Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins Matchup Preview 12/15/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The (6-7) Eagles now find themselves tied with the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East. They hold their own destiny into the playoffs as they have a game next week against the Cowboys. If they win out, they are in the playoffs with the biggest game coming against the Cowboys that will likely be the deciding factor. But first, before all that comes into consideration, they have to get passed the Redskins this week. The (3-10) Redskins have been one of the push-over teams that hasn’t given much of a problem to opposing teams. The Eagles beat them 32-27 way back in Week 1 but both teams have experienced change since then. The Eagles are missing a bulk of their receivers to injury and the Redskins are with a new quarterback. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins matchup page.
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Time: 1:00pm ET
Location: FedExField – Landover, MD
Philadelphia Eagles: DE Derek Barnett (Q), RB Jordan Howard (Q), LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Q), WR Alshon Jeffery (Q), WR Nelson Agholor (Q), CB Jalen Mills (Q), OT Lane Johnson (Q)
Washington Redskins: CB Quinton Dunbar (Q), LB Ryan Anderson (Q), LB Ryan Kerrigan (O), WR Trey Quinn (Q), WR Paul Richardson Jr. (Q)
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The Eagles are coming off a big win last week to keep them in control of their own playoff destiny. They squeezed past the Giants in a come-from-behind overtime win. Zach Ertz played a major role in the win with 9 receptions for 91 yards with two touchdowns including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Boston Scott also came up big with Jordan Howard out. He rushed for 59 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown while also getting 69 yards on 6 receptions.
The Redskins have a poor run defense as they have let up the sixth-most yards per game this season. Jordan Howard’s return from injury is questionable, but even if he can’t make it back to the field, Boston Scott has looked like he is ready to take over. His explosive game last week is something to build off of. Defensively, they just need to look down on the run. Dwayne Haskins is no threat. Derrius Guice ran over the century mark on the Panthers and Adrian Peterson nearly made it there also with 99 yards. Keeping them contained will effectively shut down their offense.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
Washington Redskins Analysis
The Redskins killed the Panthers on the ground two weeks back with 248 total rushing yards. Derrius Guice looked electric with 129 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns. Adrian Peterson also almost met the 100-yard mark with 99 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown. This type of game is almost the only way that the Redskins can win. Dwayne Haskins is still developing into the NFL and hasn’t looked very good. They need to rely on the rushing ability of Guice and Peterson if they want a chance this week.
The Eagles will be a tough matchup for that as they have third-best run defense in terms of rushing yards allowed per game. They only allow 89.6 rushing yards per game. That number is about a third of what the Redskins were able to get last game. The Eagles are worse through the air as they have let up 24 passing touchdowns this year. Dwayne Haskins has not thrown many so far this year, but this could serve as a game where he should be taking a lot of shots deep and hoping some will hit.
Washington Redskins Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Boston Scott
Still, nothing has been said about Jordan Howard’s return. In the case that he sits out, Miles Sanders and Boston Scott would share the majority of carries. Based on what Scott did last night compared to Sanders, I would expect Scott to get a bigger share of the touches. He totaled over 100 yards last game and averaged 5.9 yards per rush compared to Sander’s 3. With the momentum that he is carrying into this game and the capability of the Redskins stopping the run, I would expect a big game for Scott.