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Week 3's betting lines are out and the Eagles are a touchdown favorite over the Washington Redskins this week on their home field. Some Redskins fans may be offended by the spread (if so be happy, because if you are right you can make some money on this), after the Redskins blew out the Jaguars this past week and showed that their offense can move the football. The reality is this is a pretty fair spread considering the Eagles offense, and the fact that they are home. The fact that Robert Griffin III is out and Jordan Reed is likely to miss the game as well, probably isn't helping the Vegas odds. I like Kirk Cousins and Niles Paul as much as anyone, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to bet on them without getting some points.
For me this is a favorable line if you want to wager on the Redskins this week. Getting 7 or 6.5 points is pretty good in an NFL game. In fact only two other games have higher spreads this week (two others are at 7 as well). The Redskins also have shown signs of being a much improved football team this year from their 3-13 record a year ago. Their offense can move the football and should be able to put up some points against an Eagles defense that has shown some issues this year. Defensively they look quite improved this season, and the added pressure that they are generating can lead to turnovers.
Now this is not to say that Vegas is completely wrong and the Redskins will have a cake walk this week, but rather that this game should be closer than they believe. It's going to be tough to slow down this Eagles offense, particularly in their home stadium, and come away with a win here. But getting 7 points here is worth the risk.
Not surprisingly the Redskins vs Eagles have one of the highest Over/Unders this week as the Eagles high powered offense is at home and the Redskins are coming off a 41 point showing against the Jaguars. Normally I don't like taking Overs in the upper 40's or low 50's in the NFL, but this is one that I think is worth taking.
Three of the four games these two teams have played this season have gone over 50 combined points. Also, while there are obviously differences from a year ago, if you look at the average points for and points against for both the Eagles and Redskins in 2013, they were both over 50 points combined. Even if both of these teams are improved some, there is little reason to suggest that this game won't be a high scoring affair.
5 Prop Bets: Let us know in the comments which of these you'll take- (note these are my own prop bets and not from any site):
1. Who will score the first TD of this game? And for each team?
2. Will DeSean Jackson have over 100 yards receiving?
3. Can the Redskins hold LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles under 200 combined yards (not including return yardage)?
4. Will any Redskins player have more than 1 sack in this game?
5. Will Kirk Cousins throw for over 300 yards?