With a win Sunday and with a Minnesota Vikings loss to Chicago, the Eagles can elbow their way into the postseason via the NFC sixth seed. This didn’t seem possible a few weeks ago, but Nick Foles has replaced an injured Carson Wentz and led the Eagles (8-7) to consecutive wins against the Rams and Texans.
Washington is at the end of its tailspin and has no playoff spot within reach. Down to their fourth quarterback, Josh Johnson, the Redskins (7-8) have lost five of their past six games and haven’t scored more than 16 points in any of their past three games.
Here’s how the game shakes down for NFL betting fans.
The Eagles scored a 15-point win over the Redskins a few weeks ago at home, and while they’ve seen a significant improvement in health, the Redskins can’t say the same.
Johnson is their fourth quarterback and his last appearance in NFL game before this season came in 2014. Jay Gruden has tried to lean heavily on the run to keep Johnson from having to throw too much but even a 119-yard effort from Adrian Peterson last Sunday couldn’t get Johnson to complete more than 57 percent of his passes or avoid throwing two interceptions.
Peterson ran for 98 yards against the Eagles in the first meeting but 90 came on one carry. Middle linebacker Jordan Hicks and defensive tackle Tim Jernigan didn’t play in that game but should play Sunday, giving the Eagles more ammo against the run.
The Redskins placed tight end Jordan Reed on IR this week, taking away another offensive threat. They also released safety D.J. Swearinger, who was leading the team with four interceptions.
Washington just doesn’t have enough firepower to score with a red-hot Eagles offense and isn’t good enough defensively to stay within a touchdown of the Eagles. Grab Philadelphia and give the points at 888Sport.
Foles showed that his slaying of the Rams two weeks ago wasn’t a fluke as he one-upped that effort by passing for 462 yards and putting 32 points on the board in a win over Houston.
The biggest difference in the offense with Foles pulling the trigger is the downfield threat he’s bringing. Carson Wentz thrived on the deep ball in 2017 but wasn’t driving the ball consistently this season, which might be related to his back injury.
Foles has always thrown a terrific deep ball and he’s given more opportunities to Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor downfield.
A week after Foles connected with Jeffery eight times for 160 yards, Foles found Agholor five times for 116 yards against the Texans, including an 83-yard touchdown pass. Redskins corner Josh Norman will likely draw Jeffery.
But Washington has always struggled to defend Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz, who went for 83 yards on nine catches in the first meeting, and without Swearing they’ll be more vulnerable against Agholor from the slot.
The combo of Eagles running backs Josh Adams and Darren Sproles also presents problems. Sproles has three touchdowns in his last four games since returning from a lengthy injury stint. Adams rushed for 85 yards on 20 carries against Washington earlier this month.
Washington’s offense won’t be able to generate many points but mobile quarterbacks have given the Eagles problems this year, so the Redskins should be able to put up some numbers. Bet the over with Betfair.
The Texans haven’t scored more than two touchdowns on the road against a non-division opponent this year. In general, they’ve done it just once – a four-TD road game against the Colts earlier this Week 4. They’ve since scored just two in every road game.
The Eagles have scored more than three touchdowns just once this year, on the road. At home, they’ve scored more than two touchdowns just once. So, don’t expect an explosion from either offense.
The Eagles have allowed just six passing touchdowns in seven home games, a major threat to the Texans, who live by the air. Houston has 24 passing TDs this year compared to just eight rushing.
Bet under 5.5 total TDs at -190 with Karamba.
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