Since starting this column in October, both the Philadelphia Eagles and my picks have really hit their stride as I’ve gone 6-2 ATS (against the spread) the last 8 games. Currently, the Eagles are in the 7th NFC playoff spot and can clinch a post-season berth with a win Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Washington Football Team plus some help from the Packers and 49ers, who will need to win.
The Eagles and WFT are two teams headed in opposite directions, the Eagles coming off a 24-point victory and Washington dealing with an embarrassing 42-point loss against the Cowboys. The Eagles are currently 3 point favorites and the total is sitting at 44.5, according to the latest odds at WynnBET.
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Key Defensive Matchup
One of the best offensive weapons for the Washington Football Team is star WR Terry McLaurin and the job of shutting him down will likely fall on Pro Bowl CB Darius Slay. The last time they played, the Eagles held McClaurin to 51 yards on 2 catches, however this week the WFT won’t be relying on backup Garrett Gilbert at QB as their starter, Taylor Heinicke, will be back. According to head coach Ron Rivera, younger prospect Kyle Allen could likely see some work at QB as well. The Eagles can’t let the WFT find a rhythm offensively and need to limit any big gains by McClaurin. Darius ‘Big Play’ Slay has to be the one with the big plays.
Key Offensive Matchup
The Eagles’ biggest offensive star this year has been their offensive line, which was recently ranked #1 by prominent NFL analyst Brian Baldinger. Running the ball has been the bread and butter to the Eagles’ second-half success, however, they’re going to be without Miles Sanders and could also miss Jordan Howard. Boston Scott has done a good job filling in when needed, but whoever it is, if this Eagles OL continues to dominate upfront the Eagles can control the clock and the game.
The Eagles can’t look past his WFT. They just got embarrassed on national television and won’t be an easy out at home in a division matchup of longtime rivals. This NFC East battle could end up being a one-score game, but I still have the Eagles getting the win and the cover, 27-21.
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