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Eagles vs Redskins - Week 4 NFL Betting Preview

Redskins Need to “Ground” Themselves Against Eagles

By Charles Jay

The Washington Redskins have an attack that is rather adept at moving the football on the ground, and they are indeed lucky for that. On Sunday they are going to have to put that ground game to work, as they play host to the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC East matchup that is set to get underway at 1 PM ET at FedEx Field in Landover. Following the kickoff, the state-of-the-art software of Live Betting Extra will enable Vietbet customers to place their wagers in real time, and that is just another way to beat those NFL betting lines!

Eagles vs Redskins – Vietbet NFL Betting Line

In the NFL betting lines that have been established on this game by the folks at Vietbet, the Eagles are the road favorites:

  • Philadelphia Eagles -3
  • Washington Redskins +3
  • Over 43.5 points -110
  • Under 43.5 points -110

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Washington has achieved a decent balance between the run and the pass, and why not? They have two guys in the backfield who can rally carry the mail. Albert Morris (199 yards) and Matt Jones (189) are both on hand to make sure the ‘Skins always have a fresh runner in the game.

This is supposed to help Kirk Cousins find some opportunities to hit receivers, and he has indeed connected successfully 69% of the time. But he is not getting the ball down the field, and that is not a cliche. The presence of DeSean Jackson would have helped, and he was indeed licking his chops at the opportunity to face his former team, but his hamstring injury has forced him out of this game, so Cousins will have to wait at least a week longer for him to return.

Here is something that was absolutely unthinkable on the part of Jay Gruden and his offensive staff – Cousins threw the football 49 times in the 32-21 loss against the New York Giants in the team’s last outing, and ran it only 20 times. When you have the kind of running back Washington possesses, you can’t be operating like that, even if the defense you’re facing is capable to slowing down a rushing game. In this case, the Eagles have limited their opponents to only 3.1 yards a carry, but there is an explanation, in that they faced a Dallas team that does not have a breakout back, with the same able to be said about the Atlanta Falcons. Last week, the Jets did not have Chris Ivory to throw at them.

Vietbet patrons should be well-advised that the Eagles have gone “three-and-out” with more frequency than any team in the NFL, and have a league-worst 21.87 yards per drive. It is also a big burden on a defense when you can only hold the ball for 24 minutes per game, as Philly has. In other words, this should be the kind of matchup that is quite amenable to the Redskins’ desire to control the football, as their average time of possession is the highest in the league (three minutes, 20 seconds).

But as we said, running the ball twenty times is not going to get that accomplished here.

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