Zach Ertz NFL Week 1 Betting Preview: Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Football Team

Eagles Look to Keep Streak vs Washington Alive in Opener

The Philadelphia Eagles have won six straight games vs the Washington Football Team, with their last loss coming in December 2016. The Eagles (9-7 SU, 7-9 ATS in 2019) will put that streak on the line as they head to Washington (3-13 SU, 6-10 ATS) for a divisional showdown to start the season.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Football Team
  • Date/Time: September 13, 1 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: FedExField
  • TV Coverage: Fox
  • Sportsbook Odds: Eagles -6 | O/U 45 (Line History)
  • Eagles vs Washington Matchup Report

Sportsbook Odds Analysis

The Eagles opened up as 6-point favorites, but that number can be found between -6 and -7 depending on the book. The total opened at 45 but has fallen to about 43 at most books with a couple of options in the 43.5 to 44.5 range out there.

Philadelphia News & Notes

The injury bug has been biting the Eagles early and often as they have already lost star guard Brandon Brooks and starting left tackle Andre Dillard for the season. Injuries to veteran wideout Alshon Jeffery and rookie receiver Jalen Reagor add to the carnage on offense for Philly.

The Eagles should field a top-half defense and are one of the best-coached and best-managed teams in the league, so they are a decent bet to beat their projected win total of 9.5 for the season.

Keep an eye on tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert in Week 1. As the Eagles deal with so many injuries to their pass catchers, Ertz and Goedert should be locks for a bunch of targets.

Washington News & Notes

The Washington Football Team underwent a full-scale regime change this offseason as they brought in longtime Panthers coach Ron Rivera to replace incumbent Jay Gruden. Franchise left tackle Trent Williams was shipped to San Francisco in the team’s biggest roster move of the offseason, and plenty of questions remain across the rest of the roster entering the season.

Maybe the biggest question surrounds starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who will have to prove himself to a regime that did not draft him in order to keep his job. A fearsome defensive front led by second overall pick Chase Young is promising, but this team lacks talent in several key areas across the roster.

Washington has the eighth-toughest schedule according to opponent win total projections this season and breaking in new staff and schemes on both sides of the ball in a COVID-shortened offseason is not ideal.

Betting Pick: Eagles -6

Six points is a lot to give up in a divisional matchup in Week 1, especially without teams getting the benefit of preseason tune-up games. But we really don’t see Washington keeping up with the Eagles’ far superior roster.

Shark Bites
  • Washington is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games vs divisional opponents.
  • The Eagles are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games in Week 1.
  • Washington is 0-10 SU in its last 10 games vs divisional opponents.
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