NFC Notes: Washington, Coleman, Bets, 49ers, Hurst

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Washington will take on an Eagles’ team already facing key injuries at several spots, as I wrote for in the team’s betting guide. Doug Pederson’s team lost two starting offensive linemen prior to the season and Philly will be without Miles Sanders and Alshon Jeffery in the opener.

Philadelphia remains a 5.5-point favorite but Ron Rivera’s club has a chance to pull the upset. Washington’s defense should be even more improved than the 2019 edition (though they will be without offseason addition Kendall Fuller). Haskins’ decision making will be a key factor, though if he can simply manage the game, Washington has could easily keep it close and give themselves a chance at going 1-0.

Eagles 24-19 is the official prediction in what should be a close game.

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More from the NFC

  • How many touches will rookie running back Antonio Gibson receive against the Eagles? ESPN’s John Keim estimates 15, though he cautions that Washington will rotate their backs. J.D. McKissic is officially listed as the starter.
  • Tevin Coleman isn’t certain to play vs. the Cardinals today, as the running back is concerned with the air quality in California, Adam Schefter reports. “so much is fluid with this situation,” a source tells the ESPN reporter.
  • Free-agent defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah is working out for the 49ers after going through COVID-19 protocol.
  • The buzz out of Falcons camp is that Hayden Hurst will pick up where Austin Hooper left off last season, Vaughn McClure of writes. Hurst could be a nice DFS play today vs. the Seahawks.

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