Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16:  Jabar Gaffney #10 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by Kurt Coleman #42 and Jason Babin #93 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second hallf during a game at FedExField on October 16, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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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

Watch: FOX


Spread: Redskins +8.5

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.


Over/Under: 46

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

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


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