After barely snapping their losing streak on Monday night, the Philadelphia Eagles will try to stay on track in Week 15 when they hit the road for another NFC East rivalry game with the Washington Redskins. Game time is set for 1:00 EST on Sunday, December 15 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Fans in select markets can watch the game on Fox.
Oddsmakers list the Eagles as 4.5-point favorites on the road with an over/under of 40 points. Be sure to check out a full list of the Week 15 NFL betting odds.
Based on common sense and logic, the 6-7 Eagles shouldn’t be in the playoff picture. However, they are somehow in good shape and may have saved their season on Monday night with an overtime win over the Giants. On the heels of a three-game losing streak, the Eagles trailed 17-3 deep into the third quarter, only to see Carson Wentz orchestrate a comeback to force overtime and eventually beat the Giants 23-17.
With the win, the Eagles pulled within a tie atop the NFC East standings with the Cowboys, who also appear dead set on self-destructing late in the season. Of course, the two teams will meet up next week with the pressure on Philadelphia to win at home after losing in Dallas earlier this year. The Eagles also have road games with the Redskins and Giants left on their schedule, which actually puts them in a good position to win the division if they can build off Monday’s win.
Meanwhile, the Redskins continue to look more and more like an actual NFL team. After starting the year 1-10, Washington has won two of their last three games, scoring wins over the Lions and Panthers. The Redskins suffered another setback last week. However, they beat the spread in a 20-15 road loss to the Packers that wasn’t nearly as lopsided as most expected.
For what it’s worth, Washington is a game ahead of the Giants, giving them a chance to avoid a last-place finish if they can steal another win or two late in the year. The Redskins will also be motivated by the chance to play spoiler for their division rivals, as they’ll play both the Eagles and Cowboys between now and the end of the season.
Of course, the Redskins have suffered five straight losses against the Eagles, with their last win coming in 2016. Washington led early but failed to hold on when the teams met in Week 1. That game finished 32-27, although Washington’s previous four losses against the Eagles all came by double figures.
Call me crazy but I think the Eagles will have a chance to build on some of the momentum of last week’s comeback win. That’s the kind of win that can restore confidence and get things on track. Plus, going on the road to face the Redskins isn’t that daunting of a task. Surely, Philadelphia is capable of winning by a touchdown, so I’ll eat the points and lean toward the Eagles to cover.
Of course, the biggest concern with the Eagles right now is all of their injuries on offense. Alshon Jeffery is out for the season while Nelson Agholor and Jordan Howard remain questionable after sitting out last week. The O-line is also likely to be without Lane Johnson, which is a massive loss. However, all is not lost for the Eagles, who still have a nice collection of running backs and tight ends, specifically Zach Ertz, to help make up for a lack of healthy wide receivers.
It’s also worth noting that Wentz has thrown for over 300 yards in back-to-back weeks, tossing five touchdowns to just one interception over those two games. He was in need of a confidence boost just as much as the Eagles as a team were, and he may have gotten it while leading the comeback over the Giants. Moreover, Wentz threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Washington defense in Week 1. He should be capable of replicating that kind of performance against a lackluster Washington defense, even with a diminished supporting cast.
On the other side of the ball, the Philadelphia defense has been quietly good in recent weeks. The Eagles have held four of their last five opponents to 17 points or less, making that disastrous game against the Dolphins somewhat of an aberration. It’s not as if Dwayne Haskins is leading the charge for Washington. Even with the Redskins playing better over the last three weeks, he’s barely completed 50% of his passes while getting sacked 12 times in those games. Washington has also lost Derrius Guice to injury, which is a significant hit to the running game the Redskins have leaned on in recent weeks.
Between the renewed hope for Wentz and the offense and the play of the Philadelphia defense in recent weeks, I’m surprised to say I feel good about the Eagles in this game. Despite modest improvement in recent weeks, the Redskins are still a flawed team with poor quarterback play that’s susceptible to getting blown out in any given week. That’s enough to make me think the Eagles can cover the 4.5-point spread in a must-win game.