Monday Night Football Betting Odds, and Computer Picks Favor Redskins, Texans

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles attempts to avoid the tackle of Lorenzo Alexander #97 of the Washington Redskins during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Monday Night Football bettors get a double dose of odds action in Week 1, which sees one home favorite and one home underdog.

Monday's early bout features Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins as they go against the rival Philadelphia Eagles with new head coach Chip Kelly and his up-tempo offensive attack.

Later, in the West Coast nightcap, the Houston Texans begin what they hope is a march to a conference championship when they visit the San Diego Chargers.

Most NFL betting outlets monitored by listed Washington at around -3.5 over the Eagles, with an over/under of 51. But while that spread held steady in the betting through the weekend, the total had been bet up to 53.

However, the spread had been as high as 6.5 points before lots of money came in on the Eagles.

Also, while most books were lining the Texans at around -3.5 over the Chargers last week with a total of 47, most shops had since bumped Houston to -5.5, according to, and dropped the total to 45.

Washington is coming off a 10-win season with its star rookie at quarterback. Griffin was hurting at the end, though, and suffered that cringe-worthy knee injury in the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. But he's apparently good to go for this season, and hopes are high in Washington.

Philly, on the other hand, stumbled through a 4-12 season last year, let head coach Andy Reid go and replaced him with the guy who had Oregon averaging almost 50 points per game in the college ranks.

Washington swept the two games with the Eagles last year, but Philly quarterback Michael Vick missed both contests.

Houston has won two straight AFC South titles but lost in the divisional round of the playoffs both years, both times on the road. The goal now is to earn a better seed so it can host more playoff games.

San Diego, on the other hand, has missed the playoffs the last three seasons. And after going 7-9 last year, the Chargers also made a change at head coach, finally dumping Norv Turner and replacing him with Mike McCoy, the former offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos.  

ESPN has both games on Monday. The first from Washington begins at 7:10 p.m. ET, and the late show from San Diego starts at 10:20 p.m. ET.


Monday Night Football Predictions: Washington 27-14 | Houston 28-23,  courtesy of picks computer.