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This Monday night’s NFL matchup on ESPN features a classic NFC East showdown between the 6-5 Washington Redskins and the 5-6 Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff from Lincoln Financial Field is set for 8:15 p.m.
Washington has set the pace in the NFC East Division title race all season long, but with 7-5 Dallas winning on Thursday combined a 1-3 straight-up record in its last four games, that lead as suddenly slipped away. The Redskins have remained a decent betting team at 5-2 against the spread at BetAnySports in their last seven games and they are 6-2 ATS this season when closing as underdogs. The total has gone OVER in three of their last four outings.
The loss of Alex Smith at quarterback with a season-ending ankle injury has thrust Colt McCoy into the spotlight as the new starter. Last Thursday in a 31-23 loss to Dallas as seven-point road underdogs, the Redskins’ new signal caller threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns, but he was also picked off three times. Adrian Peterson gained just 35 yards on 12 carries as part of Washington’s 80 rushing yards on the day.
The Eagles find themselves in a must-win situation on Monday night to keep their fading playoff hopes alive. At 5-6 SU with a costly 3-8 record ATS, the reining Super Bowl Champs have yet to win back-to-back games all season long. Fighting off another slow start, Philadelphia was able to get past the New York Giants last Sunday 25-22 as a five-point home favorite. It improved to an even 3-3 SU at home this season with 1-5 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in five of those six home games
If Philadelphia is going to have any shot at turning things around, it will rest on the play of quarterback Carson Wentz. While struggling at times behind a porous offensive line, he has still been able to complete 69.7 percent of his 330 passing attempts for 2,540 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Eagles are still trying to find a lead back in the running game with rookie Josh Adams emerging as the go to guy with 291 yards and two scores on 56 rushing attempts.
Washington will continue to slip in the wrong direction with McCoy at the helm, but the Eagles will still manage to make things interesting on Monday night to allow the Redskins to cover with the points.