When and where: December 15, 2019, FedEx Field, Landover, MD, 1:00 PM ET
After putting a three-game losing streak in the rearview, the Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to put together back-to-back wins on Sunday when facing the Washington Redskins. A 23-17 overtime win over the New York Giants saved the Eagles’ season by keeping them in the hunt for the NFC East division title. Meanwhile, the Redskins had their two-game win streak snapped in a 20-15 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Eagles survive a near catastropheAll signs are pointing to the Eagles’ home game against the Dallas Cowboys on Week 16 ultimately deciding the NFC East divisional champion. The Eagles nearly played themselves out of that opportunity in a run-in with the Giants that ended up being too close for comfort. It took a spectacular finish in overtime to finally knock off a Giants team being led by a declining Eli Manning.
The circumstances will be completely different on Sunday against a Redskins team with a young quarterback on the rise in Dwayne Haskins. Yet, that youth does present a multitude of opportunities for mistakes. The Eagles are also the 12th-ranked team in the league in sack percentage, which is a sure indication of plenty of exotic looks for Haskins behind center.
However, the onus for what happens to the Eagles lies squarely on the shoulders of quarterback Carson Wentz. His on-field play has to continue to live up to the $128 million contract. He’ll be facing a Redskins defense that did a number on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers last week. Washington quietly has the 11th-ranked passing defense in the league. This will be no easy task for Wentz and company given the number of injuries the Eagles have faced at receiver.
Along with losing Alshon Jeffery for the season, Pro Bowl offensive tackle Lane Johnson is officially listed as questionable with a high ankle sprain. They could also be without Jordan Howard, Jalen Mills and Nelson Agholor.
Redskins offense stalls against the PackersThe Redskins didn’t flinch in the direction of a Packers team that ranks among the best in football. It didn’t matter if Aaron Rodgers was at quarterback with Devante Adams and Aaron Jones at the skilled positions. The Redskins’ defense stared them down with the ferocity of a team with nothing to lose. They gave the Packers their best shot and nearly knocked them out.
Rodgers was held to under 200 yards passing in a game where the Packers still managed to eke out a 20-15 victory.
The inability for Haskins and the offense to move the ball signaled the death knell for the Redskins after four excruciating quarters of mostly defense. They’ll have to do better if they have any hope of upsetting the Eagles on Sunday. It won’t be easy considering they have the worst scoring offense in football taking on the No. 11-ranked defense.
Turnovers remain the primary concern with Haskins behind center. He has thrown for 971 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions. Even if he’s limiting the dangerous throws, the super-aggressive Eagles’ defensive front could force him into some bad decisions.
The Redskins hope to do the same to Wentz and the banged up Eagles offense on the other side. No Jeffery or DeSean Jackson on the field has forced the Eagles into a position where they lack a legitimate deep threat receiver. If Agholor is out on Sunday, it’ll basically be Zach Ertz or bust. The stars are aligning for another impressive outing for the Redskins defense.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 head-to-head meetings.
- Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 head-to-head meetings.
- Redskins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog.
- Redskins are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Redskins are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss.
- Redskins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record.