins
3
Losses
3
Push
0
ROI
-4.55%
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