American football. NFL. Regular season. Week 17
Washington Football Team vs Philadelphia Eagles
Stadium: FedEx Field (Landover)
Washington returns home after a devastating loss in Dallas. Philadelphia strengthened its hold on the wild-card playoffs last week. That said, the protagonist of the upcoming encounter could again be the virus that has interfered with this matchup before.Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Washington bear the brunt of the COVID outbreak
Even before the devastating loss in Dallas, which reduced Washington's playoff chances to a minimal margin of error, the team from the capital had the worst problems in the league with the COVID protocol. It was the game against Philadelphia that this nightmare began with.
The teams had already met each other two weeks earlier and Philadelphia was victorious then. But it's worth noting that the capital team's starting quarterback was Garrett Gilbert, nominally the team's No. 3 quarterback. The primary quarterback and his replacement (Heinicke and Allen) both had positive tests. On top of that, 26 other players were out for the same reason.
In such a situation Washington wasn't able to play with dignity against Philadelphia and prepare at least minimally for the game in Texas. That's the result. But now the core is back to train together. That should have a positive effect on the team. In the past two weeks, though, passions on the team have been running high. The head coach (Ron Rivera) said he was embarrassed by the team's performance in Dallas. And defensive leaders and once-best friends, Allen and Payne, fought right on the team's sideline during the game.
Philadelphia split their quarterbacks
Philadelphia almost had the COVID protocol burden placed on their shoulders. Several of the team's players found themselves in a bind, and some were suspected to have contracted the virus. As a result, team management decided to separate the team's three quarterbacks.
Naturally, the quarterback is the most important player in modern American soccer. In today's passing NFL, the importance of the quarterback simply cannot be overstated. That's why team management has put together a separate practice plan at different times for Hurts, Minshew and even Sinnett.
It shows how important the upcoming game is for Philadelphia. And how seriously they have taken the danger of their leaders getting sick.
A win in this game would almost guarantee the Eagles a playoff appearance!
The teams’ form
Washington are on a three-match losing streak. They lost twice to Dallas (20-27, 14-56) and once to Philadelphia (17-27).
Philadelphia has a reverse situation - they are on a three-game winning streak. Both New York teams and Washington have been beaten by them.
Expert Betting Tips
After losing to Dallas, Washington's chances of making the playoffs are statistically only six percent. But there is no way out! They have to fight. Especially after the game against Dallas, they owe their fans.
Philadelphia, of course, is the favorite. A win in this match would almost guarantee them a place in the playoffs. Still, the team is certainly going to have a tough time before achieving the goal.
The most important thing is for the coronavirus not to interfere!
- H2 (-3.5) for 1.74;
- ITU2 (25.5) for 1.83;
- 1st Quarter TO (11) for 1.95.