NFL Free Pick: PHI/WASH

Two NFC East Division rivals square off in D.C. this week when the Washington Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles, who are hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out a Free NFL Pick for Week 16.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Eagles -5 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 38.5 total points.

Key Trend: Washington is 6-2 against the spread in its last eight games when playing Philadelphia, while the total has gone under in the Eagles’ last seven games when playing on the road against the Redskins.

Key Stat: Both teams have limited opponents to an average of less than 20 points this season as the Redskins have allowed opponents just 19 PPG and the Eagles 19.5 PPG.

Game Outlook: The desire for most bettors this week is going to be to take the hot Eagles over a Redskins team that was just eliminated from postseason contention following an embarrassing loss to the Bengals last week in Cincinnati. But oddsmakers are giving away too many opponents for a divisional game – especially considering Washington is getting points at home. The Redskins would love to play spoiler and will find a way to at least slow down Donovan McNabb and Brain Westbrook, who have terrorized opponents the past couple weeks. We won’t call an outright victory for the Skins, but expect head coach Jim Zorn to be more aggressive in his play-calling with nothing on the line and to burn the Eagles’ blitz packages with screens and draw plays. Philly wins, but take the gift 5 points and the Redskins. For the rest of our Free NFL Pick, see below.

Our Free NFL Pick for the Week 16 matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins game is

WASHINGTON REDSKINS +5

TheSpread.com Projected Final Score

Philadelphia Eagles 20

Washington Redskins 16

We also predict that this game will GO UNDER THE TOTAL (37 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS

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Posted: 12/21/08 10:30AM ET

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