Philadelphia Eagles (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS) vs. Washington Redskins (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS)
Week 6 NFL
Date/Time: Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 1PM EST
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
By Loot, NFL Football Handicapper, Lootmeister.com
Betting Odds: PHI -2,5/WAS +2.5
Over/Under Total: 44.5
The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins duke it out on Sunday in an NFC East battle. Philadelphia was not able to stay unbeaten on Sunday, losing on a late FG to Detroit on the road after a costly late turnover. They were coming off the bye and now look to get back on the winning track as they visit the Washington Redskins, who have quietly turned their season around with three straight wins. On Sunday, they went into Baltimore and beat the Ravens, 16-10, to get above .500 at 3-2.
Washington has shown a lot of resilience over the last few seasons and have done so this year, overcoming a ragged-looking 2-0 start to win three straight and to get their season back on the right track. Sunday saw a defensive battle with the Ravens, as both teams had trouble hitting the scoreboard. The Redskins used a great day for the defense with some special teams action to secure the difficult road win. An 85-yard punt return from Jamison Crowder was key in getting Washington the win, as the offense labored.
Kirk Cousins was 29-for-41 with 260 yards with a TD and a pick. But this isn't the Ravens defense of last season. They have become infinitely more-resilient and can be quite a handful at home. Cousins was able to connect with Pierre Garcon for a TD strike to take a lead in the second half, while the defense picked up the slack the rest of the way for the win. The Redskins have a ton of weapons in the aerial game, with Crowder, Garcon, DeSean Jackson, top tight end Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson, Vernon Davis, and others. The run-game, however, is pretty hit-and-miss with Matt Jones good some weeks and ho-hum in others. On Sunday, the Redskins only managed 60 total yards on the ground. But when you beat a one-loss team on the road, being too nit-picky isn't really fair. They won and they're on a roll—that's what counts most.
The Redskins defense is not invulnerable by any means, but they've been robust when it counts in recent weeks. On Sunday, they held Baltimore scoreless in the second half, which was key for the big win. Ryan Kerrigan and Ziggy Hood each recorded sacks and the Ravens were held to 3-for-15 on third down conversion attempts. Baltimore was held to just over 300 yards of total offense. Baltimore still was able to average 6 yards per run and that's been a major problem for the Redskins this season. It could hurt them at home this week against the Eagles, a team that is able to make things happen on the ground.
It didn't go that great on the ground for the Eagles on Saturday, however, as a late Ryan Mathews fumble put Detroit in position to notch the come-from-behind win. After the bye, it was a flat performance in some respects for Philly. A lot of things worked against them on Sunday beyond the late Mathews fumble. Detroit's Darius Slay was key with a stripped ball and a late pick, which basically had the late-game Philly efforts blowing up in their face. Carson Wentz threw his first pick of the season, which was costly. And the Eagles racked up an absurd 14 penalties, which were absolutely a killer. And some key drops didn't help, either. Wentz was still 25-for-33 with two TD throws. And his performance has been key in taking Philadelphia from an afterthought to a team worth watching.
This week presents a fork in the road, of sorts, for the Eagles. They're in part two of back-to-back road games, facing a surging Redskins team that won't be easily separated from their newfound momentum. To fall to 3-2 and to lose all their momentum could start sending their season sideways. It's just a really key divisional game for the Eagles. How will they bounce back from what was a draining and painful loss to the Lions?
There were some good signs for the Eagles' defense on Sunday, though they were not at their peak after allowing just 27 points in their first three games. They held Detroit to 3 yards a rush, while Matthew Stafford was held to 180 yards through the air. Detroit looked like they were going to cruise early, getting off to a 21-7 lead. They nearly kept Detroit scoreless in the second half, save for the game-winning field goal. So the defense, while shaky early, was able to tighten up considerably and give the offense a chance to win.
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It's an interesting matchup to be sure, one where any number of possible outcomes suggest themselves. Again, the Redskins have righted the ship and done a reversal of sorts after looking bad to open the season. There's a certain amount of character and grit that the Redskins have that needs to be considered heading into games like this. Philly may have caught a momentum-breaking bye week, though it took a late twist in the storyline to keep them from winning on Sunday. I think the Redskins have some upside here as a home dog.
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