Redskins, Eagles in Monday Night Football betting rematch
By: Willie Bee
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Donovan McNabb and the Redskins host the Eagles on Monday night.
Most Hollywood sequels never live up to the original productions. The reverse might be the case in Monday night's Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins matchup, a sequel that could become the show everyone expected the time around.
Philadelphia hosted Washington on Oct. 3 as a 5 ½-point favorite in a hyped clash that featured Donovan McNabb's first game in Philly since his offseason trade to the Redskins. McNabb was triumphant in his return, 17-12, but the game really lost a lot of its sheen when Eagles QB Michael Vick left the game early with rib and chest injuries.
Vick is healthy now, and it's McNabb who is hurting with hamstring trouble plus a bit of a bruised ego after being benched in Washington's most recent game. That puts the spotlight back on the two quarterbacks once again which always makes for good NFL theater. The game is also critical to the NFC East race where Philadelphia (5-3) enters the weekend trailing the 6-2 New York Giants by a game with the 4-4 Redskins just a game behind the Eagles.
Monday's line has been very static, opening and remaining at minus three on the Eagles. The total has inched up a point at most shops from the start, with 5Dimes running at 42 ½ as of Saturday and pricing both sides of the 'over/under' at minus 110.
Assuming the line closes where it's at, it will be the fifth consecutive week the 'Skins have been three-point underdogs on the NFL betting card.
Washington has had two weeks to recover from its 37-25 loss on Halloween in Detroit. The Redskins twice had five-point leads in the fourth quarter only to see Matthew Stafford rally the Lions with a pair of short TD passes to Calvin Johnson. A Ndamukong Suh fumble return with a minute and a half left sealed the win for Detroit.
Suh's fumble return occurred on the first snap Rex Grossman took in place of McNabb. Washington head coach Mike Shanahan made the call to go with Grossman over McNabb late in the game with the Redskins trailing by six.
The Eagles are coming off a 26-24 win at home over the Colts, just missing the cover for their backers as three-point favorites. Philadelphia built an early 13-0 lead and relied on four David Akers field goals to keep Indianapolis at bay. Vick completed 17 of his 29 tosses for 218 yards, anMonday Night Footbald combined with halfback LeSean McCoy for 169 yards on the ground to help keep Peyton Manning and the Colts offense off the field more.
The Redskins will be looking for their first regular season sweep of the Eagles since 2005. Washington's victory in Philadelphia six weeks ago left the two division rivals even in their last 10 meetings, five wins apiece. The Redskins have won four of the last five versus the number, however, and six of the last eight.
Eagles-Redskins games have gone 'under' the total 10 of the last 14 matchups, and seven of the last nine played in DC.
The Redskins next travel to Tennessee to meet the Titans next Sunday (Nov. 21) while the Eagles will be at home for a big Sunday night game against the New York Giants.
Current weather forecasts call for a partly cloudy day in the DC area on Monday with a 20 percent chance of rain. Expect the thermometer to be in the mid-to-upper 50s for the kickoff.