Philadelphia Eagles Vs Washington ??? – NFL Week 1
Although we still have no idea when – or even if – the 2020 NFL season will get underway thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to wreak havoc in the US and abroad, that hasn’t stopped NFL bookmakers from releasing week one betting lines to, at the very least, give football bettors something to dream about. So with the NFL Draft now behind us, and training camp approaching in the not-to-distant future, let’s look ahead to better times when tailgate parties are plentiful and the betting-lines long.
While it’s true that I have both the Philadelphia Eagles and the team currently known as the Washington Football Team (owner Dan Snyder really missed a golden acronym opportunity not switching the order of those final two words) pegged as ‘under’ teams when it comes to season-long win totals, readers of the blog will know these were two of my least confident calls this off-season; in fact, Washington was the only team-total I legitimately flipped a coin for because it was just that close for me. And now, as if those weren’t big enough struggles on their own, I’m now left with the unenviable task of choosing between them in a week one matchup nobody outside those two cities is interested in seeing. The question, obviously, isn’t who the better team is, we all know that honor belongs to the Eagles. Rather, what we as sports bettors have to attempt to figure out is which side presents the bigger betting value when it comes to the spread, which currently sits at Philadelphia -6 indicating the Eagles are 9 point favorites when accounting for the standard -3 point hit for being the away team.
For Washington fans the positives are clear: Ron Rivera is a huge step up from the two-coach combo the Redskins rolled out last season, new offensive coordinator Scott Turner can do nothing but improve some of the horrific play-calling decisions that plagued Washington’s offense in 2019 (hint: more play-action!), and adding some TE talent in the (hopefully) healthy Richard Rodgers and Logan Thomas might provide Haskins with the security blanket he so desperately needs. Additionally, with all three of Washington’s top three wideouts being rookies last season, the hope is that 2020 will see a significant upgrade in their collection abilities. Drafting the versatile pass-catching RB/WR/KR Antonio Gibson could also end up being a big boost to Haskins in the passing-game if the rookie can replicate some of his college success out of the backfield.