Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Football Team Matchup Preview 9/13/20: Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream
We have ourselves an NFC East matchup for Week 1 as Philadelphia will travel to Washington. Oddsmakers have this one set at 43 for the over/under and the Eagles are six-point favorites. Not much of a surprise as the Washington Football Team has lackluster weapons outside of Terry McLaurin and will be facing a revamped Eagles secondary. They also have one of the top front sevens to deal with and the Washington offensive line is a question mark. As for the Eagles, they are already dealing with injuries to the receiving core and will miss Jalen Reagor. Alshon Jeffery is out for the foreseeable future. Washington made a surprise move by cutting Adrian Peterson and this opens up plenty of potential touches for Antonio Gibson. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Time: 1:00pm ET
Location: FedExField – Landover, MD
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Philadelphia Eagles: Alshon Jeffrey (D), Jalen Reagor (D), Miles Sanders (P), Lane Johnson (Q)
Washington Football Team: Kendell Fuller (Q), Fabian Moreau (Q)
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The Philadelphia Eagles had an eventful offseason where they grabbed one of the top cornerbacks in the game via trade. Darius Slay will give them a true number one corner. Also adding Nickell Robey-Coleman, this secondary should be vastly improved. Philadelphia ranked 15th in DVOA against the pass and 3rd against the run. This front seven is a tough one to deal with, especially with Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett on the edges. You also have Fletcher Cox who is one of the top defensive tackles. The Eagles defense will have one of their easier matchups as the Washington Football Team has a second-year quarterback who has very few games under his belt. The opposing offensive line did not get any better and outside of Terry McLaurin, they are dealing with a lackluster receiving core. Philadelphia’s defense should come out strong.
Much like the defense, the Eagles had a glaring need on the offensive side. They drafted Jalen Reagor as a guy to help fill that need, but he will miss at least the first game of the season. Alshon Jeffery is also dealing with an injury. This leaves DeSean Jackson, Greg Ward, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Jackson is the name I expect them to rely on the most, but the tight ends are going to see a bulk of the targets. Both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are mismatches against this Washington defense. Boston Scott and Miles Sanders will also see work in the passing game. With the lack of depth, Doug Pederson will do what he does best and get creative with his options. Sanders is projected as ready to go for Week 1, but Scott should get worked in to keep Sanders’ workload at least around the 15-18 touchmark.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
Washington Football Team Analysis
There have been a lot of moves to the Washington backfield over the last week. Adrian Peterson was cut and that opens the door for Antonio Gibson to be the starter. Gibson is a rookie and was taken 66th overall. He excels in the passing game and this bodes well for his value. However, the full workload has never been there in college and on the ground is a different game in the NFL. Washington will back up him on Sunday with J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber. Bryce Love is sitting lower on the depth chart and his status is still up in the air for where he fits in. The running backs will have a tough task on Sunday facing what was the third-best run defense in 2019.
Washington’s defense ranked bottom five in DVOA against the run and the pass in 2019. Their front seven got a lot better with the addition of Chase Young, who gives them another strong edge rusher. Young is obviously expected to make a year one impact, and the front seven will need to get pressure on the quarterback to help out this secondary. One of the bigger question marks for the Washington Football Team is who can emerge out of this receiving core? Steven Sims was able to finish the last few games of 2019 on a strong note. However, Washington is missing a second threat for Haskins.
Washington Football Team Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: DeSean Jackson To Torch Secondary
Starting with the quarterbacks, I don’t have a ton of interest in either on this slate. Carson Wentz in an Eagles stack is worth a look of course, but just tough to use him in multiple lineups over some of the others on this slate. Antonio Gibson is a wait and see back for me, plus the matchup is not an easy one. The Eagles allowed the 8th fewest PPR points to opposing backs last season. As for the Eagles backs, Miles Sanders is reported as ready to go. Washington allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs last season, however, touches are iffy for Sanders if they are going to ease him back in. Boston Scott and him splitting a workload on Sunday aren’t appealing for fantasy.
The Eagles pass-catching options are very much in play here. DeSean Jackson is at least healthy for now and gets a great matchup with some slower Washington cornerbacks. Jackson is not badly priced on any of the three major DFS sites. Zach Ertz is a great pivot from George Kittle. Ertz will see plenty of targets, and Washington allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends last season. Washington’s options are a pass. The Darius Slay addition is going to make this a tough one for Terry McLaurin, and he is the only Washington wide receiver I will have interest in this season. The Eagles defense is very much in play for fantasy football as well.
Spread: PHI -6
Washington ML: +230
Philadelphia ML: -280
The Eagles have won the last three meetings, going 2-1 ATS, and have averaged 31 points in those games. It has been a pretty easy task to score on Washington for this squad, but that might change this year. This Washington defense has improved their pass rush. Week 1 can always be a bit weird and 2020 could be as a whole with the unusual lead into the new season with no preseason and the world turned upside down. The Eagles were a team that struggled in the first half of last season and the offense just wasn’t right. I expect them to lean on the tight ends here, and DeSean Jackson has a great matchup as mentioned above. Philadelphia should cover this game as I am banking on the defense being able to limit an inexperienced quarterback and the matchup favors the Eagles secondary against this set of playmakers.