Eagles vs. Redskins Monday Night Football Preview & Pick
The 3-2 Philadelphia Eagles travel to Washington to play the 2-4 Redskins on Monday Night. The match up certainly does not have the on the field appeal that the schedule makers hoped for nearing the mid-point of the season. The Eagles leave the West coast after a truly atrocious performance against the Oakland Raiders last week. They managed only 9 points on 3 field goals, becoming the first team in nearly 3 years to not score a touchdown against the Raiders. I am all about giving credit where credit is due, but this is the same Raiders team that lost by 20, 23, and 37 points in the previous 3 weeks. If there ever was a team going in the wrong direction it was the Raiders.
The Washington Redskins on the other hand, are just bad on and off the field every week. They rank 29th in points scored, averaging 13.2 points per game, failing to score a touchdown in 2 of their last 3 games. They do not have a quarterback in which they trust as Jason Campbell was finally benched last week against the Chiefs. He was 9 of 16 for 89 yards and an interception before giving way to Todd Collins. The Redskins play calling has been under the microscope since week 1. Jim Zorn was finally “relieved” of his playing calling duties after last week’s loss. All of this has come about as the team has lost 3 of their last 4 games to some of the worst teams in football; Detroit, Carolina, and Kansas City. It really is an impressively bad resume only 6 games into the season.
The trendy pick for many cappers out there will be the Washington Redskins for the simple fact that they have proven to keep games close. With the exception of last week’s 8 point loss, the outcome has been decided by 6 points or fewer in all Redskins games year to date. The betting line is currently Philadelphia -7 points, so late money will be flowing away from the Eagles as kickoff nears. Do not buy into this trend. Philadelphia has enough weapons on both sides of the ball to win this game but 2 touchdowns. Donovan McNabb will be playing his third game back from injury. By now, the rust or nerves, or any other non-tangible excuse should be eliminated. Andy Reid will continue to open the playbook even more as any lingering doubts about McNabb’s health should be eliminated.
The latest injury wire that could affect the game plan is the questionable status of Albert Haynesworth. The Redskins are 24th in the league in rushing defense and his absence or limited play does not bode well for the ‘Skins. The Eagles are 30th in the league in rushing attempts and 26th in total yards this year. Brian Westbrook has struggled this season with only 184 yards on the ground and a single touchdown. A healthy dose of Westbrook combined with the absence of Haynesworth will mark his break out performance of the season.
The Monday Night pick this week is Philadelphia -7. The Eagles are a far better team than what they showed last week and the Redskins are exactly what they show us every week, a bad team.
MNF Pick: Philadelphia -7