The Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) will host the Washington Redskins (6-5) in a huge NFC East clash on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is stet for 8:15 EST at Lincoln Financial Field and will be televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the Week 13 NFL betting odds, the books have the Eagles listed as a 6-point home favorite with the total set for 46 points.
Eagles vs Redskins Vegas Betting Lines & Game Preview
Washington comes into this one off a disappointing 31-23 loss at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. It was also a painful defeat for those that backed the Redskins as a 7.5-point dog. Washington had a 13-10 lead midway through the 3rd quarter, but two big plays to Amari Cooper and another TD set up on a short field and the Redskins were down 31-13 early in the 4th. Even with the loss Washington still sits tied on top the division with the Cowboys.
The Eagles are just 1-game back for the division lead, thanks to a 16-point rally at home against division rival New York. The Giants did get the cover as a 5-point dog, so that’s now three straight losses against the spread for Philadelphia. However, that win may just be the turning point in their season, but with road games against the Cowboys and Rams looming on deck, as well as home game against the Texans and a rematch with Washington, the defending champs have zero room for error.
Given the Eagles won the Super Bowl last year, not a huge surprise they swept the season series with the Redskins. However, I do think a lot of people will be shocked to see Washington had won each of the previous 5 meetings.
Free NFL Pick Against the Spread: Redskins +6
My early lean here would have to be grab the points with Washington. I get the Eagles were able to rally to beat the Giants and all the talk is about how that win might have saved their season. I’m more focused on the fact that they let New York come into their house and take a 19-3 lead in a game they absolutely had to have.
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I just think because the Eagles won it all last year and everyone thought they were going to be this juggernaut and defend their title, we are quick to look for any positive we can and ride with it. I mean they are almost a touchdown favorite at home with a record of 5-6 and having just failed to cover almost the exact same number at home last week against a worst team than the one they are playing.
The public has continued to back the Eagles to this point, so chances are they won’t stop now, especially with Washington playing now without Alex Smith. I like Smith and think he can help a team win a lot of regular-season games, but I don’t think he’s light years better than Colt McCoy.
McCoy did struggle some against Dallas, but that’s a really good Cowboys defense. The Eagles simply aren’t that good of a defensive team. They come in ranked 28th against the pass (294.4 ypg) and are giving up a ridiculous 134.6 rushing yards/game over their last 6 contests. I think Adrian Peterson will be ready to rock on Monday Night Football and Washington will be able to put up some points.
On the flip side of this, I think the Redskins defense is more than capable of slowing down this Eagles offensive attack. Philadelphia’s two highest scoring games this season have both come against the Giants. They haven’t scored more than 24 in any other game and 7 times have failed to score more than 21 points.
I think there’s a really good shot Washington can at worst keep this within 6-points. In fact, I think they are going to pull off the upset and win this game outright. Give me the Redskins +6.