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How To Bet On Redskins Eagles – Washington Gets Important Divisional Win

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/19/2012 5:38:20 PM

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday December 23, 2012 1:00PM EST

The football betting public knows that this game in week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles ranks as one of the biggest of the season for the Washington Redskins. If the Redskins lose this game, their chances of winning the NFC East diminish considerably. Keep in mind that a loss to the Eagles does not kill Washington’s chances at winning the division or making the playoffs, provided the Giants and Cowboys also lose in week 16. But it is always better for a football team to have its destiny in its own hands as opposed to relying on the results of other games to win the division or make the playoffs.

The sports betting experts feel comfortable saying that the Philadelphia Eagles are just going to go through the motions for the last two games of this season. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles is the only player with something to prove, but Foles is pretty sure that Andy Reid will not be the Philadelphia head coach next season. So who is Foles trying to impress? The futures of Andy Reid and quarterback Michael Vick are pretty much sealed in Philadelphia. Now it is just a matter of not getting embarrassed at home.

Why the Redskins Will Win

The Philadelphia defense is playing poorly enough that Washington head coach Mike Shanahan probably feels comfortable starting either rookie quarterback that he has for this game. The online betting experts would expect to see Robert Griffin III under center if he is healthy enough, but Shanahan has been dropping less than subtle hints about resting RGIII one more week and starting Kirk Cousins again. There is a lot riding on this game, but the Redskins can still make the playoffs if it loses this game. It may be worth it to rest RGIII and see if Cousins can win two in a row.

Why the Eagles Will Win

It is unknown whether the Eagles will have running back Lesean McCoy for this game. That could change the complexion of the game, but it may also not matter very much. The Eagles is an organization that is adrift right now and coasting to the end of the season. The players have no idea if they will be back next season and no one knows who the head coach will be after the season is over. There has been too much disappointment in Philadelphia the last couple of years to keep Andy Reid around. That disappointment will probably be extended by two more weeks.

The Bottom Line

The Washington Redskins want to win this game, and Mike Shanahan will make the decisions that he feels best protects RGIII but still gives the Redskins a chance to win. Kirk Cousins is a more than capable backup, so the Redskins are covered either way. The only variable is whether or not the Eagles will put up any kind of fight in this game at all.

Pick: Washington Redskins


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