Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins close out their 2011 seasons with a meaningless game on Sunday. The Eagles are -9.5 point favorites over the Redskins with an over/under point total set at 46.
The Philadelphia Eagles are finally looking like the team many expected them to be this year but the problem for Andy Reid’s team is that it is a classic case of too little too late. Philadelphia went on a bad losing streak in mid-season that put them in a position they couldn’t possibly recover from. Michael Vick is back in the lineup and he looks healthier than he has all year as last week he threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns in Dallas. LeSean McCoy has put together a monster year as he’s rushed for 1,309 yards and 17 touchdowns and he’s caught 48 passes scoring three more times. Brent Celek has 56 catches with four touchdowns, Jeremy Maclin has 55 catches and five touchdowns, and DeSean Jackson has 54 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively the Eagles have 49 sacks, nine fumble recoveries, and 14 interceptions with a minus 13 turnover ratio while they allow 321.4 yards and 21.4 points per game. Jamar Chaney has 91 tackles, Kurt Coleman has 78 tackles, and Jason Babin has 18 sacks. The Eagles can only look to next year and wonder what might have been this year.
The Washington Redskins were thinking they were possibly a playoff team this season but instead Mike Shanahan’s team is drafting in the top 10 once again. While the Skins try and save face the also look for answers as to who will be part of this team next year and into the future and who will have to seek employment elsewhere. Rex Grossman has completed 58.8 percent of his passes but with 15 touchdowns and 19 interceptions it’s tough to believe that he is part of any long term answer. Roy Helu is the lone healthy running back and he’s averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Jabar Gaffney has 64 catches, Fred Davis has 59 catches, and Helu has 47 catches. Defensively Washington has 39 sacks, 16 fumble recoveries, and 12 interceptions with a minus 15 turnover ratio and they allow 336.5 yards and 22.2 points per game. London Fletcher has 163 tackles, DeAngelo Hall has 87 tackles, and Ryan Kerrigan has 7.5 sacks. The defense was clearly the stronger unit and the Redskins will need to evaluate the offense and directly address the big issues there.
Philadelphia is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games against the NFC East, 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 home games, and 1-6 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Washington is 4-0 against the spread following a loss, 6-1 against the spread against the NFC East, and 7-3 against the spread as an underdog between 3.5 and 10 points. The Road team has covered five in a row in this series.
The games between these two teams are traditionally low scoring and I don’t see why this one wouldn’t be as well.