NFC East rivals collide this Sunday afternoon when the 3-1 Washington Redskins, fresh off an impressive upset of the Dallas Cowboys, visit Philadelphia to take on a 2-2 Eagles team coming off a tough Sunday night loss in Chicago.
OddsMaker is listing the Eagles as 5.5-point home chalk for Sunday’s game vs. the ‘Skins (1 pm Eastern, FOX), with the total at 43 points.
Washington opened this season, and the Jim Zorn era, with a lackluster loss on the road to the New York Giants. But since then the ‘Skins have won three straight games, over New Orleans, Arizona, and Dallas.
On the other side of this matchup, Philadelphia opened the season with a rout of St. Louis, then lost a high-scoring game at Dallas. The Eagles then rebounded with a tough win over Pittsburgh, but got stuffed on a goal-line situation late in the game in a 24-20 loss to the Bears on Sunday night.
Washington got outrushed by the Giants on opening night by 70 yards, but the ‘Skins out-grounded their next three foes by 94, 20, and 117 yards. Philly, meanwhile, has outrushed all four of its opponents this season, by an average of 35 yards per game.
These two division rivals split their two meetings last season. In September, Washington won 20-12 as 6-point road underdogs in Philly, and the Redskins led the second game at home in November by five points with four minutes to go. However, the Eagles scored two TDs in the next two minutes of that game and left Landover with a 33-25 win as 3-point road dogs.
Last season, Washington went 7-7-2 against the spread, 4-3-1 ATS on the road, and 4-2 vs. the numbers when dogged by more than a field goal. The totals went 7-9 in ‘Skins games last season, which averaged 40 total points. This season, Washington is 3-1 against the spread, and 1-1 ATS as underdogs. As well, the totals are 2-2 in Redskins games this season, which have averaged 42 points.
Philadelphia went 8-8 vs. the lines last season, but just 2-6 ATS at home, and 3-3 against the spread when favored by more than a field goal. Also, the totals went 7-9 in Eagles games last season, which averaged 40 total points. This season, Philly is 3-1 vs. the numbers, and 2-0 ATS when chalked by more than a field goal. The totals are 2-2 in Eagles games this season, which are averaging â€“ with the help of that shootout down in Dallas three weeks ago â€“ 46 total points.
OddsMaker is also listing Philly at +500 on the NFC Championship betting board, with Washington getting +1,200. As well, the Eagles are listed at +1,200 on the updated Super Bowl betting board, with the Redskins sitting at +2,500.