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#307 Philadelphia Eagles -6 vs.
#308 Washington Redskins 40
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 1:00pm EST
FedEx Field, Landover
Written by Sporty Jordy

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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 catastrophe

All 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 Packers

The 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.

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The Eagles remain deadlocked in a divisional title race with the Cowboys, while the Redskins are basically playing for pride at this point. Washington has proven to be stingy against the pass, but they are also suspect against the run. Their rushing defense is ranked 27th in the league with opponents averaging 134.8 yards per game.

There is hope from the team that Howard will be able to return, but even if he remains sidelined, Eagles coach Doug Pederson will lean towards formulating a demolition crew on the ground with Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and Jay Ajayi. It’ll be a long day for Wentz if he’s counted on to drop back and pass every play against a Redskins defense that is criminally underrated.

I’m just not convinced Haskins can score enough points to match Wentz, particularly with the might of defensive end Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett hell-bent on making him do snow angels in the dirt. Give me the Eagles in this clash between division rivals.

Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles (-4.5)

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The loss of Jeffery puts even more stress on Wentz and the Eagles offense. They are now void of vertical targets and forced to rely solely on passes underneath to move the chains. The Redskins have problems on both sides of the ball, but their defensive secondary has been dangerous all season. They will make it incredibly difficult for Wentz to move the ball through the air.

On the other side, the Redskins offense is only averaging 14.5 points per game. Those struggles will continue as Haskins works to learn the ins and outs of the quarterback position. I’m taking the under betting total

Prediction: Under (39)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.