The Philadelphia Eagles (2-0, 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U) clash with the Washington Commanders (1-1, 1-1 ATS, 2-0 O/U) in a week three NFC battle on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles improved to 2-0 after a dominating win against the Vikings last Monday night. The Commanders won the opener but struggled in a road loss to the Lions last week to fall to 1-1. The Eagles recorded a 20-16 win against the Commanders last season.
Eagles Season Off to a Flying Start
The Philadelphia Eagles are one of two remaining undefeated teams in the NFC East along with the Giants. It’s been a promising start for an Eagles team that was quietly one of the best teams in the NFL in the second half of 2021. They were six-point favorites in a 38-35 road win against an improved Lions team in the opener and were only 2.5-point favorites in a convincing 24-7 home win against the Vikings last week.
Jalen Hurts was spectacular last week, amassing 333 passing yards against a decent Vikings defense. He already appears more poised than last season and has 576 passing yards along with a 1:1 TD to INT ratio. Hurts has added 147 yards on the ground. Miles Sanders hasn’t seen a ton of carries, rushing for 176 yards on 30 carries in his two performances. He could be in for a breakout game against a Commanders’ rush defense that has struggled.
A.J. Brown has wasted no time in finding a groove with his new team, bringing in 224 receiving yards in two games. He could be defended by the Commanders' top CB Kendall Fuller. The Philadelphia offense leads the entire NFL with 470 total yards per game.
The Eagles’ defense had trouble with the Lions in the opener but rebounded nicely by shutting down Kirk Cousins and a good Vikings offense. The unit only conceded 265 total yards. Starting CB Avonte Maddox is questionable with a back injury. The pass defense has been stellar, ranking 12th while the rush defense is 20th. The Eagles have scored 62 points in two games, landing them fourth in the league. The defense has conceded 42 points, placing them 15th in the league.
Commanders Defense Struggles in Loss to Lions
The Washington Commanders are looking to regroup after a bad display on defense in Detroit. The Commanders looked great in a 28-22 home win against the Jags to cover the three-point spread but were one-point favorites in a 36-27 road loss against an improved Detroit squad last week. The Commanders were down 17-0 at one point and the comeback attempt was nullified in the later stages of the defeat. The offense was a bright spot in the loss.
Carson Wentz has been productive in two games. The 29-year-old QB has eclipsed 300 passing yards in each game, recording 313 yards against the Jaguars and 337 yards against the Lions, resulting in 650 passing yards and seven TDs. The problem has been picks, tossing three interceptions.
Antonio Gibson hasn’t broken out yet. The 24-year-old RB had 1037 rushing yards in 2021 but only managed 86 rushing yards on 3.1 yards per rush in two games. The Eagles rush defense has been subpar, so he could be in for a breakout performance. Terry McLaurin brought in 75 receiving yards in Detroit and has 133 receiving yards in two games. He will likely be defended by Darius Slay. The Washington offense has opted for the pass in 65% of their plays.
The Commanders' defense hasn’t been as effective as expected. They squandered 383 yards against a young Jaguars offense and were exploited by Goff and the Lions, allowing 425 total yards, and really had no answer for the pass or run. The pass defense is marked 20th while the rush defense is 28th. Keep in mind DE Chase Young is out of action. Washington has scored 55 points in two bouts, landing them eighth. The defense has squandered 58 points, pegging them 27th in the league.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Eagles are looking great through two games while the same can’t be said for the Commanders. Philly scored 38 points against the Lions in week one while the Lions easily beat the Commanders by nine points last week. Jalen Hurts has already proved he is going to be much better than last season. He connected on 83.9% of his passes against the Vikings. The Commanders' defense has been exploited. They rank 20th against the pass and Hurts along with Miles Sanders will shine against a rush defense that stands 28th.
Furthermore, the Commanders 'offense has been productive but this will be the best defense they have seen so far. Wentz is putting up big numbers but has already tossed three interceptions. Philly has a great secondary and Darius ‘Big Play' Slay will do a good job covering Terry McLaurin. Slay just shut down the Vikings' top WR Jefferson last week.
Full-Game Total Pick
I expect a barrage of points. Well, these teams are piling on the points and that should continue, especially from an Eagles standpoint. They scored 38 against the Lions and generated nearly 500 total yards against the Vikings. Washington allowed 22 points against an unproven Jags offense and 425 total yards in Detroit last week.
In addition, Wentz has been a threat. The veteran eclipsed 300 passing yards in his first two games and the Commanders have attempted a pass in 65% of their offensive plays which is one of the highest in the NFL. The over is also 4-0 in the Commanders’ last four September games.