The 6-5 Washington Redskins travel to Philadelphia to take on the 5-6 Eagles in this week’s Monday night matchup. These two NFC East teams are coming off very different weeks, which could have major playoff implications. The Redskins dropped their second game in a row with a 31-27 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Colt McCoy made his first start for the Redskins this year as he replaced injured Alex Smith. This was their third loss in their last 4 games, and they now sit in a tie for first with the Cowboys after having a 2 game lead a few weeks ago. The Eagles defeated the New York Giants 25-22 at home despite trailing 19-3 in the second quarter. The win snapped a 2 game losing streak and they are now just 1 game behind the Cowboys and Redskins.
Colt McCoy struggled in his first start of the year as he finished with a quarterback rating of 24.3. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 278 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. His favorite target was Jordan Reed who had 6 catches for 75 yards. The team rushed for 8 yards with Adrian Peterson leading the team with 35 yards on 12 carries. Defensively, they did not force any turnovers and sacked Dak Prescott 4 times. They allowed the Cowboys to gain 146 yards on 34 carries, which is an average of 4.3 yards per run. For the year, the Redskins have allowed their opponents to average 20.8 points and 380 yards per game.
The victory over the Giants last week was a big one for the Eagles as they were outplayed in the first half but dominated the second half and held on for the win. Carson Wentz completed 20 of 28 passes for 236 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Zach Ertz who had 91 yards and a touchdown on 7 receptions. Wentz spread the ball around nicely as 6 different receivers caught passes that gained at least 12 yards. The team had success running the ball gaining 127 yards on 29 caries, which is an average of 4.4 yards per run. Defensively, they intercepted Eli Manning once and sacked him twice. They allowed 7 yards per rush as the Giants ran the ball just 18 times but gained 126 years. On the season, the Eagles defense has allowed their opponents to average 23 points and 398 yards per game.
The Eagles will have home field advantage and are favored by 6.5 points. The Eagles have gone 3-8 this year against the spread including just 1-5 at home. The Redskins have gone 7-4 against the spread this season including 3-2 on the road. McCoy threw 3 interceptions last week but had only a few days to prepare for the Thanksgiving game. He now will have a whole week to prepare for the Eagles. Only 1 game separates these two teams in the standings and Lincoln Financial field will be rocking with the Eagles having the chance to get into a tie for first place.
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