Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Football Team Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz could use a good start to the season
- Dwayne Haskins must step up and begin playing at an NFL level
- Fans want to see former OSU defensive end Chase Young play NFL football
Eagles vs Washington Football Team Odds
|Philadelphia Eagles||-6 (-110)|
|Washington Football Team||+6 (-110)|
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Eagles vs Washington Predictions and Picks
It will be a total shocker if the Philadelphia Eagles can’t beat the current Washington Football team by at least a touchdown, though that’s assuming veteran QB Alex Smith won’t be under center, who, healthy, could be capable of squeaking out a win here.
Eagles -6 (-110)
How to Watch Eagles vs Washington Week 1
|Eagles vs Football Team Information|
|What||Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Football Team|
|Where||FedEx Field in Prince George’s County, MD|
|When||Sunday, September 13, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX|
This classic NFC East rivalry between the Philadelphia Eagles and the newly renamed Washington Football Team could become a one-way affair going the Eagles’ direction if Washington continues on their downward spiral.
Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz could use a good start to the season, and a divisional win here would give him that, the young team leader hoping he can finally prove he can stay healthy enough to take his teammates the whole distance.
The Washington squad is not predicted to be sensational in 2020, but it will be fun to watch rookie defensive end Chase Young finally get his feet wet in the NFL, most likely at Wentz’s expense.
Take a look at our predictions and picks for the most exciting games of NFL Week 1.
Can Carson Wentz Stay Healthy For a Full Season?
Carson Wentz has one of the best arms in the league, and his football IQ is off the charts, so the only thing keeping him from an on-field Super Bowl appearance is whether he can stay healthy for all sixteen games and further.
Wentz has lots of receiver help –Alshon Jeffries, DeSean Jackson, John Hightower, and tight end Zack Ertz – but another key to the Eagles success will be to keep all of them healthy and suiting up every week, too, which didn’t happen last year.
Now serving as Wentz’s backup is rookie Jalen Hurts, but nobody wants to see the young superstar before he is ready to play at the NFL level, and that is going to take plenty of time holding a clipboard on the sidelines learning by watching, and being tutored by a proven veteran like Wentz.
Will Haskins Finally Acclimate to the NFL?
It’s time for Dwayne Haskins to step up and begin playing at an NFL level, his rookie season last year stretching across seven starts when he posted 119 completions for 1365 yards and 7 touchdowns and a completion percentage of 58.6 that could stand some improvement.
Haskins has an incredible arm and some worthy targets in receiver Terry McLaurin, Dontrelle Inman, and Steven Sims Jr., and now he can also count on soft handed running back Peyton Barber as another receiving target working out of the backfield.
New head coach Ron Rivera must continue Haskin’s development in the NFL, but it wouldn’t upset anyone if Alex Smith began to slowly see some playing time, though the thought of him reinjuring his leg makes his on-field reappearance seem unlikely anytime soon.
Eagles Key Player: (WR) John Hightower
Last season, Eagles rookie receiver John Hightower played for Boise State and caught 51 balls for 943 yards and 8 touchdowns, plus he ran the ball 16 times for another 154 yards, his second of two seasons as a Bronco.
The Eagles have high expectations for Hightower, even listing him as one of their starters before the season even starts.
Hightower could very well benefit from who he lines up with, since defenses will double team Jeffery and Jackson at the beginning of the season, so a good game plan could take total advantage of that until defenses begin to catch on.
Football Team Key Player: (DE) Chase Young
Another key rookie acquisition that fans can’t wait to see on an NFL field is former Ohio State Buckeye defensive end Chase Young, who is expected to be an immediate contributor in the league the way his former teammate, Nick Bosa, was his rookie season in 2019 for the 49ers.
Last year for OSU, Young posted a whopping 16.5 sacks, with 40.5 total sacks over his three seasons as a Buckeye, also with 7 forced fumbles and 3 passes defended on top of 46 total tackles, 21 of those for a loss.
Washington could use a sacking expert like Young to step up in this one since Wentz will still be rusty from not playing in the preseason.
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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager.