Against the Spread Pick
Two NFC East will kickoff their respective seasons here as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins. Washington drafted Dwayne Haskins in the first-round back in April, but they’ve opted to go with veteran journeyman Case Keenum here under center. The Eagles have legit Super Bowl aspirations, and that goal is certainly attainable if Carson Wentz can stay healthy. Wentz has been labeled as injury-prone by many in the media, and he has a lot of people to prove wrong this season. With that added motivation, I think Wentz comes out firing here. Washington was already going to be in a tough spot, and then their offensive line got decimated. Star left tackle Trent Williams won’t play here as he continues to start out, and the team is being forced to start former Giants draft-bust Ereck Flowers at left guard. This one could get ugly, and while I don’t usually like laying it with a spread this large, the Eagles are going to win this one by double-digits.
Over Under Pick
I also like the under here. Washington’s offense is going to be a mess, and I don’t see them scoring much at all. They have a mediocre at best quarterback, poor offensive line, and an uninspiring group of pass-catchers. Philly’s defense was really banged up last year but now that they’re back at full strength they should be a lot better. Fletcher Cox is one of the best defensive linemen in the league, and he’s going to completely wreck Washington’s running game here. The Redskins quietly have a pretty solid defense, so the Eagles won’t be able to do quite enough here to send this one over.