I normally do not take favorites in the preseason who are favored by more than a field goal, but this game is an exception. There are lots of new faces at major positions in Washington and this team has something to prove this season. Shanahan has an amazing lifetime record ATS and he will want to make his mark with his new team. Mcnabb will be wearing a new game jersey for the first time in his pro career. While Rex Grossman isn't anyone to get excited about, he is better than what Buffalo have to offer. Haslett will also be the newcomer on the defensive side. While it may be a new system, defenses are usually further along than the offense during preseason. Prediction: Bank WSH -4.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs Philadelphia Eagles - PHI -3
Many of the trends do not favor PHI in their first game of the preseason. However, there are good reasons why those trends could be irrelevant this time around. There are many battles for roster spots at the depth positions - especially at running back (McCoy, Bell, Arrington). Vick is a year removed from his comeback and will have a much better grasp on things than he did last year. Some out of camp are saying he wants to prove himself as a legitimate talent in this league. That is nice to hear on the eve of this game, but I don't believe he will use this game as his reintroduction to the NFL. I do expect him to be playing with a lot of effort though. Frankly, he is lucky to even have this chance after the off-season he's had. Prediction: Bank PHI -3.