Washington vs. Eagles NFL Week 15 Best Bets and Odds Analysis

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Taylor Heinicke #4 greets Kyle Allen #8 of the Washington Football Team. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP.

Editor’s Note: The NFL announced on Friday afternoon that the Washington Football Team and the Philadelphia Eagles game has been moved to Tuesday 21th, at 07:00 PM EST due to a “substantial increase in (COVID) cases across the league.”

Washington Football Team will look to bounce back after a disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but they won’t have an easy time of it in their second straight NFC East contest in as many weeks. The Philadelphia Eagles are buoyed by a recent surge in form and eager to build on their recent victory. Not to mention, the pair is tied on a 6-7 record and competing for a wildcard spot in the playoffs.

According to multiple top-rated sportsbooks, the Eagles have a significant edge over the Football Team on the NFL odds board. Books opened with the Eagles as the 2.5-point home chalk, but the line almost doubled as betting came down the wire.

Now, on the midweek mark, the Eagles are trading anywhere between 4.5 to 5-points. That’s quite the massive move on the board and it raises many questions for NFL picks.

In this space, we preview this matchup and serve some choice NFL picks for your consideration.

Washington Football Team vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 – 07:00 PM EST at Lincoln Financial Field

Washington’s Four-Game Winning Streak Ends

The Red and Gold have a bit of the Goldilocks about them this season, blowing hot and cold since their campaign got underway. Last week, things decidedly cooled off as Washington succumbed to a 27-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the nation’s capital. The loss ended a run of four straight wins and saw Washington slip to a 6-7 record.

Washington closed as the 6.5-point home underdogs and only narrowly missed the cover for NFL picks against the spread, but the score belied the Football Team’s performance.

It was an ugly game, to put it simply. Fumbles, turnovers, and sloppy play across the board cost Washington the victory. Had the Cowboys capitalized on those opportunities, the score would have been much worse when all was said and done. That said, it was precisely that failure by Dallas that also allowed Washington to rally and make a game of it in the end.

Taylor Heinicke and the offense got off to a slow start. Heinicke made ill-advised throws and was under constant pressure, which disrupted the offense’s rhythm at the start of the game. However, his day ended early as he suffered a knee injury and was forced to give way to backup Kyle Allen. Heinicke went 11 of 25 for 122 yards and one touchdown with one interception.

Washington’s defense kept it in the game. They held the explosive Dallas offense to 350 total yards and just 27 points. They forced a couple of interceptions on Dak Prescott, including a pick-six that breathed life into the game for the hosts and brought them to within seven points at the tail end of the fourth quarter. However, Washington’s surge was short-lived as the Cowboys held on to victory after bleeding the clock dry in the final minutes.

Eagles Coming Off Bye

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a late-season bye. Before taking the week off, the Eagles beat the New York Jets 33-18 at MetLife Stadium. It marked their third win in four games as they improved to a 6-7 record on the season.

Jalen Hurts was sidelined with an injury in Week 13. Thus, opening the door for Gardner Minshew to make his first start for the Eagles. The backup quarterback, who has made no secret about his intentions to be a starter in the league, capitalized on the opportunity he was given.

Granted the Jets are an inferior opponent, but he nevertheless put in a solid performance. He went 20 of 25 for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. Minshew also rushed for 11 yards on four carries. Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell combined for 174 rushing yards and a touchdown while Dallas Goedert led the team with 105 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Jalen Hurts is expected to start against Washington, but should he falter, coach Nick Sirianni now knows he has an able backup in Minshew. That’s a nice advantage to have and it likely underscores Philadelphia’s advantageous NFL odds for this game.

NFL Predictions and Picks

The NFL odds for this game are a bit of a headscratcher considering very little separates the Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles ahead of this Week 15 clash.

They’re both tied on a 6-7 record, which puts them in the exact same weight class. They’re mired in a crowded race for NFC wildcard spots, so the motivation and objective in this game are going to be exactly the same going into this contest. And form has been up and down from week to week where they’re concerned.

It’s worth pointing out that Washington holds the tiebreaker over Philadelphia, so a win would give Ron Rivera’s side a boost in the division standings. That’s a little bit of an edge for Washington in this game.

Taylor Heinicke’s status is up in the air, but Kyle Allen is an able backup. He was thrown into the mix last week with little preparation. Should he get more time with the first team this week, he may well do enough to give Washington a chance to pull off the upset.

The Eagles aren’t exactly world-beaters. Not unlike Washington, the Eagles have been a hit and a miss. Moreover, teams coming off a bye have faltered before, so it wouldn’t be shocking if Philadelphia was slow out of the gates too.

All told, this game is a total toss-up for NFL picks. Therefore, as the NFL line currently stands, Washington strikes a more attractive pose to cover if not win outright. Grab the points with the Football Team.

NFL Pick: Washington Football Team +5 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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