- Evan Abrams, Betting
The first leg of the "Monday Night Football" doubleheader has Michael Vick, Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles traveling to Washington to face Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. Not only is it RG III's first game back from a torn ACL, but it is Kelly's NFL much-anticipated coaching debut as well.
Griffin performed well versus the Eagles last year, throwing for five touchdowns with only one interception, rushing for 88 yards on 14 carries and going 2-0 against the spread and straight up.
According to ESPN Insider's PickCenter, 58.9 percent of the public is on the Redskins at -3.5, but TeamRankings currently lists the Eagles +3.5 as a 56.1 percent confidence rank -- their highest prediction for the three games among Sunday and "Monday Night Football" this week.
Last season, the Eagles were an NFL-worst 4-12 ATS, including 3-5 on the road, while the Redskins were tied for an NFL-best 11-5 ATS record (5-3 ATS at home).
In the later game, the Houston Texans travel to take on the San Diego Chargers. Houston's 2012 season ended in Gillette Stadium in the divisional round of the playoffs with a 41-28 loss to the New England Patriots, while the Chargers' season never really got off the ground; they finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs altogether.
Philip Rivers has been the starting QB for seven season in San Diego and owns a 24-24 mark ATS. The Chargers and Texans have faced each other four total times since 2002, with San Diego taking the series matchups 4-0 SU and ATS.
The Texans started the 2012 regular season 11-1 SU and 8-4 ATS, but finished the year 2-4 SU and ATS including the playoffs. San Diego finished the regular season 1-6 ATS in its final seven home games (7-9 ATS on the season) and is 5-11 ATS in its past 16 home games dating back to the beginning of the 2011 regular season.
If you are looking for a trend for the total, the over in Chargers and Texans games is a combined 27-12 in their past 39 games played in September.
Let's turn now to line and total analysis from Jay Kornegay of the Las Vegas Hotel and an ATS pick on the games from four handicappers.
Spread: Opened Washington -5.5; now -3
Total: Opened 51; now 52.5
PickCenter Consensus Pick: 58.3 percent on Redskins
1dDoug Clawson, ESPN Stats & Information