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Redskins line against Eagles in NFL Week 1 seems like a Vegas trick

Redskins line against Eagles in NFL Week 1 seems like a Vegas trick

The Redskins have beaten the Eagles in five straight contests and Washington performed a major defensive overhaul this offseason. The Week 1 line does not exactly show that. 

Bovada.lv installed the Redskins as a 2.5 point favorite over the Eagles for the September 10th contest at FedEx Field. Remember, NFL home field advantage is worth roughly three points to oddsmakers. That means if the Eagles played the Redskins on a neutral field, the Eagles would actually be slight half-point favorites.

The five-game win streak Washington has enjoyed over Philadelphia is great for fans, but it's not worth basing much from a point spread perspective in 2017. Eagles QB Carson Wentz only played in the last two games, and that provides more insight.

The Redskins beat the Eagles twice last year, with Wentz at the helm for Philly, by a combined 12 points. That included a 27-20 win at home in October when the Eagles were still considered one of the NFL's best teams after a hot 3-0 start. In December, Kirk Cousins guided the 'Skins to an important 27-22 road win at Lincoln Financial Field that kept Washington in the playoff race. Ryan Kerrigan made a dramatic strip-sack to end the game as Wentz tried to drive the Eagles down field for a game-winning TD. 

That was 2016, however, and both teams will look different in 2017.

DeSean Jackson had a habit of hurting the Eagles while with the Redskins. Jackson made clear he enjoyed showing the Philly faithful that the organization was wrong to cut him in the 2014 offseason, but this fall, Jackson will be playing in Tampa. 

While the Redskins will have a number of new pieces this fall, so will Philadelphia. The questions will remain if the franchise improved their defensive backfield enough to take a step forward in the NFC East, but they certainly added more weapons for Wentz. Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith signed with the Eagles in free agency, addressing a serious need at wide receiver from 2016.

Washington's overhauled defense should be much improved in 2016. First round draft pick Jonathan Allen should bolster the defensive line, Zach Brown should be an instant boost at linebacker, and D.J. Swearinger should provide some stability at safety. 

Still, offseason additions are just projections until the team's get on the field in August. Much can change between early May and early September. The 2.5 point spread seems a little odd for the Redskins vs Eagles contest, but maybe that's to ensure split action until oddsmakers have a better feel for both teams. 

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

Training camp comes for the Redskins near the end of July, and in mid-June, not much looks overly worrisome. Except for the Trent Williams situation.

As fans well know, Williams missed all of mandatory minicamp amid reports that the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle was upset with his contract. There are also reports that Williams is upset with the Redskins medical staff, and one report that the former Top 10 pick "vowed" never to return to Washington. 

That's serious stuff.

Jay Gruden rotated between calling Williams the Redskins best player and one of the team's most important players when the coach spoke about the situation during minicamp. Regardless of the exact assessment, Williams is obviously important to the Redskins plans for 2019, and how good the team can possibly become. 

Looking to the fall, there are a few probable outcomes for the Williams situation to end. Here's a look at the possibilities:

  1. Redskins trade Trent Williams - This seems like quite a long shot, but not impossible. Williams has started 119 games in Washington since 2010, but just two playoff games in that time. He's a very valuable player, one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, and could obviously draw interest around the NFL. A trade seems quite unlikely, but if a contending team wanted to move for Williams, he might actually want to go. This doesn't seem likely until closer to Week 1, and it doesn't seem likely anyway. The Redskins won't be able to get close to equitable value for Williams on the trade market. 
  2. Redskins cut Trent Williams - There is zero chance this happens. Zero. ZEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
  3. Redskins make it work with Trent Williams - The reality of pro football doesn't bode great for Williams. He's under contract for two more seasons and the salary structure of the NFL means there isn't much money without game checks. All of that suggests Williams arrives for the Redskins somewhere in mid-August, perhaps after training camp in Richmond but well before Week 1 in Philadelphia. That doesn't mean, however, that the 'Skins couldn't make a goodwill offer to Williams. His deal in 2020 holds barely any guaranteed cash, and perhaps making more of his salary a certainty could help him come back to the fold. 
  4. Trent Williams never returns - This seems highly unlikely, but has been reported. Williams seems very angry at the Redskins medical staff based off his Instagram posts, and if he can't trust the doctors, maybe he can't play for the organization. Williams has made a tremendous amount of money during his NFL career, with nearly $100 million in career earnings, so never say never. 

 

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In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

Bryce Love hopes he'll have the opportunity to carry many footballs in his NFL career. But this past weekend, the running back picked up something that'll be just as, if not more, valuable than the attempts he'll be getting on Sundays.

How's a college diploma from Stanford sound? Pretty solid, right?

Oh, how about a college diploma from Stanford in human biology? Yeah, probably something worth hanging up on the ol' fridge, huh?

Well, that very hard-earned and impressive degree is what Love is now in possession of:

Drafted by the Redskins in late-April and walking across the stage at Stanford in mid-June, Love is doing well for himself recently. He passed up the chance to enter the draft early to ensure he graduated, and now he has.

His college GPA isn't known, but once you find out his high school GPA was 4.5 (that's apparently possible) and add that to the fact that he was able to finish up school out west while also churning up yards for the Cardinal, you can imagine it was very, very good. And if his yards-per-carry average as a pro matches or exceeds it, then the Redskins will be thrilled.

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