Philadelphia @ Washington
Recommended Wager: PHI -6.0
-WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is OUT after not practicing all week.
-LT Lane Johnson (ankle) is QUESTIONABLE. He was limited all week.
IR: WR Marquise Goodwin (opt out), G Brandon Brooks (achilles)
Washington Football Team:
-LT Saahdiq Charles (calf) is QUESTIONABLE, but practiced in full on Friday.
-LB Thomas Davis Sr. (calf) is OUT. He did not practice Thursday or Friday.
-CB Kendall Fuller (knee) is DOUBTFUL. He was limited all week.
Spread Breakdown: This stayed around 6 for the most part, but recently shifted to 5.5.
When Philadelphia has the ball
The Eagles returned a similar offense as last year that produced a 14th overall offensive DVOA. Carson Wentz enters his 5th year (wow I’m old). He’s put up PFF grades of 84.9, 79.4, and 76.5 in his last 3 seasons, which all suggest he’s a capable starter. The offensive line is always solid, and will be again this year. They lost All Pro Guard Brandon Brooks, but they get LT Jason Peters back, who spent most of 2019 injured. Their issues will again be at wideout, partciularly with Alshon Jeffery not being able to play. 33 year old Desean Jackson will be the top option. The Eagles should continue to run a bunch of 2 TE sets with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.
On defense, the Redskins should have one of the best defensive lines in football. 2nd overall pick Chase Young is (in my view) the best pass rushing prospect we’ve seen in a decade, and yes, I know who the Bosa brothers and Myles Garrett are. Meanwhile, Ryan Kerrigan has been a consistent force on the edge, and Montez Sweat is a sweet third option (not sorry). Inside, Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, and Matt Ioannidis should be a force to be reckoned with. There issues are at the linebacker spot, where they have nobody, and the secondary, which also has nobody. They had a solid corner in Quinton Dunbar, but he’s with Seattle. Replacing Dunbar is Kendall Fuller, but he’ll miss with a knee injury. It should be a fun battle in the trenches, but I don’t see Ertz and Jackson having issues with this coverage unit.
When Washington has the ball:
The Football Team on offense is fucking brutal. Their line is awful, and they have zero weapons outside of Terry McClaurin. Dwayne Haskins looked like he wasn’t ready for real football yet last year. I do not envy him in the slighest. I have nothing else to add.
There are few teams that can claim to have a better defensive line then Washington, and Philadelphia is one of them. Fletcher Cox continues to be the best power pass rusher not named Aaron Donald, and Brandon Graham is a solid edge defender. Rounding out the group will be Derek Barnett, newly acquired Jason Hargrave, and Malik Jackson. The secondary has long since been an issue, but they’re finally all healthy and added Darius Slay. I like that group to take a big leap forward.
That’s it for now, bitches.