Redskins vs. Eagles Spread Prediction
The Philadelphia Eagles still have an outside shot of reaching the playoffs but they’ll need to beat the Redskins on Sunday or else they’ll be eliminated with a loss. Are they a safe play laying 6.5 points on the road?
309 Philadelphia Eagles at 310 Washington Redskins
4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday, December 30
FedExField, Landover, Maryland
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Eagles are 6.5-point favorites to beat the Redskins. The total, meanwhile, sits at 42 points. As of this writing, 69% of the public betting tickets are on the Eagles to cover the point spread.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles are not expected to retain Nick Foles this offseason. Foles has played well when called upon, including last year during the Eagles' miracle playoff run, but former second overall pick Carson Wentz remains the team's long-term solution at quarterback. Quarterback-needy teams are expected to pursue Foles this offseason, giving the Eagles a decision to make. Philadelphia could franchise-tag Foles and attempt to trade him or they could pick up his $20 million option for next season. In the latter scenario, Foles would likely buy his way into free agency by giving back $2 million. Either way, the reigning Super Bowl MVP should be in high demand this offseason.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden is expected to return in 2019. The Redskins have tanked since losing Alex Smith to a season-ending injury, losing five of their last six games. Gruden's coaching was criticized by his own players at times this year, with D.J. Swearinger and Josh Norman calling out the team. Washington has been at the center of controversy under Gruden, who played a role in letting Kirk Cousins go and bringing in Reuben Foster. With no quarterback in place, the Redskins don't have much choice but to give Gruden another year.
NFL Betting Trends
The Eagles are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games versus a team with a losing record.
The Redskins have dropped nine of their last 12 games at the betting window when facing an NFC East rival.
Nick Foles played fairly well in back-to-back games but he remains one of the more inconsistent signal-callers in the NFL. That’s partly why he’s been a back-up despite winning a Super Bowl a year ago. The Redskins have been competitive despite being down to fourth-stringer Josh Johnson and I expect them to show up today in efforts to spoil the Eagles’ playoff hopes and finish 2018 with an 8-8 record. This line feels inflated.
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