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Washington Football Team At Philadelphia Eagles Picks & Betting Predictions
The Eagles are fresh off their bye week as they host a Washington Football Team dealing with a combination of injury and COVID. It’s a big reason why sportsbooks see the Eagles as a heavier favorite, despite Washington technically having an advantage in the standings.
The middle lines of 4 to 5 points can be trickier NFL spreads to play, but the assumed absences of WFT players is baked into this line. The Eagles are dealing with a smaller COVID issue and are awaiting whether Quez Watkins plays. But the bigger damage will be on Washington’s side as COVID is just one reason for absences. Both Terry McLaurin and J.D. McKissic are in concussion protocol, and Taylor Heinicke left last week’s loss with a knee injury.
Getting ahead of injury news is a huge factor in successful NFL betting, as would be the case if WFT is down a bunch of starters. Jalen Hurts is expected to be healthy and start after missing the Eagles’ last game against the Jets.
Not knowing the true injury status is a good reminder about knowing when to make your NFL picks during the week, especially if you are on WFT.
Take a look at Eagles vs. Washington odds, injury report, betting lines and more.
WFT vs Eagles Key Matchups
Eagles Rush O vs WFT Rush D: This is a top-5 matchup between the two units and should be the biggest reason why either team wins the game. The Eagles are running the ball better than anyone in the league and the WFT run D is 5th-best in the NFL.
WFT Rush O vs Eagles Rush D: This doesn’t have the same dynamic as the previous matchup but it’s a pathway for WFT to win this game. Both units come in ranked 12th in their respective categories. As a lesser key matchup, how well Washington runs the ball may determine their success.
WFT Pass Rush vs Eagles Pass O: Hard to think of a wider gap in how well one team runs the ball versus throws it, but to be fair to Philadelphia, there’s no need to throw when you are running down a team’s throat. If WFT can stop the run – or even slow it down – they can put the Eagles' 31st-ranked pass offense in a tough spot.
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WFT vs Eagles Key Stats
22nd: The Washington pass offense is 22nd in the NFL with 230.5 passing YPG, and things might get even worse pending availability. The team may be without its best WR and starting QB due to injury.
160: The Eagles are an offensive machine when it comes to running the football, averaging a league-best 160 rushing YPG.
2: With Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard both dealing with injury this week, there’s a chance the Eagles only roster two healthy RBs in Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell.
6: In 12 games played so far this season, Jalen Hurts has six games without an interception. While they have come in bunches, Hurts has not been totally loose with the football.
6-7: Both teams have identical records heading into this game and both have a legit shot of making the postseason. This game is more than just a rivalry matchup of two teams playing inside the same division.
7.5: WFT DL Jonathan Allen is out early this week with an illness and might not make this week’s game. He and his 7.5 sacks would be missed right away by WFT.
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WFT vs Eagles Moneyline
It’s hard to ride a team with such a big lay on the ML with all the circumstances surrounding the Eagles, namely they are still one game below .500 with a QB that’s playing hurt. The value is gone north of laying 2-to-1, so use this pick as a good anchor play or a confidence leg in a parlay.
It’s too risky right now taking anything WFT – even this big ML – because of the uncertainty of who is actually available to play in this game. The Eagles will only lose value both here and on the spread, so if you like Philadelphia or think WFT is decimated, jump in on this one now.
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WFT vs Eagles Point Spread
We see betting sites only asking the Eagles to cover a 5.5-point line despite all that is going on with Washington. The WFT may not have their starting QB, where the Eagles are just taking precautionary measures to ensure Hurts starts. That’s a big difference and if Heinicke can’t go, and Hurts does, this is a true line north of a TD.
It’s going to be hard to move it past 7 points, but it’s easy to see an injury or two for WFT moving it up to -7. The value is actually taking the Eagles anything lower than 6, with a convincing victory coming at home for Philadelphia.
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WFT vs Eagles Point Total
It’s simply going to be hard for Washington to score many points – especially if McLaurin is out on Sunday. The best bet would be to take the under for a couple of reasons on the game theory. First, the Eagles would much rather run all day than throw, so expect longer drives and the clock to move.
Second, the WFT might be down a bunch of players, including key starters on offense. If they start a backup QB or bump up WRs on the depth chart, expect a safer game plan. Finally, both teams NEED this game to stay alive in the wild-card hunt. Expect more of a conservative attack from both teams – at least in the first half. Take Under 44 (-110) at BetMGM.
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