Eagles Redskins Pick Against Spread – NFL Week 6

Five weeks into the 2011 NFL season and the wheels look to be falling off in Philadelphia. Infamously dubbed the ‘Dream Team’ at the outset of this campaign by backup quarterback Vince Young, the Eagles are having trouble living up to the moniker. Currently sitting at 1-4, and dead last in the always competitive NFC East, it is desperation mode for Philadelphia as they look for a much-needed win in Washington.

Nobody could’ve possibly imagined the stacked Eagles line-up would falter so horribly early on in the season. However with Week 6 upon us, it will likely take a 9-2 record the rest of the way to sneak into the playoffs. That is a tall task, but a squad this talented should never be counted out. Although Philly has looked in disarray the past few weeks, the Eagles still have the capability to be the best team on any given Sunday. Right now, it is just a matter of going out there and proving it. Rumours have swirled around the team’s camp this week about possible player and coaching replacement, and you can bet the team gets the message loud and clear; Start winning, or changes are afoot, especially heading into a bye week.

Meanwhile, all is well in Washington as the often criticized Rex Grossman has led a surprisingly mediocre team to a 3-1 record. You can count on the Redskins to come into this one relaxed coming off their bye week, and amped up at the opportunity to potentially bury the once Super Bowl favourite Eagles. The Redskins have also failed to forget the beating they received last season by these very Eagles, who exploded for 59 points on a shaky Washington defense. This time around, they’ve vowed things will be different.

Eagles vs. Redskins Spread, Line, and Betting Odds:

Spread:
Philadelphia Eagles -1 (-115)
@ Washington Redskins +1 (-105)

Game Total:
Over 47 (-110)
Under 47 (-110)

Eagles vs. Redskins Pick:

To put things simply, the Eagles have to emerge victorious in this game. Use any cliché you want to describe their mentality heading into Washington, but a loss really puts a dent to all of their lofty aspirations. Though they currently sit at a dismal 1-4 record, this team is a couple of breaks away from being a 4-1 squad. Last week in Buffalo for instance, the Eagles looked poised to storm back and pull off a miraculous comeback win, but a tipped ball of an Eagles’ wide-receiver ended up as an interception, likely costing them the win. They’ve been close this season, but are well aware the time is now to start finishing off their opponents.

Washington’s defense looks to be much improved over last year’s awful unit, however they have yet to experience an offense as prolific as the Philadelphia Eagles. They can expect a motivated, hungry group of talented backs, receivers, and the always dangerous Mike Vick. For the Redskins to have any success at all in this game, they must pressure Vick and hit him early and often. Though they have capable pass-rushing linebackers in Brian Orakpo, and Ryan Kerrigan, expect a vintage performance from Mike Vick. He will be elusive in the pocket, and ensure his struggling offensive line gives him just enough time to test the Washington secondary downfield to his big-play receivers in DeSean Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin. Philly’s O-Line has been a huge issue thus far, but it’s important to point out this is a capable, athletic group that is wildly underachieving. They will improve, and there isn’t a better time for a reversal of fortunes than this week.

The key in this game will be the Eagles defense taking on Rex Grossman and the Washington offense. Though Philadelphia has looked shockingly bad on defense through the first five weeks, expect them to make Grossman and an offense devoid of weapons to look much worse. Key offseason acquisition for the Eagles, Nnamdi Asomugha will prove why he earned huge money this past summer and blanket receiver Santana Moss. Philadelphia, although they’ve struggled against the run will be able to focus on loading the box and shutting down a mediocre collection of backs in Ryan Torain, and Tim Hightower, who is still in doubt to suit up Sunday. Finally, last week much of the Eagles’ second half success can be attributed to changing formations in their defensive scheme. They focused on reverting back to a more traditional 4-3 set-up and experienced great success defending the run. Look for Philadelphia to continue that system, employ a disciplined game plan following their players-only meeting, and get their season back on track with a much-needed victory come Sunday.

PICK = Eagles -1

Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.