The Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) will head to Fedex Field to battle the Washington Redskins (7-8) in Week 17 (December 30, 2018 at 4:25pm EST). The Eagles opened as 7.0-point favorites.
The Eagles are averaging an uninspiring 22.9 points per game (18th). But they could very easily enter the upper tier by simply cutting back on the turnovers. Philadelphia has committed 22 turnovers this season (24th), which includes three last week against the Texans.
But it’s hard to put any blame on Nick Foles, who has come in and resurrected the Eagles 2018 season. Foles has now beaten the Rams and Texans, posting a 108.4 passer rating in those games.
It’s going to take a little more than a third straight big game from the Super Bowl 52 MVP to get the Eagles into the playoffs, though. But they can only worry about what they control.
Philadelphia’s defense is built to stop the run. They only cede 102 yards per game on the ground (7th), compared to 282.7 through the air (32nd). The Eagles’ stinginess against the run has resulted in them allowing only 23.2 points per game (16th).
Fortunately, Philadelphia’s defense avoids any sort of offensive juggernaut this week, when they line up across from the Redskins. Washington is scoring just 18.7 points per game (29th).
Finding the endzone in today’s NFL is extremely hard when you can’t move the ball through the air. This is what Washington is quickly learning, as they are on their fourth starting QB this season after Alex Smith and Colt McCoy suffered season-ending leg injuries, and Mark Sanchez again proved inept.
Josh Johnson has only thrown for 304 yards in his two starts this season with two touchdowns and two interceptions, good for a lousy 75.3 passer rating.
Facing an Eagles defense this week that ranks 32nd vs the pass provides a tremendous opportunity for Johnson to gain some confidence. The Redskins simply need him to capitalize.
Defensively, the Redskins are a pretty mediocre group. They allow 22.3 points per game, ranking 14th in the league. They’ve been decent against the run, giving up 115.4 rushing yards per game (17th).
They’ve also been just average defending the pass. Washington is giving up 237.5 passing yards per game (15th). That’s a whole lot of mediocrity.
The last meeting between these two came on December 3rd, 2018, when Philadelphia destroyed the Redskins 28-13. The Eagles served as the favorite in that game, too, laying 5.5 points.