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Week 1 of the NFL regular season features an NFC East showdown Sunday afternoon when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the nation’s capital to play the Washington Redskins. The current line on top sportsbooks has Philadelphia favored by 1 point with the over/under point total on 48.

Last season the Redskins missed the playoffs and quarterback Kirk Cousins returns in an attempt to lead the team back to the postseason in 2017. The Redskins beat the Eagles in both head to head games last season extending Washington’s domination over Philadelphia to five straight games.

However, two wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, who were Cousins’ favorite targets, are no longer with the Redskins and Sean McVay the former offensive coordinator is now the head coach of the Rams. Washington did sign Terrelle Pryor a 1,000-yard receiver from last season for Cleveland to help Cousins.

Last season Philadelphia was last in the NFC East after starting strong under rookie quarterback Carson Wentz but eventually losing ground and finishing in the cellar.

During the offseason, Philadelphia surrounded Wentz with talented skill position players by signing Alshon Jeffery a former Pro Bowler at wide receiver and Torrey Smith another talented wide out from San Francisco.

LaGarrette Blount, who scored 18 touchdowns rushing last season with New England, was also signed by the Eagles.

Wentz completed the most passes (379) of any rookie in NFL history last season. However, last season against Washington Wentz was sacked 9 times.

Besides the addition of Pryor at wide receiver, Washington’s Cousins will have talented tight-end Jordan Reed and wide receiver Jamison Crowder as receiving targets. Rob Kelley, a second year running back will lead a young but talented backfield.

Last season, the Redskins averaged over 403 yards per game on offense, which was No. 3 in the NFL, but their defense allowed nearly 378 yards per game. Ryan Kerrigan was the defensive leader at linebacker and has recorded double-digit quarterback sacks for two straight seasons.

Washington cornerback Josh Norman will have the duty of covering Philadelphia’s Jeffery.

Philadelphia is 7-3 against the spread in its last 10 games played on grass.

Washington is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games played overall.

With this free pick, we like Philadelphia to cover.

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Saturday, September 9th, 2017 2017 NFL

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