Philadelphia, PA - It all comes down to this. The Philadelphia Eagles survived a fierce battle against the Houston Texans last week to keep pace with the Minnesota Vikings for the 6th seed in the NFC. The Eagles pulled it off thanks to the heroics of Nick Foles and a significantly more dynamic offense.
Week 17: Philadelphia Eagles Vs Washington Redskins
Philadelphia looked like they had pulled away midway through the fourth quarter when they were up 29-16, but allowed the Texans to rally back and eventually take the lead late. Nick Foles, despite taking a crushing shot from Jadaveon Clowney that sidelined him for a play, led the Eagles down the field, allowing them to win the game on a Jake Elliot field goal.
The work isn’t finished there for the Eagles though, as they have first to take care of the injury-plagued Washington Redskins. Washington nearly knocked off the Titans on the road but came up just short. The loss ended their hopes to make the playoffs, but the Redskins still have a lot to play for. Their starting quarterback, Josh Johnson, is looking to play for a gig down the road, as a starter or a backup. Similarly, running back Adrian Peterson is playing for his future in D.C. On top of that, the Redskins would love nothing more than to dispatch of their division rivals and down their playoff hopes. I think the Redskins won’t roll over easily, and I wouldn’t be shocked if Philly falls.
Even if the Eagles do win, they will need a little help. The Minnesota Vikings will have to fall to the Chicago Bears on the road. Fortunately for Philadelphia, the Bears are playing for a potential first-round bye, meaning they will play their starters and give it their all against the Vikings. For Minnesota, they’ve looked outstanding in their last two games, both lopsided victories. I expect both that game and the Eagles game to be very close, but ultimately, Philadelphia will clinch a playoff berth. Look for Philadelphia to go long a lot against the Redskins and keep the defense on their heels. For Philly’s defense, I expect them to send heavy pressure and try and stuff Adrian Peterson and Josh Johnson.
Final Score: Eagles, 21. Redskins, 17.
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