Philadelphia Eagles (9-5 SU, 8-6 ATS) vs. Washington Redskins (3-11 SU, 4-10 ATS)
NFL Week 16
Date and Time: Saturday, December 20, 4:30pm EST
Where: FedEx Field – Landover, MD
TV: NFL Network
by Bob, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: PHI +9/WAS -9
Over/Under Total: 51
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This Saturday, that is right, Saturday, we have an NFC East showdown between two rivals. The 9-5 Philadelphia Eagles will travel into Landover, Maryland to take on the 3-11 Washington Redskins. This will be the second game between these two teams in 2014. In week three, the Redskins went into Philly and lost a close one 37-34 to the Eagles. Since that time however, the Eagles have become one of the NFCs best teams, while Washington has completely fallen apart.
Due to the success of the Eagles and the mess that we call the Washington Redskins, the line is set at 9 points in favor of the Eagles. The total points are set at 51. Against the spread this season, the Eagles are 8-6 while the Redskins are 4-10. Last I checked yesterday, 69% of the betting action was on the Eagles to cover the spread. It was also evident that many felt the game would go over the total of 51 as well.
Even though the Eagles are coming off a home loss to the Dallas Cowboys, they are still in the playoff hunt and could potentially win the NFC East as well. The Eagles offense is really good. Going on I believe six weeks now, Mark Sanchez has been able to keep the offense clicking. The Eagles are ranked 7th in the NFL in passing yards, and their run game has finally gotten going as well, now ranked 8th in the league. On the defensive side of the ball however, Philly needs to improve if they plan on winning a playoff game, or making a run for an NFC title. They are ranked just 28th against the pass, and also rank in the lower half of the league against the run. I believe that the Eagles should have no problem winning this game, but in order to get the cover, they need to compete on both sides of the ball. If the Eagles can slow down RG3 and the Redskins offense, this game could be over mid way through the 3rd quarter. If not, it could be a close one to the end.
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The Washington Redskins are a complete mess. From protestors wanting to change their name for PC reasons, to their QB situation, they just cannot catch a break. At 3-11 this season, they find themselves competing for a top 5 NFL Draft pick rather than a playoff berth. This Saturday, Robert Griffin III will again be the starter for Washington because of a neck injury suffered by Colt McCoy. Griffin NEEDS a good showing, in a bad way. We could very well be witnessing the end of the RG3 era in Washington, and if he does not improve he may be playing Canada soon. Remember when people debated whether he or Andrew Luck was the better draft pick? LOL. Jeez. Washington has now lost six straight games and their schedule is not getting any easier. The crazy thing about the terrible record for Washington is the fact that statistically they are not that bad of a team. They rank 10th in the NFL in passing, and their defense ranks 7th against the run. But, with all that said, this team flat out stinks. If Washington plans on beating the Eagles, they need to control the ball. RG3 needs to lead the Skins on long TD drives and also, avoid turnovers. If Philly is given easy scores, then Washington can call it quits because they will not win this game.
Almost 70% of the money is on the Eagles. The game is played in Washington. Hmmmm. Very interesting if you ask me. I think that anyone who is taking the Eagles is a complete square. Home field in the NFL is huge…ask Buffalo and Green Bay. I like Philadelphia to go into Washington and get the win, but I think it will be a lot closer than most think. I sense a 24-21 type win for the Eagles.
Bob’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: PICK THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS +9 AND UNDER THE TOTAL POINTS OF 51