The Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) are in the driver’s seat for an NFL player spot, but Washington (6-9) would love to derail that plan when the two teams meet for the second time in just 12 days in Week 17 . It will be the Football Team’s final home game in a season defined by injury, illness, and disappointment. With a motivated Eagles team seemingly poised to keep things rolling, they enter this contest with a number of advantageous matchups.
Let’s take a look at our three favorite Eagles vs. Washington player props picks, complete with full betting analysis for this NFL Week 17 game.
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Eagles vs. Washington Player Props
Jalen Hurts Over 44.5 Rushing Yards
If you watched the Washington-Dallas game last week, you probably saw a shorthanded and deflated Washington defense get manhandled on nearly every play. Dallas did whatever it wanted whenever it wanted and it showed on both the scoreboard and stat sheet. That said, Washington may show some pride here, a week healthier and better rested.
Washington’s strength this season had been stopping the run, at least until recently. Still, it’s an area in which they still rank eighth, despite allowing 238 yards on the ground to this Philadelphia team two weeks. Of note, 200 of those yards came via Philly running backs, making that priority number one for Washington’s defense this time around.
We know Washington doesn’t stop the pass well, allowing the NFL’s third most passing yards per game, so we should see Jalen Hurts drop back to throw a bit more here as Washington jams the box to stop the ground game. Hurts will invariably find some running lanes as those pass plays develop if he gets anywhere near the protection Dak Prescott received last week.
If Hurts becomes the team’s main source of rushing with the Football Team keying in on the rushers who hurt them most two weeks ago, this prop should fall without much of a fight. While Hurts has been slowed a bit with an ankle injury, he rushed for 38 yards in that last meeting on just eight carries. Two weeks healthier, he figures to carry it a bit more this time around. Notably, he has only rushed fewer than eight times in three games this season and averages 9.43 attempts per contest.
Hurts has the third highest yards per rush average in the league (5.6), meaning that it would only take him eight carries at that average to top this prop’s requirement. He is the team’s second leading rusher, averaging 52.9 yards per game, well above this prop total, and is also second among NFL quarterbacks in rushing yards in 2021.
Jalen Hurts uses his legs to pick up 12 yards#Eagles #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/OyxgXv644k
— Brodes Media (@BrodesMedia) December 22, 2021
While winning will be the primary focus, he should have a little extra motivation when he takes off running in this one. He is likely to finish the game as his team’s leading rusher and the NFL leader for rushing yards by a quarterback. After all, Miles Sanders is hurt and Lamar Jackson is questionable to play with a bad ankle. He is within striking distance of both and would surely love to have both of those accolades to his name come regular season’s end if he can do so organically as the team chases a playoff spot.
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In a game that means so much to the Eagles, it’s easy to envision Hurts taking over to ensure a victory and clear the path to the playoffs. That’s especially true knowing he scored twice in the first meeting and now has a banged up backfield facing a typically stout rush defense.
Boston Scott Anytime Touchdown Scorer
As mentioned, above the Philadelphia rushing attack is banged up entering this all-important contest. Sanders is out with a hand injury. Jordan Howard is tagged as questionable with a stinger and Kenneth Gainwell is nursing a minor ankle issue. This leaves Boston Scott as the only regularly contributing back on the team not listed on this week’s injury report.
Scott led the team in rushes last week, but should still be the freshest back the Eagles have to offer, having only run the ball in seven games this season. When he has been part of the offensive game plan, he is utilized extensively, receiving at least eight touches in all seven games. Despite his limited game action, Scott leads all Eagles running backs in touchdowns on the ground with five, including a score in each of his last two games.
Boston Scott another Giant TD on the Giants!!!
Scott has 8 TDs in 6 career games vs #Giants pic.twitter.com/7JwlS66ZgE
— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) December 26, 2021
Washington does not generally give up a ton of rushing touchdowns, but this defense has been so battered and beaten the last two weeks that it may not look like the team we saw earlier this season, particularly late. After all, WFT once ranked in the top five against the run just two short weeks ago. The Football Team may also want to ensure Hurts does not beat them for scores with his legs again after his two touchdown performance in the first meeting. With the other backs banged up, it stands to reason that Scott should see some action in the red zone.
Finally, Washington has conceded nine touchdowns through the air to running backs this season, an exorbitant number. By no means is Scott a dynamic pass catcher with just nine total receptions on the year, but it does open up another avenue for him to find paydirt.
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John Bates Anytime Touchdown Scorer
Last week brought another game with yet another touchdown scored by an opposing tight end against this Eagles group. Philadelphia has now conceded 12 tight end scores over its last 13 games, only keeping the position out of the end zone in three of the contests during that stretch. The only team not to see a touchdown scored against the Eagles over the last five weeks was Washington two weeks ago– and it was awfully close.
Garrett Gilbert to John Bates for 29 yard on 3rd & 1! Next play Patterson gets in for the 1 yard TD! #WashingtonFootball pic.twitter.com/UX2nASQbcx
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We don’t foresee it happening again here as the Football Team gets closer to normal health and player availability.
John Bates makes sense for multiple reasons. While his team was getting lambasted last week in one of the most lopsided efforts in recent memory, Bates was out there breaking his tail to make plays. One such play saw him catch a pass up the side line with Washington down by a 49-7 score. Instead of stepping out and avoiding a big hit in a game that was done and dusted, Bates initiated contact and turned the play into a 32-yard gain.
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We believe plays like that resonate with coaches like Ron Rivera and, and with the season already lost, Bates is likely to have earned more snaps for this matchup.
Bates also collected his first NFL touchdown in the fourth quarter of last week’s game. If he is able to get in again here against one of the league’s worst teams at defending the tight end position, he would join a long list of tight ends who are not household names that have scored against the Eagles this season.
If guys like Chris Myarick, Ryan Griffin, Adam Trautman, Stephen Anderson, Donald Parham, Foster Moreau, O.J. Howard, Tommy Tremble, and Jody Fortson were all able to cross the goal line against the Birds, why can’t this hungry rookie join the list? It seems worth a shot for a +500 return.
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