Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Monday, October 23, 2017, 8:30 pm Eastern, TV: ESPN
Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Opening Line: Philadelphia -6
Current Line: Philadelphia -4 1/2
Opening Total: 48 1/2
Current Total: 49
Opening Money Line: Eagles -225 / Redskins +185
Current Money Line: Eagles -220 / Redskins +180
The Philadelphia Eagles have been one of the biggest surprises in football as we approach the midway point of the season. The Eagles are 5-1 and have the best record in the NFL. They look to continue their four game winning streak as they host the rival Washington Redskins who are 3-2 Monday night. Win or lose the Eagles will remain in first place in the NFC East.
Washington leads the series 86-74-5 against Philadelphia. The Eagles won on the road against the Redskins 30-17 to open this season. The win snapped a a five game losing streak against Washington for Philadelphia. These two rivals have been playing since 1934 when the Redskins were based in Boston.
Washington is coached by Jay Gruden. The Redskins have a home loss to the Eagles 30-17 and a road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs 29-20. Washington has a road win over the Los Angeles Rams 27-20 and home wins over the Oakland Raiders 27-10 and San Francisco 49ers 26-24 last week. The Redskins were 12 point favorites against the 49ers and the total was 46. Washington is 2-3 ATS and the total is 3-2 this season.
Philadelphia is coached by Doug Pederson. The Eagles have road wins at the Washington Redskins 30-17, Los Angeles Chargers 26-24 and Carolina Panthers 28-23 last Thursday, plus home wins over the New York Giants 27-24 and Arizona Cardinals 34-7 week, plus a loss at the Kansas City Chiefs 27-20. Against the Panthers, Philadelphia was a 3 point underdog and the total was 44. Philadelphia is 4-2 ATS and the total is 4-2 this season.
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Washington is outscoring teams 23.4-22.6 this season. The Redskins average 374 yards per game on offense including 251 passing and 123 rushing yards per game. Washington is #10 or better in all three categories. On defense, Washington allows 316 yards per game including 228 passing and 88 rushing yards. Washington is #12 in total defense, and #8 in rush defense. The Redskins are 27/66 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 30/72. Washington has forced 15 sacks and allowed 8 this season. The Redskins are -1 in turnovers and has allowed 2 defensive touchdowns.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins has completed 66.5% of his passes for 1,334 yards with 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, plus he has 103 rushing yards on 19 carries with a touchdown. He has been sacked 8 times.
Running back Chris Thompson has 36 carries for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns, plus 18 catches for 340 yards and 2 touchdowns. Samaje Perine has 55 carries for 166 yards, plus he has 5 catches for 30 yards and a touchdown. Robert Kelley has 29 carries for 131 yards. He is questionable with an ankle injury.
Tight end Vernon Davis has 11 catches for 225 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Terelle Pryor, Sr. has 16 catches for 209 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Grant has 13 catches for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tight end Jordan Reed has 18 catches for 142 yards. Jamison Crowder has 17 catches for 121 yards. Eleven defensive players and four offensive linemen are listed on the injury report.
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Philadelphia is outscoring teams 28-20 this season. The Eagles are #7 in scoring. Philadelphia averages 383 total yards per game including 251 passing and 133 rushing yards. The Eagles are in the top ten in all three categories. The Eagles allow 339 yards per game on defense including 274 passing and 66 rushing yards. Philadelphia is #1 in rush defense, but #29 in pass defense. Philadelphia is 48/92 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 27/82. The Eagles have forced 14 sacks and allowed 16 this season. Philadelphia is +4 in turnovers.
Quarterback Carson Wentz has completed 60.9% of his passes for 1,584 yards with 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, and has 133 rushing yards on 32 carries. He has been sacked 16 times.
Running back LaGarrette Blount has 70 carries for 390 yards and a touchdown, plus a touchdown catch. Wendell Smallwood has 29 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown, plus 7 catches for 56 yards. He is probable with a knee injury. Corey Clement has 25 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown, plus a catch for 22 yards. Darren Sproles has 15 carries for 61 yards, plus 7 catches for 61 yards. He is out for the season with a torn ACL. Donnel Pumphrey is also out for the season with a hamstring injury
Tight end Zach Ertz has 34 catches for 405 yards and 4 touchdowns. Receiver Nelson Agholor has 20 catches for 321 yards and 4 touchdowns. Alshon Jeffrey has 24 catches for 317 yards and 2 touchdowns. Torrey Smith has 14 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown. Twelve defensive players, including five players in the secondary, are listed on the injury report. Kicker Caleb Sturgis is out until at least week 11 with a quad injury.
Washington is 6-1 ATS after allowing 90 rushing yards or less, 5-1 after failing to cover, 4-1 against teams with winning home records, 7-2 against teams with winning records, 10-3 in road games, 8-3 after gaining more than 350 total yards, 3-8 in week seven, 1-4 after a straight up win, and 0-4 in Monday games. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in this series recently. The Redskins have covered six of the last seven against the Eagles and are 8-2 ATS in Philadelphia recently.
Philadelphia is 4-0 ATS against teams with winning road records, 5-1 against NFC teams, 4-1 after a straight up win, after a cover, after allowing less than 90 rushing yards, against teams with winning records and in October, 7-2 overall, 6-2 on grass, 5-2 in Monday games, 7-3 at home, and 2-7 in week seven. The over is 5-2 overall in this series and 4-1-1 in Philadelphia between the teams.
Philadelphia could very well be the best team in the league, but the schedule hasn’t been that challenging so far. Washington has been a little inconsistent, but they are a dangerous team. The Eagles won earlier this season in Washington, and I think they sweep the series in a high scoring game.