The Philadelphia Eagles, fresh off their second loss of the season against the Detroit Lions, look to get back on track against the Washington Redskins. The Eagles beat the Steelers two weeks ago, and suddenly everybody was anointing Carson Wentz the new Ben Roethlisberger. Maybe Wentz carves out a nice career, but if I do recall, Roethlisberger went all the way to the Super Bowl early in his career. It was only his second season starting for the Steelers and they went to Detroit to beat the Seattle Seahawks. Ben added another Super Bowl in 2008 and appeared in another in 2010, only to lose to the Green Bay Packers. The stage is yours Wentz, we’ll see if you can match that. Wentz looks like a quality quarterback, a leader, and a guy that the Eagles could have under center for a pretty long time. But let’s not get crazy here, let’s wait a little while here to start comparing Wentz to Roethlisberger.
He struggled to perform last week against the Lions, as he ran into a hungry team prepared to shut him down. On one end of the spectrum, there was a team feeling great about themselves following the Steelers win. Then there was the Lions who needed a win, or people’s jobs were going to be on the line in Detroit. Head coach Jim Caldwell got a raft and he held in for dear life against the Eagles. I don’t think it was time for the Eagles to lay up and relax, though. The loss sent them their first loss of the season, 3-1, but it’s early in the season, and when you have the chance to beat a team in disarray you have to do it. It’s the kind of loss they may look back on think if they only beat the Lions.
Other than the Steelers, who have the Eagles beaten? Mind you, it’s a big win defeating the Steelers, but their other two wins came against the Bears and Browns. The Browns are a certified train wreck, and the Bears aren’t scaring anybody off. Again, let’s hold back on the Wentz-Roethlisberger talks before he starts winning some games in a snow storm in the winter when the pressure is on. And he may very well be counted on to win a big game in a snow storm this season. The Eagles appear to get a nice bounce back opponent, the Washington Redskins. If only games were decided on simulator mode in Madden, the Eagles would probably have a victory here. I don’t know if it’s going to be that easy, though. Find out my thoughts and get my pick below.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Redskins +3(-105)
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Eagles vs. Redskins Pick:
The Redskins and Kirk Cousins got off to a lousy start to the season. Cousins looked like a lame duck, and the idea of having him as the starter in Washington didn’t look the best. He didn’t look good, Cousins looked downright bad actually. Nobody knew what he was looking at on the field. However, that’s the problem with basing players off such a small sample size. Cousins looked great in his first year as the clear starter for the Redskins, as he passed for 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Since the slow start, Cousins has looked much better and got his numbers in order. He’s passed for 7 touchdowns to 5 interceptions on the season, but still people have that awful start in their head instead of what he’s done late.
In the last three weeks, Cousins has passed for 6 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. That is not a bad stat-line at all. Better than what people assumed I can assure that much. As a team, the Redskins have come back strong as well, winning three straight games to advance to 3-2 in 2016. They have wins over the Giants, Browns, and Ravens. Beating the Ravens on the road was a definite good win, a low scoring 16-10 win for the Skins.
Washington swept the Eagles last season, with wins on the road and at home. In fact, they have three straight wins against Philadelphia, dating back to 2014. Generally, this series has been a close one. Three of the last four meetings were decided by three points. The last win for the Eagles was a 37-34 victory on September 21st, 2014. The Redskins are also 8-2 ATS as a home underdog in their last ten against the NFC East. These divisional games in the NFC East always seem to result in nail biters. The points with the Redskins at home looks like the play to me.
PICK: REDSKINS +3 (-105)