Monday Night Football is always more entertaining when it involves divisional rivals – and that’s exactly what we will be treated to to close out what has been an exciting Week 7 of NFL action. The Washington Redskins will travel to Philadelphia to do battle with the NFC East-leading Eagles and the red-hot Carson Wentz. While many figured the Eagles would be better this season, I’m not sure many anticipated this level of dominance so early on.
After crushing the Panthers in convincing fashion this week, they’ll look to extend their NFC East lead over a divisional rival. Washington has been hit or miss so far in 2017, and they enter with a 3-2 record on Monday evening – still with legitimate playoff talent and aspirations.
As it always is when these teams meet, this should be a thrilling contest with lots of points put up on the board. Already it means a ton to both squads, and that desperation should be fully evident on Monday night. Let’s try to end Week 7 off on a good note – so read on below for a full game breakdown and an official betting prediction for Monday Night Football.
Eagles vs. Redskins Betting Odds:
Washington Redskins +4.5 (-110)
@ Philadelphia Eagles -4.5 (-110)
Over 49 (-110)
Under 49 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Eagles vs. Redskins Pick:
The Eagles are rolling and they are only going to get better. It is expected they’ll be welcoming back Lane Johnson back into the fold for Monday evening, and with him protecting Wentz – expect the vicious Ryan Kerrigan blitzes to be kept in check. Carson Wentz should be able to have a relatively clean pocket with ample time and space. Making matters worse is the fact that Washington likely won’t have Josh Norman in their secondary either. Look for both Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz to both take full advantage of this downfield. It’s also worth pointing out that RB Wendell Smallwood will also be returning to the Eagles.
On the other side of the ball, Kirk Cousins too enjoys solid protection – though we’ll see how that holds up against Philly’s ferocious defensive front. Cam Newton had all kinds of trouble with this in Week 6, and the Eagles should be able to get to Cousins. He’ll need to release the ball quickly and with all of the injuries within his receiving corps – it’s not looking promising for the Redskins offense.
The Eagles enter one of the most complete teams in the entire NFL right now. They’re lethal offensively at the moment, and can do a bunch of things on defense that can and will disrupt Cousins. I am a tad surprised that this spread has dropped and the number seems quite short on the hometown Eagles. Even though some complacency might seep in, they’re a class above Washington, and getting Lane Johnson back is integral to their offense. Expect another Eagles show on Monday Night Football.
PICK = Eagles -4.5 (-110)