Skins’ & Philadelphia Eagles In WC Battle
A late-season battle in the NFC East highlight’s this Sunday’s early afternoon schedule with the 6-5-1 Washington Redskins going on the road as slight one-point favorites to face the fading 5-7 Philadelphia Eagles in a 1 p.m. (ET) start at Lincoln Financial Field. BetAnySports has set the total line for this game at 48 points and it will be broadcast on FOX.
The Redskins’ playoff chances have taken a hit with back-to-back road losses against Dallas and Arizona the past two weeks. They were able to cover as 5.5-point underdogs in a five-point loss to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, but they came up well short as 2.5-point underdogs with BetAnySports in this past Sunday’s 31-23 loss to the Cardinals. The total went OVER in both of those games and it has gone OVER in Washington’s last five outings.
Cousins is Having Stellar Season
With Kirk Cousins at quarterback, the Redskins are second in the NFL in both passing yards (309.1) and total yards (418.6) a game, but this offense could only manage a total of 333 yards in Sunday’s loss in Arizona. Cousins threw for 271 yards and a score, but his completion rate on 37 passing attempts was just 56.8 percent. Washington’s defense had trouble getting off the field in that game and it is now 24th in the league in yards allowed (369.6).
Philadelphia’s fast start out of the gate has slowed to a crawl the past three weeks with losses to Seattle, Green Bay and Cincinnati. It failed to cover ATS in all three games after getting outscored a combined 85-42. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 41.5-point line in Sunday’s 32-14 loss to the Bengals on the road after staying UNDER in the Eagles’ previous
three contests. The one bright spot is their 4-1 record this season at home both SU and ATS.
Wentz at the Helm is a Bright Spot
Quarterback Carson Wentz is another bright spot as Philadelphia’s new starting quarterback, but has looked like a rookie the past few games. The offense has struggled to move the ball both through the air and his touchdown to interception ratio now stands at 12-11. In Sunday’s loss in Cincinnati, he completed 36-of-60 attempts for 308 yards and one score while adding another three interceptions to his total. The Eagles’ defense is also having its issues with a points-allowed average of 25.3 over its last six games.
While the Redskins desperately need a win to stay in the playoff hunt, I am actually going with Philadelphia as a slight home underdog with BetAnySports in this game. The Eagles are still a tough out on its home field and neither team is in peak form right now.