The Philadelphia Eagles are in the position to return to the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five seasons. This is the 16th game and they can’t afford to slip up against struggling Washington pick on Sunday.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington
Washington will finish the season with a losing record for the fifth year in a row, something that hasn’t happened since posting nine consecutive losing seasons from 1957-1965.
Philadelphia is only 1-4 in one-score games and 5-3 on the road. Washington is 5-3 in one-score games otherwise it would be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft.
After allowing 56 points last week, Washington has allowed the most points in the NFC.
The Eagles (+3300) have the seventh-best odds to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Washington (+37500) is officially alive for the playoffs. It would take some major moxie for anybody who bet online to put money down on Washington to make a playoff run with five NFC playoff spots already spoken for and five teams ahead of Washington for the final two postseason spots in the NFC.
- Game: Philadelphia (8-7) vs Washington (6-9)
- Location: FedEx Field
- Day/Time: Sunday, January 2, 1 p.m. ET
- Television: FOX
|Philadelphia||-3 (-120)||-165||44½ (-110o)|
|Washington||+3 (even)||+145||44½ (-110u)|
The visiting Washington Football Team was listed by the NFL picks against the spread as 10-point underdogs against the Philadelphia Eagles when the teams met on December 21.
Washington used an Antonio Gibson touchdown and a short field goal to jump to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter but Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts ran for two touchdowns and ran for another. His TD pass to Greg Ward midway through the fourth quarter wrapped up the 27-17 win for the Eagles.
The game went over the 39.5-point total on that Ward touchdown snapping a streak of three straight games going over the total.
Next game: vs. Dallas
The Philadelphia Eagles in NFL Week 16 were listed by the Las Vegas odds as 11-point favorites against the visiting New York Giants.
Philadelphia scored 34 straight points after the Giants opened the NFC East showdown with a field goal. Jalen Hurts threw a pair of touchdowns and Alex Singleton returned an interception for a score as the Eagles cruised to the 34-10 for their third win in a row.
The game went over the 41-point total on a touchdown catch by New York tight end Evan Engram with 3:50 remaining.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts (ankle), offensive lineman Nate Herbig (knee), running back Jordan Howard (stinger), defensive backs Steven Nelson (hand) and K’Von Wallace (hip) are questionable. Running back Miles Sanders (hand) is out.
#Eagles Wed practice report (an estimation):
DNP: Fletcher Cox (rest), Jordan Howard (stinger), Jason Kelce (rest), Miles Sanders (hand), K’Von Wallace (hip).
LIMITED: Kenneth Gainwell (ankle), Nate Herbig (knee), Jalen Hurts (ankle), Lane Johnson (rest).
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) December 29, 2021
Defensive lineman Derek Barnett, linebacker Shaun Bradley, defensive back Andre Chachere are on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Defensive lineman Brandon Graham (Achilles), offensive linemen Brandon Brooks (pectoral) and Jack Driscoll (ankle) and linebacker Davion Taylor (knee) are on injured reserve.
Washington Football Team
Next game: at New York Giants
The visiting Washington Football Team was listed by the NFL betting lines as 10-point underdogs against the Dallas Cowboys.
Just 14 days after Washington threw a scare into Dallas, it was a completely different story in the rematch. Dallas scored touchdowns on its last five possessions of the first half and added a defensive touchdown to lead 42-7 at halftime. Dallas would cruise to the 56-14 win in the most lopsided result in the 124 meetings between the NFC East rivals. The 56 points were the most allowed in a game by Washington since 2010.
Dallas topped the 46-point total by itself.
Defensive backs Landon Collins (foot) and William Jackson (ankle), running back Antonio Gibson (toe), receiver Curtis Samuel (hamstring), offensive lineman Brandon Scherff (ankle), defensive end Montez Sweat and linebacker Jamin Davis (illness) are questionable.
Offensive lineman Keith Ismael, defensive lineman Nate Orchard and defensive back Darryl Roberts and kicker Joey Slye are on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Defensive back Deshazor Everett is on the injured reserve/non-football injury list. Linebacker Khaleke Hudson (ankle), running back J.D. McKissic (concussion), tight end Logan Thomas (knee), defensive linemen Chase Young (leg) and Daniel Wise (knee), offensive lineman Tyler Larsen (Achilles) and Wes Schweitzer (ankle) and defensive back Benjamin St-Juste (concussion) are on injured reserve.
Betting on the Game
Washington is 20th and Philadelphia 26th in the NFL in passing yards per game.
Philadelphia rookie DeVonta Smith has 821 receiving yards and is tied for the fourth-best odds (+8500) to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Despite some shaky quarterback play, Washington’s Terry McLaurin needs 101 receiving yards to post his second straight 1,000-yard season.
Philadelphia is 4-1-1 against the spread in its last six games and 6-2-1 against the spread in its last nine games against Washington.
The total has gone under in seven of Washington’s last 10 games and in four of the last five games at home.
Neither team is an offensive juggernaut when healthy and with many of the top offensive players iffy to play this week, the game is trending to go under. It is risky, however, to go that way after Washington just got torched for 56 points the last time out.