Eagles football is finally back! That means it's time to dive in and take a look at some of my favorite prop bets heading into the Eagles week 1 match up with Washington. It's always a bit tricky heading into the first week of the season - especially this year without a preseason. Here's my take on some of the best prop bets for the first game of the Eagles season. All odds are courtesy of FanDuel.
Carson Wentz over 1.5 pass TDs (-148)
Wentz threw for 3 TDs in both games against Washington last season. The loss of Miles Sanders should mean the Eagles will be throwing a bit more than usual. Washington gave up an average of 4 passing TDs a game in their final 3 games of the 2019 season. Wentz has thrown 14 TDs in his last 5 games against Washington, for an average of 2.8 per game. I think this one is a pretty safe bet.
Carson Wentz over 22.5 pass completions (-126)
Wentz has over 22.5 pass completions in 7 of his last 8 regular season games. Washington has a new head coach and a new defensive coordinator this season. Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio are known as more defensive minded coaches, but I can see Washington's defense struggle to start the season with limited practices and the lack of a preseason this year.
DeSean Jackson to score a TD (+200)
DeSean was targeted by Wentz 9 times in last season's opening match up against Washington, more than any other Eagles' player. He also hauled in 2 touchdowns and looked electric. Jackson is still as explosive as he's ever been, according to Zach Ertz and I would expect Jackson is able to haul in at least 1 touchdown. Washington's top corner, Kendall Fuller, will be out with a knee injury. That'll most likely put Jackson in quite a few match ups against a familiar face in Ronald Darby.
Terry McLaurin over 63.5 receiving yards (-110)
The Eagles may have improved their secondary with the addition of Darius Slay, but it's hard to ignore McLaurin's dominance against Philadelphia last season. Washington's quarterbacks had a passer rating of 158.3 when targeting McLaurin against Philly, according to Pro Football Focus. McLaurin had 125 receiving yards in his first game against the Eagles and 130 in his second. I expect McLaurin to get most of the targets with Washington's inexperience at receiver. McLaurin had 72 receiving yards against Slay's Lions in week 10 last season.
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