Washington (7-7) at Philadelphia (6-8)
When: Saturday, December 26th 2015
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: NFL Network
The NFC East could be decided tonight as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins on Saturday Night Football. The Redskins just need a win at Philly and they will be crowned champions. Washington is currently on their longest winning streak of the season at two games after last week’s 35-25 win over Buffalo. Kirk Cousins continued his hot play passing for 319 yards and four touchdowns without throwing a pick. That’s his fourth-straight game with a QB rating of over 100. He’s only thrown one interception in his last four games and expects to have another good game Saturday against a poor Eagles defense. Former Eagle wide receiver DeShaun Jackson hauled in six catches for 153 yards and a TD against the Bills last week and has torched the Eagles with nine receptions for 243 yards and a score in the past two matchups. Tight end Jordan Reed continues to be Cousins favorite target with 74 catches for 778 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing two games. He has 16 grabs and 204 yards in the last two weeks. The Redskins defense needs to plug up the running holes as they are ranked 28th in the league against the run surrendering 129.8 per game. Washington has covered the spread in the last three matchups with the Eagles including a 23-20 win in Week 4.
Philadelphia is a really hard team to figure out, but we do know that their defense has been getting worse as the season progresses. They have allowed 40 or more points in three of their last five games including a 40-17 loss at home to Arizona on Sunday night. They allowed the Cardinals to amass 230 yards on the ground and now rank 30th this season against the run. They are also 29th in total defense and 27th in points allowed per game (25.9). Offensively, they can’t seem to figure out what to do with DeMarco Murray. Last season’s NFL leading rusher was limited to just two carries last week. He has the worst average per carry of his career at just 3.4. I’m sure he’s regretting ever leaving Dallas for this. Sam Bradford, who had a season-high three touchdowns against the Redskins in Week 4, turned the ball over three times last week (2 interceptions, 1 fumble), despite throwing for a season-high 361 yards. WR Jordan Matthews enjoyed some of those yards last week as he had eight receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown. Oddly enough, the Eagles control their own destiny starting tonight. If they win their final two games, they’ll win the NFC East, but a loss tonight eliminates them completely.
The Eagles are just a mess right now and Washington smells blood. Cousins should have another big day and put Philly out of their misery. The last three matchups have been decided by 3 points each time. I’ll take the 3 points in this one and say Washington wins outright.
Pick: Redskins +3