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Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles Point Spread - Pick

Washington Redskins (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS)
Week 7 NFL
Date/Time: Monday Night Football, October 23, 2017 at 8:30PM EST
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: ESPN

By Loot, NFL Football Handicapper, Lootmeister.com

Point Spread: WAS +4.5/PHI -4.5
Over/Under Total: 48.5

The Washington Redskins come to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. This NFC East matchup looks to be an exciting game for MNF. The Eagles last played on Thursday, beating the Panthers on the road, 28-23, in a battle of 4-1 teams. Now 5-1, the Eagles look to take another step forward in their first of three consecutive home games. To do so, they'll need to upend a Redskins team they already beat this season—with a week one win at FedEx Field, 30-17. On Sunday, the Redskins came off the bye to narrowly defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 26-24. They are now 3-2, but a win over their high-flying division rivals would really go a long way for a team that hasn't quite hit their stride yet.

Six games does not a season make, but the Eagles sure look good heading into this week. Their only loss was on the road to a very good Chiefs team and they've since won 4 games in a row coming into a three-game homestand. They beat a good team in the Panthers on the road on TNF, using the improved Carson Wentz who ran the offense smoothly, along with some opportune big plays from the other side of the ball. The offense has become a potent one that can get it done in the air and on the ground, while the defense is tough against the run and very adept at making game-changing plays and tightening up at the right moments.

Philly quarterback Carson Wentz looks like he is on the verge of becoming a top-tier quarterback. He has a strong arm, toughness, presence, and a touch of magic that you look for in franchise quarterbacks. Making it all come together this season is an increased cast of playmakers that allows his play to really resonate, as opposed to last season. The growth of receiver Nelson Agholor has been a great development, as has been the continued impact being made by TE Zach Ertz, who caught two touchdowns against the Panthers. Adding Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith has also helped. On the ground, LeGarrette Blount's increased role has yielded big results, as he has been big in the last several games. Getting Lane Johnson back at tackle would help this week, as Wentz has been working in some crowded pockets lately. In the week one win against the Redskins, Wentz was over 300 yards with enough big plays to move things in their favor.

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The Eagles' defense has been pretty good through 6 games, though there are some leaky areas that could prevent them from reaching their team goals. Against the run, they are robust, with Vinny Curry, Tim Jernigan, Fletcher Cox, and Brandon Graham (questionable) also disruptive in the pass-rush department. In the middle, Jordan Hicks (questionable) and Nigel Bradham (questionable) aid in that cause. It's also a defense that is good at securing turnovers, as they picked Newton off three times last Thursday. Rasul Douglas, Patrick Robinson, and Jalen Mills all had interceptions in their last game. But in terms of being robust, the pass-defense often leaves a lot to be desired. In their first game against the Redskins, however, they forced Kirk Cousins to turn the ball over three times and held the offense to 264 total yards. Cox also returned a fumble for a TD. The look for more of the same this week.

All told, Sunday's Washington's home-win over San Francisco wasn't terribly impressive. Granted, the Niners have developed quite a knack for losing really close games, but the Redskins nearly blew what looked like an easy win coming off the bye against a winless team in their third road game in as many weeks. Up by just two, the Redskins got a big play when Kendall Fuller picked off the ball to seal the win. Washington nearly blew a 17-0 lead and will have to come up with a whole lot better if they want to upend the Eagles on the road on MNF.

Redskins' quarterback Kirk Cousins' stats looked decent on Sunday, as he threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns through the air and another that he ran in. He wasn't terrible accurate and despite the yardage, never seemed to have this offense in full-flight. In the second half, when one would think they'd surge against a road-weary Niners bunch, they went stagnant, until Cousins ran in a score in the last quarter. There were some good individual performances on Sunday, with RB Chris Thompson again big aerially with 105 yards receiving. Tight end Vernon Davis has been big lately and had a nice 51-yard catch on Sunday. Josh Doctson caught a TD, but guys like Jordan Reed, Jamison Crowder, and Terrelle Pryor were quiet and getting this receiving crew to take shape has been a challenge so far this season.

For almost a half, the Redskins defense played very well. But then rookie San Fran quarterback CJ Beathard starting moving the offense and the Redskins were soon hanging on after building a big lead. There were some big plays, with Trent Williams recovering a fumble and Kendall Fuller getting his second pick of the season. The middle was formidable with Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, and Zach Brown getting after the quarterback. DT Matt Ioannidis was active and had 1.5 sacks. While the secondary had its moments with Bashaud Breeland, DJ Swearinger, and Quinton Dunbar, they miss Josh Norman and Dashazor Everett and haven't been terribly stout lately.

Again, a lot has changed since their week one meeting at FedEx Field, but the Eagles' 30-17 win speaks volumes, as well. Carson Wentz went over 300 yards and might be facing a weaker pass-defense than in week one. But Cousins was definitely off in week one and should be better. But as Philly puts all its tools to good use, Washington needs to follow suit and not just have one or two guys have good games, while everyone else is silent. I see a competitive division game with a better version of the Redskins that what was seen in their first game. I'm taking the points.

Loot's Prediction to Cover the Point Spread: I'm betting on the Washington Redskins plus 4.5 points. Tired of your credit card not working for sportsbook deposit? End that problem today and bet the Redskins vs. Eagles game by signing up at Bovada Sportsbook where your credit card WILL work and where you'll receive a generous 50% sign-up bonus!

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