NFL Betting: McNabb and Redskins at Eagles

By: Jimmy Sirody | Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Donovan McNabb

Donovan McNabb makes his first return to Philly following an offseason trade.

Donovan McNabb Bowl 1 takes place Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field when the Washington Redskins travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles.

Most offshore books opened the Eagles as 6 ½-point NFL spread favorites, with the ‘total’ set at 42.

McNabb left Philadelphia as the Eagles’ all-time leading passer in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns. He returns as the quarterback of the Washington Redskins (1-2 SU and ATS), a team in desperate need of a victory to avoid falling out of the NFL playoff chase after just four weeks of the regular season.

Coach Andy Reid appears to have made the right decision by trading his aging quarterback while he still had market value remaining. However, his decision to replace McNabb’s anointed successor, Kevin Kolb, with Michael Vick, is still open to debate despite the early returns.

Vick has put up some very fancy numbers during the first three weeks of the season since taking over as the starter in the second half of the season opener against Green Bay. However, he has been part of a ‘perfect storm’ that has seen him face some of the weakest pass defenses in the NFL.

Vick will look to exploit a Washington stop unit that has surrendered 424 yards per game and has yet to adjust to coach Mike Shanahan’s 3-4 defensive alignment.

The Redskins have converted only six third downs all season and haven’t been able to muster any kind of a running attack, averaging just 74 yards per game, 28th in the NFL.

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Philadelphia (2-1, 1-2) has bounced back to win two straight on the road at Detroit and Jacksonville after dropping its season opener to the Packers to take over the top spot in the NFC East.

The Eagles have won 12 of their last 17 at home, but are just 10-17 ATS over that span. However, they have cashed 18 of 29 as favorites.

Philadelphia is 5-1 ATS in its last six tries versus teams with a losing road record and the Eagles are 8-3 ATS after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.

Washington has lost eight of its past nine road games (5-3-1 ATS), yet they have ‘covered’ at an 18-6-1 clip against division foes as underdogs.

The Redskins have grabbed the cheese at a 7-3-1 clip in the past 11 meetings, cashing in four of the last five in Philly. The dog is 5-1-1 in the last seven showdowns.

Washington has strayed ‘under’ at a 17-7-1 pace as division road pups and ended on the low side at a 6-1-1 clip in its last eight October outings. The Skins have eclipsed the ‘total’ in eight of their last 11 as underdogs.

Philadelphia has slipped below the number at a 20-10-1 rate as favorites off a double-digit win and in 22 of 30 after scoring 28 points or more. In addition, they have dipped ‘under’ at a 20-5-1 pace as home favorites of 3 ½ to 10 points.

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