Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
Date and Time: Sunday, October 16, 2016, 1 p.m. ET
Location: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Week 5 NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Redskins -1.5, O/U 46.5
The Eagles went three games and three quarters without turning the ball over, and it was two turnovers in their 16th quarter of the season that finally handed them their first loss. By all accounts, Philly wasn't the better team last Sunday in Detroit, falling behind 21-7 before rallying for a 23-21 lead late in the game. However, with that two-point lead, the Eagles effectively needed two yards to end the game. Instead, Ryan Mathews fumbled, Darius Slay recovered, and the Lions went on to kick the go-ahead field goal that became the game-winner when Carson Wentz threw his first career INT to none other than Slay.
Still, at 3-1, Philadelphia has to be proud of its first quarter of the season. The Eagles were left for dead at the outset of the year, and not only have they hung in there as competitive, but they've proven to bully some teams around as well defensively. Even against Detroit, they only allowed 244 total yards, and if that's the way this unit is going to play week in and week out, Philadelphia is going to win a heck of a lot of ball games, especially in offense-happy NFC East.
The Redskins looked to be in a lot of trouble after starting at 0-2, but a three-game winning streak has put them back in a good position in the NFC East.
Washington's fortunes turned around just a bit when the team started coming up with some crucial stops. Sure, the blustery weather in Baltimore helped matters out last week, but the Redskins really did a nice job when they had to against the Ravens, especially on a final drive that seemed destined for the end zone before the defensive front made some great plays and put the heat on Joe Flacco.
This spread was always sort of close at -1.5 on the odds at BookMaker.eu in favor of the Redskins, but it's the early line movement that begs to be talked about. It's only Monday morning as of the writing of this article, but the spread has already moved to Philadelphia -2.
But wait. Didn't the Eagles lose last week in Detroit while the Redskins won in Baltimore? These results don't seem to make a heck of a lot of sense when you look at the spread or the line movement in this game.
The only possible conclusion is that the world is realizing that Wentz is a better quarterback than Kirk Cousins, and the Eagles have a better team surrounding their quarterback than the Redskins have around theirs. It's a fascinating change for sure after just five games, as the preseason expectations for these teams are far from playing out.
Eagles vs. Redskins Free Picks
Vegas is rarely wrong, and if you're buying into this Washington winning streak here, you're probably going to be in a lot of trouble.
The Eagles are legit, and their defense is going to win this game for them. Washington hasn't been able to protect Cousins, and last week on 3rd and short situations, the offensive line was a wreck and Matt Jones was rendered completely worthless. Philadelphia's defensive line, anchored by Fletcher Cox in the middle, is one of the more dominant forces in the NFL, and when these guys get going in the right direction, opposing ground games are basically neutralized.
Toss in the fact that Wentz has already matured far beyond his years and legitimately looks like an NFL quarterback, and we've got the makings of an "upset" on the opening odds at BookMaker.eu of Philadelphia +1.5
Eagles vs. Redskins Week 5 ATS Pick: Eagles +1.5 at BookMaker.eu
Eagles vs. Redskins Score Prediction: Eagles 20, Redskins 13