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The Washington Redskins will look to avoid a second straight NFL betting defeat at home against a divisional rival when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles on MNF.
Matchup: Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
Date: Monday, November 15th, 8:30 ET
Location: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Game Line: Washington +3
Eagles Notes: It doesn't get much bigger than this for the Eagles. Philadelphia knows that it needs to put Washington out of its misery in the NFC East race to take a two game lead and potentially end up getting back into a tie for first place in the division should the New York Giants end up losing on Sunday. On the field itself, QB Michael Vick is going to try to exact some revenge against the team that knocked him out of the lineup for two weeks after suffering a jarring hit. Vick really didn't get a heck of a lot going for the Eagles in the first quarter of that game against Washington a month ago, but if he really thinks that he is an MVP candidate this year, he'll have to perform well on Monday to stay in the race. Vick hasn't been picked off yet this season and has thrown seven TDs and rumbled for two more. Between his rushing and passing, the former Atlanta Falcon has combined for 1,277 yards in a little more than four games played on the campaign. RB LeSean McCoy is playing like an MVP as well. He'll probably end up being a 1,000 yard rusher this year, having already made it to 572 yards in the first part of this season, and he also leads the team in receptions with 41. However, on the outside, the show belongs to WR Jeremy Maclin and WR DeSean Jackson. Maclin has 34 catches for 506 yards and six scores, while Jackson has 26 receptions for 504 yards and four TDs. Defensively, there is certainly no shortage of sacks and turnovers forced for the men in green and white. DE Trent Cole leads the sack brigade with seven on the season, while the top turnover machine is DB Asante Samuel. The former UCF Knight has picked off five balls this year, including intercepting QB Peyton Manning twice in last week's 26-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Redskins Notes: The day of reckoning is here for the Redskins. After a 4-4 start to the season, this is the game that really could swing things one way or the other. A win gives the 'Skins the tiebreaker over the Eagles for the rest of the season and draws them level for second place in the NFC East. A loss drops them below .500 and probably two games out of the postseason picture with just seven games to play. To make matters worse, QB Donovan McNabb has still yet to toss more than one TD pass in a game this season, and the last we saw of him was on the sidelines while QB Rex Grossman was running a poor two minute drill against the Detroit Lions. McNabb really hasn't said all that much about this situation, but you can bet that HC Mike Shanahan knows that he needs to remedy this situation with wins in a hurry, or he will be one of the few coaches in the NFL in recent years to be fired just one season after being hired. On the field itself, there are a number of players that are up in the air right now. RB Clinton Portis has been out of the lineup for the last five games with a groin injury, but he could be back on Monday, while S LaRon Landry (Achilles) and TE Chris Cooley (back) are both question marks in the lineup as well. If Portis can go, it will be interesting to see how he splits carries with RB Ryan Torain, who had two straight 100+ yard rushing games before getting hurt two weeks ago against the Lions. Cooley is important due to the fact that he is really the only viable short option receiver that the Redskins have. WR Santana Moss is having a great year with 48 catches for 604 yards and two scores, but he is better served running up the seams of the defense.
The Final Word: Washington has really played nothing but close games this year at home, winning twice and losing by a field goal twice. However, that's probably all stopping today. The Eagles just have a better team and clearly aren't in the same type of disarray right now that Washington is. HC Andy Reid knows that this is a huge game for his squad and cannot take his foot off of the gas pedal. Don't be shocked to see Philly come out and step on Washington's throat the same way that the Skins did to it a few weeks back early on and just never really get off. The Eagles will win this one by two scores and send the Redskins into panic mode.
Free Pro Football Picks: Philadelphia -3
Prediction: Philadelphia 27 – Washington 16