Bet Nick Foles & Eagles to Win SU & ATS for Week 3 NFL Picks

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:36 PM GMT

Philadelphia Eagles are off to a flying start on the season, looking to make it 3-0 against the injury-hit Washington Redskins in week 3 NFL betting. Find out what NFL odds are currently in swing and what choice NFL picks we’ve selected. 

Washington Redskins Win Without RGIII
Washington Redskins remarkably avoided the dreaded 0-2 start on the season when they routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-10, despite RGIII being ferried off the field with a broken/sprained ankle early in the first quarter. ‘Remarkable’ might not be an appropriate word here – how remarkable is beating a hapless Jacksonville Jaguars really? Consider Jacksonville were 4-12 SU last season, one of the worst SU records in 2013, bar Houston (2-14) obviously. What’s more, they were 5-10-1 ATS last season, a mark they’ve now improved to 5-12-1 on the back of two blowout defeats to start the season with: 34-17 defeat to Philadelphia and 41-10 to Washington. To put it bluntly, the Jaguars practically gift-wrapped the “W.”

Of course, this isn’t to say the Redskins don’t deserve plaudits. On the contrary, they do. And no one more so than Kirk Cousins who took to the new offensive scheme like duck to water. Better than RGIII by far as from the moment he took the field the Redskins perked up. What was a tepid offense under RGIII that produced just six points on opening day lit up with Cousins at centre and produced five touchdowns all together (two touchdown passes from Cousins) and two field goals. Cousins went 22-of-33 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Total offense amounted to 449 yards (258 passing and 191 rushing – there was no abandoning the running game in this clash). Cousins’ efforts lifted the Redskins to fifth overall in net total yards and improved their average points per game to 23.5 (putting them at 11th overall in the league).

 

Philadelphia Eagles and Nick Foles the Real Deal?
Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0 after twice coming back from behind to win huge. Eagles opened their season in Jacksonville where they got off to a sluggish start and quickly fell behind 17-0. However, they settled into the game in the second half and Nick Foles finally tapped into the form that saw him record astronomical numbers last season, igniting the Eagles offense to put up 34 unanswered points in the second half for the 34-17 victory. Foles went 27-of-45 for 322 yards and two touchdowns, all while laying the points as the 10.5-point favourites on NFL odds.

Monday Night saw Foles take on a familiar college foe in Andrew Luck. Curiously, pre-game chatter focused on Luck’s impressive record of never losing two in a row since his pro-football career began, and one would have to go back to his college days with Stanford to find such a negative streak on his resume. What many failed to point out was the fact that the QB who had dealt Luck his second straight loss in his college heydays was none other than...drum roll...Nick Foles. In 2009, Luck and the Stanford Cardinal were on a two-game road stretch that resulted in back-to-back defeats – 38-28 defeat by Oregon State and then a 43-38 defeat by Nick Foles and the Arizona Wildcats.

Tale told Nick Foles proved a thorn in Luck’s side once again as he dealt the impressive quarterback his first, back-to-back defeat since taking over the starting role in Indianapolis. Foles went 21-of-37 for 331 yards and a touchdown as he lifted the Eagles to their second come-from-behind win in the season. As a result, the Eagles are both 2-0 SU and ATS going into week 3.

As well, the Eagles lead offensive charts going into week 3. They are top of the table with 878 net total yards, all while averaging a league high of 32.0 points per game. They are also first in the league with 439 yards per game, second with 328.5 passing yards per game, and ninth with 136.0 rushing yards per game.

 

NFL Betting Verdict 
This is a divisional game with divisional implications for two sides that many thought were legitimate contenders for the NFC East title as it stands, the Eagles (2-0 SU) are winning that race and in control of the table.

The Eagles enter their home affair as the correct NFL betting favourites to win straight up and the 6.5-point favourites. The fact that RGIII is out with injury gives the Eagles a huge advantage, not that they needed it really. Let’s not forget RGIII was visibly struggling since preseason and he wasn’t good at all in his opener, looking more confused than comfortable in the new offensive scheme.

We can’t go so far as to say his absence is a blessing in disguise for Redskins fans. Granted, Kirk Cousins, who played much better in week 2, could make a game of it in Philadelphia. Beating the Eagles though is going to be tough. Putting up 31 points against the Jaguars is one thing, it remains to be seen how well he’ll perform against the most potent offense in the league right now.

The Eagles are 7-3 SU in their last ten meetings with Washington Redskins and a dazzling 5-1 in their last six at home going back to November last year when Nick Foles permanently assumed the starting role. Last season, Foles led the Eagles to a 24-16 win over Washington at home.

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