Washington Commanders vs. Philadelphia Eagles Monday Night Football Betting Preview

Washington Commanders vs. Philadelphia Eagles Monday Night Football Betting Preview

Ayden Fahlstrom
2 years ago
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts scrambles during game against the Washington Commanders

On Monday Night Football this week, NFC East rivals will close out the Week 10 schedule. The Washington Commanders have played better in recent weeks than they did early in the season.

However, they are 11-point underdogs coming into this contest as they face an undefeated Philadelphia Eagles team in Philadelphia.

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Washington Commanders

Last week, the Washington Commanders lost by a field goal to a Minnesota Vikings team that has gone 8-1 to start this season.

Washington had plenty of chances to win that game but could not take advantage of them and saw a three-game winning streak snapped as a result. They come into this week at 4-5 and as the only sub .500 team in the NFC East, as they aim to get a win here to move back to the .500 mark.

For the Commanders, the big reason for their success has been their improvement at the quarterback position. Since Taylor Heinicke took over for the injured Carson Wentz, Washington is more explosive, moving the ball down the field, which has helped their running game as well.

The question is whether or not Heinicke can do enough to help the Commanders keep up with an explosive Eagles team.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles are 8-0 to start this season, and had some extra time to prepare for this game against the Commanders. Philadelphia last played on Thursday Night Football in Week 9, overcoming a slow start in the first half to win that game.

Now, the Eagles will play for a ninth straight win and to move to two full games ahead of the second-place New York Giants in the division standings.

So far this season, the Eagles have done just about everything right, but the play of Jalen Hurts has been especially impressive. Hurts has thrown 12 touchdown passes to just two interceptions and has added six rushing touchdowns without losing any fumbles so far this year. If he continues to avoid turning the ball over and the Eagles keep winning, Hurts could be this season’s MVP in the NFL.

Keys To The Game

The biggest key to this game for the Washington Commanders is going to be their pass rush, and specifically how it finds pressure on Jalen Hurts. Beating the offensive line across from them is a tough enough task, but the Commanders have to do so while also not letting Hurts break containment on the outside.

That has proven to be too challenging for all teams the Eagles have played so far, and Washington will have to be the exception to that rule to win here.

On the Philadelphia side of things, the Eagles’ biggest key to this game is to avoid blown coverages that could give the Commanders a chance to win. Heinicke has shown a willingness to go deep to Terry McLaurin since taking over for Wentz.

If Philadelphia can shut that facet of the Washington offense down and force them to run the ball, the Eagles could cruise to a 9-0 start.

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