The Philadelphia Eagles know they have to win and will be scoreboard watching what Minnesota does. Washington, they just want to end the Eagles season Sunday.
By virtue of winning four of their last five games, Philadelphia has placed themselves in a position to possibly defend their Super Bowl title. The Eagles have to beat Washington on the road first and hope Minnesota slips up at home against Chicago.
Philadelphia knows it’s not completely out of the question that could occur, but as coach Doug Pederson has probably told his team all week; unless the Eagles win, it does not matter what the Vikings do, control what you can control.
At least in Philly’s favor they have their late-season Mr. Clutch, Nick Foles. Back in the day, Reggie Jackson was known as Mr. October, for his clutch play in the postseason for the New York Yankees. For a second straight season, Foles is making his own late-season magic like last year. It is evident both in body language and the results, Foles and his teammates believe and trust each other and they are winning.
We will never know how good Washington could have been, as injuries robbed them on the offensive side of the ball and they are at the point of having to play Josh Johnson as their fourth different starting quarterback this season. Just think, five weeks ago this Sunday, Johnson was playing in a charity basketball tournament and was not a member of the Redskins.
The NFL odds have Philly as a 6.5-point road favorite with a total of 42. Washington has severe limitations in the passing game, but Adrian Peterson has been a rock for the Redskins all year. This has the feel of an Eagles blowout or a down to wire divisional conflict. Let’s side with the latter, with Washington giving a max effort and hitting a few big pass plays against a shredded Philadelphia secondary. That does not mean that we will see many points, as both defenses stall their opponents in the red zone.