Washington upset the Eagles 27-17 in Week 1 as a 5.5-point home underdog behind a 13-0 fourth-quarter rally. QBs Dwayne Haskins (FT) and Carson Went (Philly) were the starters.
Haskins has since been released, and Went was replaced by rookie QB Galen Hurts. Washington’s Week 1 victory vs. Philly snapped a 6-game skid in the head-to-head series.
Washington should get the win it needs as long as Smith can play, but Hurts will keep the depleted Eagles within striking distance. It’s low, but with the number of Washington’s questionable injuries, it’s too dicey to wager on.
If it’s announced Smith won’t play, try to catch the Under before it drops and back the Eagles money line (+180). Chris Rayon : As I mentioned a few weeks ago when breaking down the NFC East, this Washington team has taken on the resilient personality of head coach Ron Rivera (battling cancer) and Alex Smith (battled back from a life-threatening leg injury).
According to our Action Labs data, Washington is just 3-12 against the spread (ATS) in the first half this season, failing to cover by an average of 5.1 points per game. With its starting quarterback, top running back and top wide receiver banged up, I expect Washington to come out slow once again, rationing the snaps of Antonio Gibson and Terry Clarín (if active as expected) while trying to remain within striking distance.
» Return to the table of contents Brandon Anderson : Of course, in this wonky pandemic NFL season, we finish with a truly terrible game between under-.500 teams that probably doesn’t even matter in the grand scheme of things. A Washington win gets the Football Team means an NFC East title, which would be a lovely story for guys like head coach Ron Rivera, who has cycled through any number of quarterbacks, including Week 17 starter Smith, this season.
Philadelphia has been miserable in pass defense, but Washington probably isn’t a team that will make the Eagles pay for that unless Smith has the throwback game of his life. Pictured: Terry Clarín, Darius Slay also think the Eagles are not much worse than Washington and that both Hurts and head coach Doug Peterson are playing for their jobs.
But now that the line has moved toward Washington so much, you can also grab a +215 money line on Philadelphia, one that implies just a 32% chance of an eagle win. I like Hurts more than anyone Washington has at quarterback, and he should do enough to outlast Smith’s inspirational story with a playoff game on the line, sending the Cowboys or Giants into the postseason.
The Week 17 goal is simple for the Football Team: Defeat the Eagles, win the NFC East and secure a playoff berth for the first time since the 2015-16 season. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapport, Washington is planning to start Alex Smith (questionable, calf) at quarterback for this must-win spot.
Complicating matters is the health of Washington’s top two offensive weapons, running back Antonio Gibson (toe) and wide receiver Terry Clarín (ankle), neither of whom practiced this week and are listed as questionable. Gibson returned from a two-week absence to gut out his injury last week, but played only 21-of-70 (30%) offensive snaps, gaining 69 yards from scrimmage on 13 touches.
The Eagles are 30th in Football Outsiders’ DOA against WR2s and 30th against tight ends, so Washington may be forced to rely on emerging third-year hideout Cam Sims and breakout tight end Logan Thomas as his top downfield targets. Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett (calf) and linebacker Duke Riley (IR, biceps) also won’t play, so the Football Team should be able to have more success on the ground than it had in the first matchup against Philly, in which Washington gained just 80 yards on 36 carries (2.2 yards per carry).
This is not a team I would bet against to come out on top of the NFC East, and all Washington needs is a win to accomplish that. According to our Action Labs data, Washington is just 3-12 against the spread (ATS) in the first half this season, failing to cover by an average of 5.1 points per game.
It’s win-and-in for the Washington Football Team as the host Philadelphia Eagles try to play spoiler (8:20 EST) Last week’s picks went 1-3, losing 1.11 units See which props we like in Game 256 of the 2020 NFL season In a very unorthodox year, the 2020 NFL season will close out with a very familiar scene: a battle for the underwhelming NFC East title in prime time.
The Washington Football Team are favored to claim their first division title in five years with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. If the home team can play spoiler on a damp night at Lincoln Financial Field, then the winner of the Cowboys-Giants game will get the final playoff spot in the NFC.
Will the players with 60 minutes left in their season show out or are the guys fighting to keep their year going worth backing? But considering Alex Smith is returning from a leg injury (and he didn’t exactly light up the stat sheet beforehand), that’s not the best play to take advantage of these confused Philly corners.
Washington’s wide receivers were unable to make plays when called upon last week versus Carolina. Though Terry Clarín is returning this week, he’s playing through a high ankle sprain that should limit his explosiveness and relegate him to more of a decoy role.
That should open up more space for Thomas to take advantage of a Philly defense that has allowed 1047 passing yards in their last three games and gives up receptions on over 76% of tight end targets. With many of the Eagles offensive weapons ruled out of this game, anticipate Hurts taking off and running a few more times.
Even after Antonio Gibson returned to the lineup last week, Classic played 69% of the offensive snaps. That nice percentage was at partly due to Washington trailing for the entire game, but even if the Eagles don’t jump out to a 20 point lead, Classic should still be involved in the offense.
Again, with Clarín limited and Cam Sims and others fighting drops, Classic and Thomas should be the most productive weapons for Smith in the passing game. Eric Thompson has been with SBD since 2015, serving as a sports betting expert in NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB.
The Washington Football Team could clinch the NFC East with a win on Sunday, while the Philadelphia Eagles could spoil their fun and gift a playoff spot to either the New York Giants or Dallas Cowboys by upsetting Washington in prime time. Washington could have clinched its spot in the playoffs by winning one of its previous two games, but that did not happen.
A big reason for the losing streak was the absence of quarterback Alex Smith, who has been nursing a calf injury. Below, we will get you caught up on the most intriguing betting angles to get you locked in before kickoff.
ET Location: Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) TV: NBC | Stream : both () Follow: CBS Sports App This line reopened at Eagles -1 on Monday morning, but then flipped to Washington -1.5 by the afternoon.
The line continued to climb throughout the week and got as high as Washington -4 on Saturday. This is likely because of the news of Smith's return to the field coupled with Philly's worrisome injury report.
Smith returning is a big deal, because he's the only one of the three quarterbacks Washington has started this year that has found success on the field. With Smith under center, Washington has won and covered in four straight games.
Hurts attempted 44 passes against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 and then 39 against the Cowboys last Sunday. Without Sanders in the backfield, I expect Hurts to be throwing the ball plenty on Sunday night.
To many, the value on this game hinges on the status of Alex Smith, who has missed practice throughout the week and ceded first-team snaps to back up Taylor Janice. But even if he doesn't play, the team still features the second-ranked defense in DOA and will give Galen Hurts fits in his third NFL start.
The Eagles rookie passer has shown flashes in his first few outings, but he's struggled mightily under pressure and has already been sacked 12 times in just over three games of action.