This week, another team from the NFC East has a shot to position themselves for a playoff run. Two wild card spots remain in the conference, and Philadelphia currently holds one as the seventh seed.
Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5)
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 2nd
- Time: 1:00 PM EST on FOX
- Venue: FedExField in North Englewood, MD
- Participants: Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Football Team
This week, the Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) control their playoff destiny against the Washington Football Team (6-9). It’s a must-win game for the Eagles.
Last week, the Dallas Cowboys destroyed the WFT, 56-14. The Eagles beat Washington in the previous week, 27-17.
Garrett Gilbert had started for Washington when they played Philadelphia instead of Taylor Heinicke and Ryan Allen, two quarterbacks placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.
At Dallas last week, Heinicke only completed seven passes out of 22 attempts with two interceptions and one score.
Jalen Hurts went 20-for-26 for 296 passing yards with one touchdown and an interception at Washington in Week 15. Miles Sanders ran for 131 yards on 18 carries. Dallas Goedert caught seven passes for 135 yards.
At home against the New York Giants last week, Jalen Hurts threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Sanders had 45 rushing yards before leaving the game with a broken hand. DeVonta Smith caught five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles put up 31 of its 34 points in the second half, including a pick-six from linebacker Alex Singleton.
How many points can the Philadelphia Eagles score against the WFT this week?
Eagles (-185) vs. WFT
The Eagles are a solid favorite to win at Washington this week. However, Sanders’ injury could impact the team’s playoff chances.
Jordan Howard also left Sunday’s game against the Giants with a stinger. Head coach Nick Sirianni addressed the results of Howard’s MRI this week, indicating that he was hopeful that he could play at Washington.
Two weeks ago, Howard had 69 rushing yards on 15 carries against the WFT. Boston Scott had 12 carries for 41 yards and one touchdown against the Giants last week.
Luckily for the Eagles, they have a starting quarterback who contributes to the ground game. In Week 15, Hurts had two rushing scores against Washington.
The Eagles lead the league in rushing yards per game (163.2) and rushing touchdowns (22). Hurts has almost half of those rushing touchdowns, while Sanders hasn’t scored all season.
Washington has allowed an average of 36.7 PPG in their previous three matchups. Philadelphia has averaged 31.3 PPG in that same span. Along with running back Kenneth Gainwell, Howard and Scott have combined for 915 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns this season.
Washington has allowed an averaged of 156 rushing yards per game in their last three contests. Their passing defense also ranks 30th in the NFL for yards allowed.
Philadelphia leads the league in rushing touchdowns per game (1.7). They’re also ranked 11th at passing touchdowns per game (1.7) in their last three matchups.
I believe the Eagles should score at least 24 points this week, although 27-30 is a possibility.
Philadelphia Eagles: A Top-Scoring Offense in Week 17?
The Philadelphia Eagles will be playing for their season this week against the Washington Football Team. Even without Sanders, they’ve got depth at the running back position.
Hurts as a mobile quarterback is also one of the biggest reasons the Eagles are one of the best rushing teams in the NFL.
The Eagles have a significant opportunity to be one of the top-scoring offenses in Week 17. Can they do it?
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