After dropping crucial divisional game at home against the Cowboys, Mark Sanchez, LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles need to bounce back and win-out the rest of the way and this Saturday they face RGIII, DeSean Jackson and the dysfunctional Washington NFL Franchise.
Nick Foles has not been cleared. The Mark Sanchez era rides on http://t.co/XHneg1ae6r
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) December 15, 2014
The NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football team will host this game late on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 PM ET live from FedEx Field. The week 16 NFL betting spread has the visiting Eagles as 8.5 point favorites over the Washington NFL Franchise, and the game total is 50.5.
Matchup: Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington
Date: Dec. 20, 2014
Start Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Landover, Maryland
Stadium: FedEx Field
TV Info: NFL Network
Radio: Philadelphia Vs Washington
Point Spread: Eagles -8.5
Game Total: 41
Analyzing My Philadelphia Vs Washington NFL Week 16 ATS Upset Pick
The Eagles are 9-5 on the season after a 38-27 home loss against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football and currently are outside looking in at the playoffs, as the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks hold the final two NFC wildcard spots with a 10-4 record.
DeSean Jackson doesn't miss the Eagles at all http://t.co/qoudmretEa
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 16, 2014
Philadelphia plays Washington and the NY Giants in the last two games of the season. Both games are against teams with losing records and thus should be a win for the Eagles, on paper at least.
The Eagles offense ranks fourth in the league in points per game at 29.7 and fifth in yards per game at 387.6 and they will have to stick with QB Mark Sanchez who has completed 61.9 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Season starting QB Nick Foles still has not been cleared. During his Monday presser, head coach Chip Kelly noted that Foles’ fractured collarbone has not healed.
LeSean McCoy has run for 1,132 yards and four touchdowns and he has 24 catches out of the backfield while Jeremy Mmaclin leads the Philadelphia receivers with 78 catches and 10 touchdowns.
"I know that the Eagles will not make the playoffs" – Tom Jackson pic.twitter.com/nDmN19CvgE
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 16, 2014
The Eagles defense allows 24.8 points and 371.4 yards per game and the combined unit is struggling to force turnover as the team is a whopping minus nine on the turnover ratio stat sheet. Mychal Kendricks has 67 tackles, Malcolm Jenkins has 66 tackles, and Connor Barwin has 14.5 sacks.
The on-again, off-again relationship with head coach Jay Gruden and RGIII is back on after Gruden said at his Monday press conference that Griffin III will start Sunday’s game against the Eagles after coming in for an injured Colt McCoy last week. Griffin III went 18-of-27 for 236 yards and a touchdown while rushing for a season-high 46 yards on five attempts.
"It’s not been a fun year," Griffin said. "We’ve had a lot of turmoil, a lot of things going on. At the end of the day, you suit up and when your number’s called, be ready to play."
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 15, 2014
The Washington NFL Franchise’s offense is averaging a 26th ranked 18.4 points per game and a 12th ranked 358.6 yards per game.
RB Alfred Morris, who gets more action when RGIII plays, leads the rushing attack with 948 yards and seven touchdowns and leading deep-threat WR DeSean Jackson is looking good to play against his former team. In week 3, Jackson put up 117 yards against the Eagles including an 81 yard TD pass from QB Kirk Cousins.
Defensively the Redskins are 27th in the NFL in points allowed per game at 26.4 and 10th in yards allowed per game at 338.9 and they are minus nine in turnover ratio. Keenan Robinson has 99 tackles, Ryan Clark has 81 tackles, and Perry Riley has 72 tackles.
Coaches Chip Kelly and Jay Gruden have only met once, in the aforementioned week 3 matchup when the Eagles beat Washington 37-34 in Philadelphia.
Washington is 3-7 against the spread against the NFC East, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, and 0-5 against the spread in last five home games.
Philadelphia is 4-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 5-1 against the spread following a loss, and 0-6 against the spread following a double-digit home loss.
Philadelphia has covered the point spread in four of their last five games in Washington.