Line: Eagles -6
The Eagles host the 6-5 Washington Redskins in a huge NFC East divisional matchup that could have major playoff implications. From a betting perspective this could be a very interesting game considering the Skins are getting six points against an Eagles team that has seen its better days. In addition, the 45 point over/under tells me that Vegas is expecting a relatively low scoring game by today’s NFL standards.
Adrian Peterson is essentially the dictator of the Redskins offense especially with the injury to Alex Smith thrusting a turnover prone Colt McCoy into the starting job. AP is averaging 105 yards on the ground in the Redskins six victories, however the Eagles stout rush defense should limit him under the hundred yard mark.
The key to this game will be if the Eagles defensive line can apply pressure to Colt McCoy and force him to make mistakes. Because of the plethora of injuries in the Eagles’ secondary, they are prone to giving up huge plays especially on third down. Therefore, it is imperative players like Cox, Bennett, and Graham get to Colt McCoy before he has enough time to get the ball downfield.
Although Wentz had a three interception game last week, don’t expect the Eagles offense to come out the gate slow tonight. The Redskins have a prolific pass rush led by players like Ryan Kerrigan, but the Eagles have regained a healthy Lane Johnson and Jason Peters which should somewhat negate the Skins’ attack.
Considering the play of the Eagles of this season, I would usually pick against the birds especially with this generous of a spread, but I have a gut feeling eagles are going to win this game by a touchdown or more(and it’s not just because I put money on it). I’m going to take the Eagles -6 to win this ball game. Furthermore, I’m going to go with the under because I believe this will be a defensive battle where one big play will win the game.