NFL Week 16: Redskins vs. Eagles


Dec 2012

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Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 1 p.m. ET

After suffering a nasty knee injury in the overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens a few weeks ago, rookie sensation Robert Griffin III has been able to bounce back only two weeks after suffering the injury in order to be good to go for the showdown with the division rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Redskins have been red-hot in the second half of the NFL regular season riding Griffin’s unbelievable performances along the way. Even though it appeared that head coach Mike Shanahan had written his team off after midpoint of the season, Washington has been resilient to say the least by defying the odds with a rookie quarterback under center. Coming into Week 16 against the Eagles, Washington has won five straight and as a result is currently in a three-way tie with the Dallas Cowboys and defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants atop the NFC East division. As usual, the NFC East division crown will come down to the final weeks of the season with it being one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL. The Giants were thought to run away with the division title earlier in the season with both the Redskins and Cowboys struggling to get back on track. Unfortunately for the defending champs, Dallas and Washington have come into their own over the last month of the season and pulled within striking distance of the division title. The same can’t be said for New York with the Giants struggling on a weekly basis and coming off the worst loss of the season in a 34-0 shutout against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15. With Griffin back under center and the Giants struggling the way they have over the last few weeks, the Redskins are in prime position to make a run at the division title. The NFC East crown will likely come down to the final game of the season for Washington with the Redskins hosting the Cowboys, but in the meantime Shanahan and company will focus on containing rookie quarterback Nick Foles and a desperate Eagles team that has failed to live up to expectations once again. Coming into this matchup, the Redskins are favored to get their sixth straight win with a -6 point spread. Although the spread is fairly high with no one knowing how well Griffin will play coming off of a knee injury, Washington is the safe bet here.

Prediction: Redskins -6

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