NFL Week 11 odds: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Third-round rookie Nick Foles will make his first career start on Sunday against the Washington Redskins with Michael Vick out with a concussion. Foles was 22 of 32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception in relief of Vick in last week’s loss to Dallas. Those numbers weren’t enough to help the Eagles avoid their fifth straight loss, a first in coach Andy Reid’s 14 seasons.
A loss at Washington would have the Eagles in a once unthinkable position — dead last in the NFC East. Coming off the bye, Washington has had two weeks to prepare. Foles, the former Arizona star, shattered all of Drew Brees’ passing records at Austin’s Westlake High School. Don’t be surprised if Reid changes his pass-heavy way and protect the rookie gunslinger by running the ball at least 20 times with LeSean McCoy. Washington’s defense remains one of the worst in the NFL, surrendering an average of 397.9 yards — 301.7 through the air.
The Eagles have been marginal rushing the passer this season but, with three against the Cowboys in Week 10, showed why they led the league in sacks in 2011. Philadelphia has been inconsistent defending the run, while the Redskins are second in the league rushing the football (164.6 yards per game). Look for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to build his game plan around a power ground assault to set the tempo of the contest.
Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III has completed 53.4 percent of his passes for 392 yards with one TD over the last two games, while gaining 61 yards on 17 carries. Griffin had averaged 66.9 rushing yards with six TDs in his first seven games.
The Eagles swept Washington last year and have won five of the past six meetings. Philadelphia and Washington have a rivalry that dates back to 1934, with the Redskins holding the all-time advantage at 79-70-5.
WAGERWEB.COM ODDS: Redskins -3.5 (43.5)
EAGLES NOTES: RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 126 yards & TD in last meeting. In past 3 vs. Was., has 407 scrimmage yards (135.7 per game; 233 rush, 174 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) … WR-PR DeSean Jackson has 6 career 70 yard TDs (4 rec., 2 PR), 2nd most in team history (Timmy Brown, 9). Incl. playoffs, Jackson has 32 TDs (25 rec., 4 PR, 3 rush) & avg. 45.5 yards per TD (1,457 yards). In career vs. Was., has 6 TDs (4 rec., 1 PR, 1 rush) & avg. 62.8 yards per TD (377 yards). WR Jeremy Maclin aims for 4th in row vs. Was. with 100 yards or TD. TE Brent Celek aims for 3rd meeting in row with TD … DE Trent Cole has 5 sacks in past 6 meetings. Since 2007, has 56.5 sacks, 4th most in NFL. Rookie DT Fletcher Cox had 2nd career sack last week.
REDSKINS NOTES: QB Robert Griffin III leads NFL rookies with 65.6 comp. pct. & 93.9 rating. Among QBs with 200 att., his 3 INTs are tied for fewest in NFL with Tom Brady. Is 1st among QBs with 529 rush yards & 6 TDs. Griffin in 1st QB in NFL history with 1,900 pass (1,993) & 500 rush (529) yards in 1st 9 games … RB Alfred Morris is 2nd among rookies with 793 rush yards. Griffin & Morris are 1st rookie QB-RB duo to each rush for 500 yards. Morris has 75 rush yards in 7 of 1st 9 NFL games, incl. 100 yards in 3 of past 6 … WR Santana Moss aims for 7th division game in row with 20 yard catch. Has 4 TDs in past 5. WR Joshua Morgan has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. Phi. TE Logan Paulsen aims for 4th in row with 4 catches. Has 13 catches in past 3; entered 2012 with 13 career catches … CB DeAngelo Hall has 3 INTs in career vs. Phi. Since 2011, LB Ryan Kerrigan is only NFL player with 10 sacks (12) & 2 INT-TDs (2).
WAGERWEB.COM TRENDS: Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. Eagles are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC. Redskins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. Redskins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a bye week. Eagles are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Washington. Road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.