The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to salvage a .500 record by coming away with a win in the final game of their disappointing 2011 campaign.
They'll have to get through the Washington Redskins, who may be wildly inconsistent but have shown flashes of brilliance that make them a dangerous force.
There is no question that the Eagles are the more talented team, but will they hang on for the victory or will Week 17 be another harsh reminder that stars don't always equate to a victory?
Where: Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)
When: Sunday, January 1st at 1 p.m. EST
Spread: Redskins +8.5
Who will cover?
The Redskins were dropped by a Minnesota Vikings team that saw both Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder fall to injuries. They lost by seven at home, which is coincidentally the same amount of points they lost to the Eagles by the first time they played them this season.
As long as the Eagles can stay motivated, they are going to orchestrate another brilliant blowout and leave the world wondering how this team managed to miss the playoffs. Take the Eagles.
Philadelphia has the offensive firepower to almost hit this over by themselves, but they've scored 30 points or less in six of their last seven outings.
They are going to have to carry the load to hit the over, and given their underwhelming performances of late, it's best to take the under.
Key Washington Redskins Injuries Via NFL.com
|DeJon Gomes||S||Knee||Full Participation in Practice|
|Niles Paul||WR||Shoulder||Full Participation in Practice|
|Saverio Rocca||P||left Ankle||Full Participation in Practice|
|Jammal Brown||T||Hip||Limited Participation in Practice|
|Adam Carriker||DE||Chest||Limited Participation in Practice|
|London Fletcher||LB||Ankle||Limited Participation in Practice|
|Roy Helu||RB||Toe||Limited Participation in Practice|
|Donte' Stallworth||WR||Ankle||Limited Participation in Practice|
Key Philadelphia Eagles Injuries Via NFL.com
|LeSean McCoy||RB||Ankle||Did Not Participate In Practice|
|Asante Samuel||CB||Hamstring||Did Not Participate In Practice|
|Todd Herremans||T||Ankle||Full Participation in Practice|
|Trevor Laws||DT||Knee||Full Participation in Practice|
|Brian Rolle||LB||Ankle||Full Participation in Practice|
|Darryl Tapp||DE||Ribs||Full Participation in Practice|
Fantasy Big Plays
Start: Though you'll have to watch LeSean McCoy's injury closely, he's been one of the very few bright points for the Eagles and is a must-start this week, as long as he is playing.
With 20 total touchdowns and over 1,300 yards on the ground alone, don't let Shady McCoy's injury scare you into benching this superstar.
Sit: Rex Grossman had four picks and no touchdowns last time he squared off against the Eagles. Grossman is going to prove once again why the Redskins need to go quarterback hunting this offseason.
Keys to Redskins Win
The Redskins need to find a way to break the Eagles' spirit. Philadelphia has proven that they are capable of melting down. The Eagles have nothing to play for right now, and the Redskins could easily capitalize on their indifference.
Protect the football. If Rex Grossman can refrain from doing everything in his power to let the Eagles back into the game, the Redskins have a shot.
Keys to Eagles Win
Who will win this game?
Be aggressive offensively. The Eagles have more home-run hitters at their disposal than any team in the league.
The Redskins don't have the means to compete in an offensive shootout, and the Eagles will run away with this game if they get up early.
Attack Rex Grossman. We all know how awful "bad Rex" can be. It's up to the Eagles to ensure that we see him at his worst. As long as sack master Jason Babin performs at his best off the edge, the Eagles' star-laden secondary will take care of the rest.
Eagles 24, Redskins 13