NFL Picks: Will Eagles Make Good on Their Road Favorite Status vs. Redskins?

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:54 AM GMT

Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2015 11:54 AM GMT

The Eagles look to extend their winning form to two in a row when they take on divisional rivals Redskins in the nation’s capital. Will the Eagles come through as the road chalk?

Philadelphia Eagles (1-2 SU, 1-1 away)
Philadelphia Eagles finally etched a W in the win column, behind a 24-17 win over the audacious NY Jets (2-1SU) on the road. The win sees the Eagles improve to 1-2 SU and ATS, but with a negative 1.7-point margin.

It’s too early to suggest the Eagles are back on track when their highly touted offense of the preseason has yet to make its official debut in the regular season, but beating a Jets team that had played well in its first two games with wins over the Browns and Colts in MNF must be a morale-boost, desperately needed by an Eagles side that looked to be fast losing faith in Chip Kelly’s experiment and appeared out of sorts in the first couple of weeks.

Darren Sproles and the Eagles defense must be credited for lifting the Eagles to victory. Sproles punt-return for a score proved to be the catalyst that turned the game on its head and the defense kept the pressure up on Ryan Fitzpatrick, which just energised the Eagles from then onwards.

Now, the Eagles are back in favor with the NFL odds makers after slipping to 3-point road underdogs at closing doors in week 3’s clash with the Jets. Firmly installed as the 3-point road favorites going into the NFC East clash with the Washington Redskins, the spread is also favored further with a -120 price tag across most sportsbooks.

Washington Redskins (1-2 SU, 1-1 home)
The Washington Redskins slipped to their second defeat of the season on Thursday Night Football. Beaten by a familiar foe NY Giants 32-31. Any bonhomie felt for the Redskins with their win over the Rams in week 2 NFL betting is lost now. Especially seeing how the Rams are struggling on both sides of the ball, but nowhere more so than on offense (16-points in two games! Eeek!)

The Redskins are 1-2 SU and ATS with a -1.3-point losing margin. Although their defense is second in the league in total defense, seventh in passing defense with 202.3 yards per game allowed and third in rushing with 75.0 yards per game allowed, they are still essentially a one-win team. And that comes at the expense of the Rams. What does it also say about them that they lost to the Dolphins in week 1 and the Giants in week 3 (both of which are also now thanks to the Redskins one-win teams)?

NFL Betting Verdict:
Sam Bradford talked about the pressure of getting the first win out of the way and how that factored in the early weeks against them in his post-match interview on Sunday. But just because it’s out of the way, don’t think he can relax. There’s a lot of pressure riding on the outcome of this game for both teams and the premium on the win couldn’t be any greater now that the NFC East is in a state of flux.

Cowboys are 2-1 SU and lead the division, but it hangs on tenterhooks now that Tony Romo is out for 8-to-10 weeks. The rest of the field, which is tied on a 1-2 SU mark going into week 4, have all to play for and everything to gain with a W.

Considering the Redskins gave the Giants a leg up in the standings with a win on Thursday, they’ll be keen not to do so again with their second straight divisional clash in as many weeks. Unfortunately, they might not have a say in the matter. On paper, the Eagles are the better team and this is the kind of game that they should be winning, if only to prove all the preseason hype wasn’t misplaced. Eagles are 11-4 SU against the Redskins on the road.

NFL Picks: Eagles -3.0 (-120) at Bet365

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