NFC East Weekly NFL Betting Picks: Week 1
by Dave Schwab - 9/3/2013
A new NFL season gets underway this week, and one of the most competitive divisions in the league this year should be the NFC East. All four teams are within two games of each other in terms of their predicted win total for the regular season, which should keep the division title race tight all the way to Week 17.
Each week of the season I will briefly preview all the games in the NFC East and highlight my top play with the use of Doc’s Sports Unit Betting System. I will be tracking the results as the season progresses with the goal of making at least $1000 profit with my picks.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins (Monday, Sept. 9, 7:10 p.m.)
This week there are only two games on the slate as the new season kicks things off with a bang with a pair of prime time divisional showdowns.Starting with the Monday night matchup at FedEx Field, the Philadelphia Eagles will square off against the Washington Redskins.
For the first time in 14 seasons, Philadelphia will have a new head coach roaming the sidelines on opening day. Chip Kelly with bring his fast-paced, up-tempo style of play to the NFL that helped Oregon become a national power at the collegiate level. Also at the center of Monday night’s matchup are a couple of high-profile quarterbacks that both have something to prove this year. Michael Vick is hoping to resurrect a career that has certainly seen its share a twists and turns over the years. This is probably his last chance to finally live up to all the unmet expectations as an elite quarterback in this league. On the other sideline is what one the most exciting new stars in the NFL in Robert Griffin III. He electrified the crowd last season while leading the Redskins back to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons, but a knee injury that required major surgery during the offseason kept his availability for this game in doubt right up until last week.
The Eagles have been opened by 5Dimes as three-point road underdogs for this contest with the total set at 51.5. They come into this season with a 2-9 record against the spread in their last 11 games, and they have lost 11 of their last 12 games straight up. The Redskins have had their share of trouble with Philadelphia over the past few seasons with a 3-10 SU record in the last 13 meetings. They are 2-4 ATS in their last six home games of this series, and the total has stayed “under” in 13 of the last 19 games between the two.
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sunday, Sept. 8, 8:30 p.m.)
The Giants have been opened as slight +200 favorites to win the NFC East, but Dallas is right on their tails as a +210 second-favorite, so the winner of this showdown will open up a huge early-season edge in the title race. Both teams have a veteran quarterback at the helm with Eli Manning getting the start for New York and Tony Romo once again lining up under center for the Cowboys. The biggest difference between the two is the pressure that has been put on Romo to get this team back to the playoffs. Eli already boasts two Super Bowl rings, so he can afford to have a laid-back approach to the start of a new season. Romo, on the other hand, fully understands that he is under the microscope of Dallas team owner Jerry Jones to turn this around this year after three straight seasons of missing the postseason altogether.
New York is currently listed as a three-point road underdog for Sunday night with the total set at 48.5. It has won six of the last eight meetings SU and is 6-2 ATS as well. The total has gone “over” in six of those games. There has to be some concern with a Giants’ first team offense that failed to click in limited action during the preseason. I am counting on Dallas to take full advantage of this rust to get that all-important first win in the division. The Cowboys’ problems rarely rear their head in September. And despite the past trends in this series, look for them to get all those closet Dallas fans fired up with a big win at home on Sunday night.
3-Unit Play Take Dallas -3 over New York
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