Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins: Preview and Pick
5 Replies | 536 ViewsOn 09/02/2013 11:42 AM in NFL
There is no other game that is bigger in the first week of the regular NFL season than the Monday Night Football game. That is why the league decides to always have a double header on the opening night of the year. The first game will feature the rebuilt and reloaded Philadelphia Eagles against the Washington Redskins and one of the most exciting players in the league in Robert Griffin III.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins Odds
The latest odds on the first Monday Night football game have the Redskins listed as (-3) point favorites although the line opened up as (-4) in most places. This line will fluctuate and change leading up to the kickoff and the announcement of the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins.
Although the Redskins have still not made it official, quarterback Robert griffin III is all but guaranteed to be under center for the start of the season. Head coach Mike Shanahan has held out the young superstar all of the NFL preseason as he recovers from a devastating injury. RG3 has been chomping at the bit to play and has even been fined and in hot water for comments he has made about not playing. Since Shanahan has suggested the goal for the Redskins is to win the Super Bowl, there is no need to speculate, RG3 will start this game. Therefore if you want to get this line at a low number and like the Redskins then now is the time to get this number.
A case could be made for the Eagles as they enter this divisional matchup. Chip Kelly is the new coach of this team and he brings in new systems that has been well received by the team and especially quarterback Michael Vick. Vick has looked great in the preseason and has won the starting job. If Vick can stay healthy he can thrive in this system and so could running back LeSean McCoy.
The Eagles may have problems on defense but could score with the Redskins. The NFL betting trends for this prime time affair are stunning. The Eagles are 7-18-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 26 games on grass, 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September and 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 against the NFC.
The Redskins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The return of RG3 and the debut of Chip Kelly make this game worth the watch.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.