The team that we used to know as the Washington Redskins has been through an unusual off-season, to say the least. And while that is all still unraveling, they have to play a football game. And they are staking their future on a quarterback who demonstrated that he was not ready to be a starter last year. On Sunday they’ll play host to the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that begins at 1 PM ET at FedEx Field. BetAnySports customers can get reduced juice on this game, offering extra value, and they can place wagers on the contest in progress through Sports Betting Prime.
The “Washington Football Team,” as it is known now, had to abandon its nickname under pressure from Native American groups. And there has been something of a plot to force owner Daniel Snyder out of his franchise, with a number of employees coming forward with sexual harassment charges.
Ron Rivera, who was relieved of his duties with the Carolina Panthers, was hired as head coach and promptly received a diagnosis that he has squamous cell carcinoma. Darrius Guice found himself in the middle of a sexual assault charge and was released. Adrian Peterson was let go as well. Who knows how many quarterbacks we’ll see; Ryan Allen came from Carolina, and Alex Smith, who suffered a career-threatening knee injury a couple of years ago, can actually play now. He’ll likely be mentoring Haskins, as he did with Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City.
It looks like JD McKissic and rookie Antonio Gibson (Memphis) will fill the backfield. And we were able to see what Terry McLaurin was able to accomplish as a rookie out of Ohio State. But who knows; Washington scored fewer points than anyone last season.
The Eagles are the considerable road favorites in the NFL football odds posted at BetAnySports:
Philadelphia Eagles -6
Washington Football Team +6
Over 42 points -110
Under 42 points -110
The “WFT” was gutted a bit, but the Eagles have worked on getting a little more explosive. They went after some speed, and got it in the draft. But the injury bug has really hit. Jalen Reagor, the first-round pick out of TCU, is out. So is rookie Quez Watkins. Marquise Godwin opted out. Alshon Jeffery is not available. Sure, John Hightower, the rookie from Boise State, has impressed everybody. And DeSean Jackson, who got a pass on some anti-Semitic slurs he made publicly, is very much a part of things. But the Eagles, who had planned on going with more three-WR sets, will likely depend on the two-tight end lineup once again (with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert).
Philly’s offensive line is not a strength. The defensive front may be a different story. Head coach Doug Pederson and defensive coordinator like to shuffle a lot of linemen in and out of the lineup to be fresh. And they have a stopper – or so they think – at a corner spot with Darius Slay, acquired last year from Detroit.
Washington was 31st in rushing defense last season (in terms of yards per game allowed), but they did manage to get some quarterback pressure (46 sacks). And they better, as they may have to operate with weak field position if the offense can’t produce. Chase Young (Ohio State star) could help bring this to a new level. Jack Del Rio has been charged with piecing things together on the stop end, and he fills in as head man when Rivera is getting cancer treatments.
We can’t imagine Haskins is going to dent the end zone too many times. But it may be a while before the Eagles are operating at full throttle. We’ll look UNDER here.
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