Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Betting Prediction: Washington +6.5 -110 odds (September 21st 2014)
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The Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) have had two huge comebacks for victories. They came from 17 down to beat Jacksonville 34-17, and 14 down to defeat Indianapolis 30-27. The Washington Redskins (1-1) did not play well in a 6-17 loss to the Texans on the road in their opener, but bounced back with a 41-10 win over the Jaguars last week.
The Redskins are vastly improved over a year ago. I actually believe that the Robert Griffin III injury is a blessing in disguise because Kirk Cousins is the better quarterback. He had the second-best passer rating in the league last week in the win over Jacksonville. Cousins went 22 of 33 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns without any picks to lead the team once Griffin III went down.
What I’ve been most impressed about the Redskins thus far is their improvement on defense. They are only giving up 13.5 points and 232.0 yards per game on the season. They registered a whopping 10 sacks against the Jaguars last week and lead the league in that department. It’s amazing what this stop unit can do when healthy, which wasn’t the case last season.
Indeed, the Redskins went just 3-13 last season, yet they hung tough in both of their losses to the Eagles. They lost 27-33 at home and 16-24 on the road. They put up an average of over 400 yards per game of total offense in the two losses as well.
They should have no problem moving the football on an Eagles defense that is really banged up right now. Mychal Kendricks went out against the Colts last week with an injury and probably won’t be back this week. Najee Goode is on the IR with a torn pectoral muscle. These two linebackers are irreplaceable.
The Eagles have certainly looked vulnerable in their first two games. They trailed 17-0 to the Jaguars before rallying in the second half for a victory. They were also behind 20-6 against the Colts before rallying for a 30-27 win.
They used a ton of energy in trying to make that comeback on Monday Night Football. Now, they will be on a short week against a Redskins team that only had to go through the motions in the second half against the Jaguars and will be plenty rested because of it.
Plays against home favorites (PHILADELPHIA) – team with a poor scoring defense last season – allowed 24 or more points/game, after a playing a game where 50 total points or more were scored are 23-3 (88.5%) ATS since 1983. The Redskins are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game. The Eagles are 7-21-1 ATS in their last 29 home games. Bet the Redskins Sunday.
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