If the script sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Every NFL season we’re fortunate enough to see brings a pair of games between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Commanders. These proud franchises have met 174 times with Washington holding an 88-81-5 lead thanks in part to a five-game winning streak by the guys formerly known as ‘The Football Team’, one that stretched from December 2014 to December 2016.
The Birds have seemingly righted the ship and set things back to order, winning both meetings during last year’s regular season. The 175th clash is scheduled for Week 3 of pro football’s regular season on September 25th, but this time around, there’s a twist.
The Commanders are led on offense by Philly’s former franchise signal-caller Carson Wentz. They’ve split their first two games of the current campaign and boast a 1-1 record. The Eagles are 2-0. Yes, Philadelphia stands alone in first place with a win.
If they falter, three of the teams in the NFC East will boast 2-1 records, so everyone will be watching the Dallas Cowboys/New York Giants game on Monday Night Football with a ton of interest.
If you can’t get excited about all of that, you may want to check your pulse.
Best Philadelphia Eagles Bets Week 3
FanDuel favors Philadelphia by 6.5 points. The over/under is set at 47.5 points. Here are three wagers that caught our eye. They may be worth your attention.
DeVonta Smith Alternate Receiving Yards (25+) -470
This one seems too good to be true. Following an opening-weekend game that saw him targeted four times while winding up with zero catches, Philadelphia made sure they included DeVonta Smith in Week 2’s game plan.
He hauled in seven catches for 80 yards versus the Minnesota Vikings, and once the Eagles take the field for a game versus the Washington Commanders, a team that hasn’t stopped anyone, it’s reasonable to believe he’s in for another big day in Week 3.
A.J. Brown Alternate Receiving Yards (40+) -750
A.J. Brown‘s set an Eagles franchise record for yards gained in a wide receiver’s debut by hauling in ten passes for 155 yards. He hauled in five passes for 69 yards versus the Vikings in Week 2.
Matched up versus what’s been a porous Commanders secondary, the chances of him going crazy again are pretty high. We have no problem believing he’ll go for more than 40 yards in Week 3.
Jalen Hurts Rushing Yards (Over 50.5) -114
We’ve seen substantial growth from Jalen Hurts as a passer, but there’s no getting around the fact that he may have established himself as the NFL’s best dual-threat quarterback not named Lamar Jackson. We have also seen no evidence of there being any desire to use his scrambling ability as a weapon.
He’s exceeded 50 yards rushing in 13 of his 21 career regular-season starts including both of the Eagles’ first two games of this season. Versus a division rival that always plays Philly close, one that can’t seem to stop anyone’s offense, it stands to reason that he’ll break the hearts of the Commanders’ defense with a few off-script plays as well.