Saturday Night Football Prediction

Posted: 12/26/2015 by levcohen in Football

Because the NFL loves money, there’s another Saturday Night Football game tonight. This time, the game is one of the few remaining in this regular season that actually means something. If the Redskins win this game, they win the NFC East and have a shot at finishing the year above .500 to boot. If the Eagles win… chaos. Any of the Skins, Birds, or Giants would have a chance at winning the division.

Washington Redskins (7-7, 7-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-8, 6-8):*
Spread: Eagles favored by 3.5
Over/under: 48
My prediction: Is there any reason to have confidence in the Eagles on either side of the ball?? I guess they’ll be able to move the ball against Washington a little bit, but the running game has to show up, and I can’t really trust them at this point. Jordan Matthews was the only receiver to play well last week against the Cardinals, a vast departure from most of the season, when Matthews was one of the worst wideouts in football. Which J-Matt will we see tonight? This is a very winnable game for the Eagles, since Washington has just one road win all season and is very beatable defensively. But Washington will also have a great chance to win, as Kirk Cousins has suddenly turned this offense into a high-octane one, with the help of star tight end Jordan Reed and deep threat DeSean Jackson, who always loves playing against his former team. These are two of the least consistent teams in football ranking 23rd (Washington) and 31st (Philadelphia) in variance (1st being most consistent), so your bet is as good as mine here. One thing I feel strongly about: this is going to be a fairly high scoring game. And with that being the case, I just feel more confident in Washington’s passing game (Cousins-Reed-Jackson, 9th in DVOA) than I do in Philly’s (Sam Bradford-Matthews-Zach Ertz, 28th). Redskins win 27-24.
Redskins cover


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