The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Washington Football Team in another NFC East battle. It's time to continue our NFL odds series and make an Eagles-Washington prediction and pick.
The Eagles took a huge step forward in Week 16 with a win over the New York Giants. That win pushed Philadelphia into the last wild card spot in the NFC, so the playoff berth is now theirs to lose over the last two weeks of play. This is obviously a crucial game for the Eagles, but it matters even more for Washington. The Football Team has to win out in order to have any chance at the postseason, and even two consecutive wins doesn't guarantee a playoff spot. This game has plenty of importance to both teams, so expect it to be a hyper-competitive matchup between these rivals.
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Here are the odds for the Eagles-Washington Week 17 game, courtesy of FanDuel.
NFL Odds: Eagles-Washington Odds
Philadelphia Eagles: -4.5 (-110)
Washington Football Team: +4.5 (-110)
Over: 44.5 (-110)
Under: 44.5 (-110)
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Why The Eagles Could Cover The Spread
There is a clear talent gap between these two teams. Despite their somewhat similar records, it's clear that the Eagles have been the far better team, especially over the last couple of months. Philadelphia is 6-2 in their last eight games, with impressive wins over the likes of the New Orleans Saints and the Denver Broncos. The Eagles also just beat Washington by multiple scores. It's surprising to see Philadelphia favored by less than six here.
The last time these teams faced off, Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts had a nice day through the air. That isn't surprising, given Washington's complete inability to defend against opposing passing games. The Football Team allows almost 270 passing yards per game to go along with 7.5 yards per pass attempt. Both of those numbers are among the worst in the NFL. Hurts shouldn't have much trouble moving the football in this one.
Why Washington Could Cover The Spread
Despite their earlier loss to the Eagles, there's reason to believe that the Football Team can cover here. Garrett Gilbert started for Washington the last time these two teams played, making it a bit of an unfair matchup. Even with their fourth-string quarterback, head coach Ron Rivera's squad managed to hang with the Eagles until the second half. Now Taylor Heinicke is back under center, giving Washington a much better shot at winning this game and covering in the process.
Philadelphia's recent stretch of wins has been impressive, but the level of competition that they faced in the process is less than inspiring. The Eagles destroyed the New York Jets and the New York Giants but also dropped a game to the Giants in the process. A healthy Football Team will be the toughest test for the Eagles in over a month, and it's a road game for Philadelphia. This could easily be a trap game for the inexperienced Eagles.
Final Eagles-Washington Prediction & Pick
The over is the best pick on the board here. The Eagles have looked fantastic on offense lately, and the Football Team should be able to carry their weight in that category against a slightly overrated Philadelphia defense. Expect plenty of points.
Final Eagles-Washington Prediction & Pick: Over 44.5 (-110)