Last Updated on January 2, 2021
- The Philadelphia Eagles are +1.5 against the Washington Football Team on Sunday Night Football. The total is set to 42.5 points.
- Washington can clinch a playoff berth with a win. The Eagles are eliminated from playoff contention.
- The Eagles are 5-10 against the spread this year.
- Washington is fifth in scoring defense in the NFL.
The Washington Football Team (6-9) has a chance to clinch the NFC East with a win this Sunday. As a result, the NFL chose to flex their game against the Philadelphia Eagles (4-10-1) into the Sunday Night Football spot. Most football fans are probably ready to stop watching NFC East games in primetime this year, but here we are.
Even if the final regular-season primetime game features two sub-.500 teams, bettors have one last opportunity to win some money. The Action Rush Sunday Night Football betting guide provides odds, props, and analysis for the Eagles-Washington Sunday night Week 17 matchup.
Eagles – Washington Week 17 SNF Odds
The Eagles are +1.5 on the spread, but there is some slight variation among sportsbooks. Washington backers can grab them at -1 depending on where they look. Philadelphia is +105 on the moneyline. The total is set to 42.5 points.
Philadelphia is atrocious against the spread this year. They are 5-10 in that regard while Washington is 8-6-1. Both teams tend to favor the under. The Eagles are 7-8 on over/unders and Washington is 5-9-1.
Public Betting Trends Lean Towards WFT
Washington Football Team (-1.5) @ Philadelphia Eagles / Total Points 43.5
Game Preview and Betting Angles
Thankfully, the world will get a break from games between two NFC East opponents after Sunday Night Football. This was one of the worst divisions in NFL history and it’s a shame that one of these teams will get the chance to host a playoff game. No one in the NFC East is a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
Regardless, Washington controls its own destiny. They are in with a win. If the Eagles pull off the minor upset, the winner of Cowboys-Giants will win the division. If that game is a tie, Washington will win. Now that we have the scenarios out of the way, let’s take a deeper dive into this Eagles-Washington matchup.
The Eagles got a shot of life with the change at quarterback, but the effects wore off last week against the Cowboys. Jalen Hurts took over for Carson Wentz in Week 14 and led Philly to an upset win over the New Orleans Saints. Although Hurts has played well the last two weeks, putting up over 680 passing yards and four touchdowns, the Eagles dropped both games.
Hurts has helped stabilize the offense to a certain degree, but much like Wentz, he’s struggling with turnovers. He has two interceptions and six fumbles (two lost) in his three starts. Giveaways and pass blocking have plagued the Eagles all year long. They rank 30th in the NFL in turnovers and they will have to contend with a defensive line that features Montez Sweat (8.0 sacks) and Chase Young (6.5).
One way the Eagles can mitigate the pass rush is through the zone-read with Hurts and Miles Sanders. It’s no secret that Hurts can use his legs. He and Sanders both ran for over 100 yards in their win over the Saints. That’s the secret sauce for Philly.
The big question for Washington is at quarterback this week. Former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins was benched in Week 16 and released on Monday. Head coach Ron Rivera turned to Taylor Heinicke after relieving Haskins of his duties and he might have to do so in Week 17. Likely Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith is dealing with a right leg injury.
If Smith is healthy, he’s the obvious choice to start. After losing his first start in Week 10, Smith rattled off four consecutive wins to give Washington control of its own destiny. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to stay on the field.
Much like the Eagles, Washington struggles to take care of the football. They are 29th in the NFL in giveaways with 25. However, it’s no surprise that the wily veteran Smith does a good job at taking care of the football.
Washington is fifth in the NFL in scoring defense. Take care of the ball, control possession, and let the defense dominate. That’s the formula for Washington this weekend.
How To Watch Eagles – Washington Sunday Night
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 3
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
- Location: Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
- TV: NBC
Prediction: Washington Clinches, Under Hits
If you haven’t picked up on this yet, I’m not a huge fan of the NFC East. Betting on any of these teams is generally a bad idea, so we aren’t going to bet on either team. The best bet this weekend is the under. Even if Smith plays for Washington, he tends to focus on keeping possession over taking deep shots. Washington’s defense is too good to give up too many big plays to Hurts. Take the under on the points.