Line: Eagles -3

The 7-7 Washington Redskins travel to Philadelphia to take on the 6-8 Eagles in this week’s Saturday night matchup. Washington won its second game in a row for the first time all year last week when they beat the Buffalo Bills 35-25. The Eagles had a 2 game win streak snapped as they lost to the Arizona Cardinals 40-17. With the loss, Philadelphia needs to beat the Redskins on Saturday and the Giants in week 17 to get into the playoffs.

Washington’s offense was very sufficient against the Bills last week and it started with Kirk Cousins. Cousins finished with a passer rating of 153.7 as he completed 22 of 28 passes for 319 yards and 4 touchdowns. Desean Jackson and Jordan Reed were his favorite targets and they both had big games. Jackson caught 6 passes for 153 yards and touchdown while Jordan Reed had 7 receptions for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns. Alfred Morris led a balanced run game with 84 yards gained on 14 carries. Defensively, they had a lot of trouble stopping the rush as the Bills gained 240 yards on only 31 carries which averages to over 7.5 yards per carry. They also had trouble containing Sammy Watkins as he had 111 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. They were able to sack Tyrod Taylor 5 times and had 6 tackles for losses.

Philadelphia played poorly on both defense and offense as they allowed the Cardinals to gain over 500 yards of offense while they committed 4 turnovers. Sam Bradford had a mixed day as he completed 28 of 41 passes for 361 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also threw 2 interceptions and lost a fumble. His favorite target was Jordan Matthews who had 8 receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown. They had trouble running the ball as they only gained 74 yards on 20 carries with Ryan Matthews leading the way with 58 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, they allowed 40 points and had no answer for Arizona’s run game. The Cardinals gained 230 yards on only 39 carries for an average of 5.9 yards per carry. They were able to sack Carson Palmer twice and had 3 tackles for losses.

The Eagles have given up an average of 35.6 points over the last 5 games and are ranked 24th in the NFL with 259 passing yards allowed per game. Things could get worse for Philadelphia as cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Eric Rowe suffered injuries last week and their status for this game is questionable.

The Redskins are 7-7 against the spread this year including 2-4 on the road. The Eagles are 6-8 against the spread this year including 3-4 at home. The Eagles are favored by a field goal in this game and will have home field advantage. These 2 teams met in week 4 with the Redskins winning 23-20 even without Desean Jackson who had an injury. Jackson is playing in this game and has 4 touchdown receptions in the last 5 games.

Pick: Redskins +3

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