2014 NFL Week 16 - Eagles vs. Redskins Betting Odds Preview

Line: Eagles -7.5

In this NFC East matchup the 3-11 Washington Redskins face off with the 9-6 Eagles with the Redskins. The Eagles faced the Cowboys last Sunday Night in a matchup that would determine first place in the division and came up on the short end of a 38-27 score. Their defense has been much improved since the middle of the season but on this night they were unable to stop the Cowboys offense, especially star wide receiver Dez Bryant who had a career day against the Eagles secondary with 6 catches for 114 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Eagles will need a bounce back game from their defense overall, especially from cornerback Bradley Fletcher who was beat by Bryant for all 3 touchdowns. The offense eventually put 27 points on the board but did not score until after they were down 21-0. Quarterback mark Sanchez continues to show why he was booed out of New York as he went 17/28 passing for 252 with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The team will start him again at quarterback this week but are hoping to get back injured starter Nick Foles in the event they make the playoffs. Running back LeSean has been inconsistent by his standards this season; he finished with 16 carries for 64 yards. Backup running back has taken on the role of goal line running back and he had a touchdown on each of his carries. Jeremy Maclin continued his Pro Bowl season with 4 catches for 98 yards and was the lone bright spot in a dismal passing game.

The Redskins are finishing out an awful season and have had a revolving door at quarterback. Robert Griffin is the likely starter this week after being benched in favor of Colt McCoy last week. After suffering a broken ankle Griffin returned to the lineup a few weeks back and was largely ineffective. It is unlikely that the Redskins will look to fire head coach Jay Gruden in only his first season so Griffin may be playing for his roster spot next season. He went 18/27 for 236 yards and a touchdown in relief of an injured McCoy in last weeks 24-13 loss to the Giants. Alfred Morris ran the ball 14 times for 49 yards, as the Redskins offense was largely ineffective. Their secondary did not fare much better as it allowed 3 receiving touchdowns to Giants rookie wideout Odell Beckham.

The Eagles do not control their playoff destiny and could conceivably win both of their remaining games and still not make the playoffs with 11 wins. The Redskins have been reeling for a while as last week’s game gives them a loss in 19/22 games. While the matchups don’t appear to be in the Redskins favor you cannot discount the fact that this is a divisional matchup and NFC East games are almost always competitive. Gruden will be looking to finish his first season as a head coach strong and they will have the benefit of home field advantage.

Pick: Redskins +7.5

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