The 8-7 Philadelphia Eagles will travel to Washington to take on the 7-8 Redskins on Sunday afternoon. Both teams needed wins last week to keep their playoff hopes alive and only the Eagles were able to do that. Philadelphia Defeated the Houston Texans 32-30 at home on a last second field goal by Jake Elliott. Even with a win on Sunday, they would still need for the Chicago Bears to beat the Minnesota Vikings in order to get into the playoffs. Washington lost 25-16 on the road to the Tennessee Titans and were officially eliminated from playoff contention. They held a slim 1 point lead entering the fourth quarter but allowed the Titans to score 3 times in the to secure the easy victory.
The Eagles offense had 528 yards of offense against the Texans and it all started with Nick Foles who had a passer rating of 120.4. He completed 35 of 49 passes for 471 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target was Zach Ertz who had 12 catches for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. Nelson Agholor also had a big day with 5 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. If there was a negative for the offense, it was they ran for just 57 yards on 22 carries, which is an average of just 2.6 yards per rush. For the year, the Eagles offense has averaged 22.9 points and 381.5 yards per game. Defensively, they recovered 1 fumble and sacked Deshaun Watson 4 times. They allowed the Texans to gain 62 yards on 19 carries which is an average of 3.3 yards per run. The Titans also had 9 different receivers catch passes that gained at least 10 yards.
Josh Johnson is the 5th quarterback the Redskins have had to use this season due to injuries and his start against the Titans was not a good one. He finished with a passer rating of 55 as he completed 13 of 23 passes for 153 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. His favorite target was Jamison Crowder who had 5 catches for 78 yards. They ran the ball well with Adrien Peterson leading the team with 119 yards on 26 carries. On the season, the Redskins offense has averaged 18.7 points and 329.5 yards per game. Defensively, they did not force a turnover but did have 3 sacks and 8.5 tackles for losses. They gave up 99 rushing yards on 27 carries which is an average of 3.7 yards per run.
Washington will have home field advantage and are 7 point underdogs. They have gone 9-6 against the spread including 4-3 at home. They have been plagued by injuries all season and can only play the role of spoiler as they will not be going to the playoffs. Philadelphia has gone 5-9-1 against the spread including 3-4 on the road. This is a must win game for them and they have all the momentum as winners of 4 of their past 5 games.