We made it to the part of the NFL season where the Saturday games are scheduled. College football is in a lull after all the bowl games were decided last week; those games will actually begin this weekend with the Bahamas Bowl and the roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl, but the "real" bowl games will start to kickoff around Christmas. There are 44 bowl games, and all have the lines and spreads ready to go. While we wait for those games to get under way, the NFL has some important games on the schedule, with playoff implications on the line. The Jets and Dolphins game won't matter too much, although Miami has won 5 in a row, and are not technically eliminated just yet like New York is. The Eagles-Washington game will have huge playoff implications. Both teams are 6-7, with Washington at the 7th seed and Philly in the 9th spot. Washington holds the tire-breaker based on a better win percentage in division games, but an Eagles win puts them a game ahead with 3 games remaining in the regular season- remember they play 17 games now up from the previous years 16. These two teams will face each other again just 2 weeks down the line on January 2nd, with the latter game being played at Washington. Washington lost 4 in a row, then won 4 in a row before losing last week to the Cowboys, a game that Dallas guaranteed they would win- and did- despite Dak not playing that great. The Eagles will be playing at home this week, but they may not want to. Out of their 6 wins, only one has come at home, against New Orleans a few weeks back. Unfortunately for them, 3 of their last 4 games are at home. Washington is a big 6-point road favorite, and are -260 money line, while Philly is +210. The over/ under is at 44.5 points. It will be cold, 44 degrees at kickoff, but no rain or snow in the forecast. I like Washington in this one because the Eagles just are not playing well at home this year, and they probably want to avenge that tough loss to the Cowboys last week.
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