The Washington Football Team will finish the 2020 NFL regular season with a losing record for the fourth consecutive year. But thanks to similar struggles by its division rivals this campaign, it has an opportunity to complete the schedule with its first NFC East title since 2015. Washington can capture the crown with a victory when it visits the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff from Lincoln Financial Field is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.
Washington (6-9) is looking to become the third team in NFL history to win its division in a full season with a losing record, which it clinched with last Sunday’s 20-13 home loss to Carolina. Philadelphia (4-10-1) fell out of the running for that distinction in Week 16 as it officially was eliminated from contention with its 37-17 loss at Dallas. Washington is a 6.5-point favorite in the latest Eagles vs. Washington Football Team odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under is 43. Before locking in any Washington Football Team vs. Eagles picks, see the latest Sunday Night Football predictions from SportsLine’s proven projection model.
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- Washington Football Team vs. Eagles spread: Washington -6.5
- Washington Football Team vs. Eagles over-under: 43 points
- Washington Football Team vs. Eagles money line: Washington -290, Philadelphia +245
- WASH: Washington is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games
- PHI: Have a minus-5.2 point differential
Why the Washington Football Team can cover
Washington will have Alex Smith under center as it looks to join the 2010 Seattle Seahawks (7-9) and 2015 Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) as the only sub-.500 teams to claim a division crown during a full season. The 36-year-old quarterback missed the last two games with a calf injury but helped lead the team to four of its six victories before getting hurt. Smith is more than capable of guiding Washington to the playoffs as he has reached the postseason five times in his career, most recently in 2017 with Kansas City.
A strong effort from the ground attack would benefit Smith’s return. Antonio Gibson is the feature back, as he leads the team with 720 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 22-year-old rookie from the University of Memphis has run for seven TDs in six road games this year and is tied for fifth in the league in total rushing scores.
Why the Eagles can cover
Jalen Hurts has shown promise since taking over the starting quarterback role from Carson Wentz in Week 14. Selected in the second round the 2020 NFL Draft, Hurts led Philadelphia to an upset victory over New Orleans in his first career start, running for 106 yards while recording 167 and a touchdown through the air. The 22-year-old has thrown for over 335 yards in his last two outings while producing a total of five TDs, including one on the ground.
Third-year tight end Dallas Goedert leads Philadelphia with 524 receiving yards and posted the only 100-yard performance of his career against Washington in Week 1 (eight catches, 101 yards, TD).
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