The Eagles (8-7) will be watching the scoreboard, keeping tabs on Minnesota. If the Vikings beat the Bears, the Eagles will be eliminated from the playoffs. Still, the Eagles need to win this game on the road because a loss makes clear they won’t make the playoffs. By winning 4 of its last 5 games, the Eagles are finally showing the form expected from a Super Bowl Champ. The Eagles are coming off an inspired last second victory over a very good Houston Texans team 32-30. The team had to be pleased with the effort from backup QB Nick Foles, who completed 35 of 49 passes for 471 yards and 4 TDs against Houston. If he can play like that, the NFL’s 8th best passing attack won’t miss starter Wentz at all.
A devastating injury to starting QB Alex Smith around mid-season really turned the Washington Redskins (7-8) on its head. Prior to the injury, the Skins were leading the NFC East by two games. Unfortunately, the lack of a quality backup QB resulted in them losing 5 of its last 6 games. In those 6 games, the Skins have only been able to generate enough offense to score 17 PPG. On the bright side, veteran RB Adrian Peterson ran for 119 yards last week against the Tennessee Titans to become the oldest player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. His efforts have helped offset a passing game that ranks 28th in the NFL.
Prediction: With back-to-back wins against two top Super Bowl contenders, the Eagles have shown great heart in the team’s drive to make the playoffs. They need this win for any chance to make it. Washington has nothing to play for aside from trying to play spoilers against a division foe. How will the Redskins score against an improving Eagles D? Play Eagles -6 (Final score Phil 30-16)