NFL: PHILADELPHIA at WASHINGTON
The Monday night game matches a pair of divisional rivals coming off bitter losses as heavy favorites. The Redskins lost at home to the Chiefs to fall to 2-4 on the season, and this will actually be the first time since Week 1 that they are matched against a quality opponent. That is a questionable description of Philadelphia though, coming off the 13-9 loss at Oakland.
Oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com like the Eagles’ chances, putting them as TD-favorites on the road.
Off for two weeks after this one, Washington has struggled offensively going into the bye week of late, scoring 13.4 PPG in its L10, resulting in eight UNDER’s. For Philly, this is the first divisional contest of ’09, and they are on a 5-1 ATS run on the road vs. NFC East rivals. The Eagles are on a 9-5 SU & 9-4-1 ATS run in Washington with 12 of the L16 meetings here going UNDER.
Here we are after six weeks into the season and the Redskins will finally line up against an opponent with a win under its belt. That’s right…Washington’s first six games came against a team yet to win: New York Giants (0-0), St. Louis (0-1), Detroit (0-2), Tampa Bay (0-3), Carolina (0-3) and Kansas City (0-5). Its next one comes against a team that just lost to the Raiders.
The Redskins don’t need offensive input as much as they need output. They haven’t cracked 17 points in a game and starting quarterback Jason Campbell was benched at halftime of last week’s 14-6 loss to the Chiefs. Campbell’s touchdown-to-interception ratio stands at 6-to-6, and running back Clinton Portis has one rushing touchdown.
Up front, Washington is banged up and getting pushed around and the blitz-happy Eagles can smell blood. The line saw left tackle Chris Samuels go down midway through the Week 5 loss at Carolina with a neck stinger that also caused him to miss the Kansas City game. That forced right tackle Stephon Heyer to move to the left side, right guard Mike Williams to slide into Heyer’s spot, and Chad Rinehart to fill Williams’ shoes.
Opponents have 16 sacks of Campbell, who has eight fumbles including two lost but should get his job back this week regardless. He was able to avoid the Eagles’ defensive flurry in 2008 when the Redskins swept the season series. He didn’t throw a touchdown pass or an interception against them, but Washington won 23-17 on the road and 10-3 at home. With the exception of Drew Brees, quarterbacks have struggled against the Eagles. In their three wins the defense has eight interceptions and four passing scores allowed.
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