Monday Night Football Betting – Eagles Just As Pathetic As Redskins
Traditionally, the Philadelphia Eagles-Washington Redskins games provide some high entertainment value. This year’s episode on Monday Night Football may be a different story.
The Philadelphia Eagles are off a very ugly loss to the Oakland Raiders. The Eagles were the NFC favorite coming into the season and were supposed to be an offensive juggernaut, yet last week they only mustered nine points in a pitiful loss to the Raiders.
Time: 8:30 ET
Venue: FedEx Field
Eagles vs. Redskins Monday Night Football Lines
MoneyLine: Eagles -300 / Redskins +250
Spread: Eagles -7.5
On the other hand, the Redskins didn’t look much better in their loss to their AFC West foe. The Redskins handled the Kansas City Chiefs their first win of the season. The Redskins also failed to score an offensive touchdown.
Redskins head coach Jim Zorn is already on the hot seat. He’s going to be fired but now it’s just a matter of when. If Andy Reid loses this game, he took might start feeling the heat.
Eagles offense vs Redskins defense
It’s no longer funny how pathetic the Eagles offensive game plans are nowadays. Week in and week out, the Eagles choose to be a pass-happy offense, which really makes the game plan much easier for their opponents.
Last week, the Eagles passed the ball 46 times and handed it off just 11 times for nearly a 5-to-1 ratio. That made it really easy for the Raiders to pin their ears back and just rush Donovan McNabb. The Raiders had six sacks and hit him countless other times.
The worst part about the Eagles is that they actually have a good running game; it’s just they choose to avoid it. The Eagles average 4.3 yards per carry but they only average 23.2 attempts per game, which is fourth-fewest in the NFL. What’s worse is that the Eagles have invested a lot into running backs such as Brian Westrbook and LeSean McCoy.
For this week’s game, a lot of people are expecting the Eagles to run away with it but the Redskins have the third-ranked pass defense in the NFL. They also have 15 sacks, which is sixth-most in the NFL. If the Eagles don’t run the ball more, they may not even win this game.
Redskins offense vs Eagles defense
While the Raiders exploited a few weakness in the Eagles offense last week, the Redskins can take it a step further this week since they have better parts.
The Eagles linebacking corps is beaten up as starters Stewart Bradley and Omar Gaither are out for the season. The Eagles were so thin last week that they called up Jeremiah Trotter to start, who had been out of football for two years. His lack of mobility was exploited several times as the Raiders racked up plenty of rushing yards.
Beyond that, considering JaMarcus Russell completed 17-of-28 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown, which should inspire some confidence in Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.
Outlook & Pick
How do you lay seven points on the road with the Eagles after they just lost on the road outright as a 14-point favorite? Now this is the second of back-to-back road games for the Eagles and again they are favored by a wide margin. But considering that they don’t run the ball and they are facing a good pass defense, don’t expect them to run away with this game – pardon the pun.
It’s true that this will be the first team this year that the Redskins have faced a team with a win. But even though the competition steps up, look for them to have success on the ground with Clinton Portis and at least keep this game close.
Pick: Redskins +7
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Dave Golokhov has written for BETUS Sportsbook, Sportsfanmagazine.com, FOX, Askmen.com, Sports-central.org, and the FOXSports.com Funhouse.