The online sportsbook makers know that NFL players are not normally as petty as the fans can be about loyalty. Players can move from city to city chasing their fortunes, while fans have roots in their towns and their NFL football betting is usually reserved for the home team. But this game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles may be different for Washington quarterback, and former Philadelphia quarterback, Donovan McNabb.
The Philadelphia Eagles are winning without McNabb. They are doing quite well actually. The Washington Redskins are not winning with McNabb on the team, and the football betting world is thinking that McNabb may be part of the problem.
Very few NFL predictions would have given Michael Vick a chance at football redemption. The knocks against him have not changed throughout his career. He is impatient, he is not much of a passer and he is not a team player. But the years, and a stint in prison, have changed Michael Vick. Luckily for Eagles head coach Andy Reid, Vick is now a complete quarterback and he is making Reid look like a genius for the decisions Reid has made the past 6 months. Eagles fans need to remember that Vick was not the plan, Vick was a happy accident. You cannot run a football team by counting on happy accidents.
In this game, the ramped up Philadelphia offense meets a decent Washington defense. Washington head coach Mike Shanahan still insists on throwing $100 million bust Albert Haynesworth on the field; and that has cost the Redskins on more than one occasion. But the rest of the Washington defense is playing pretty well. But they have not seen a quarterback like Vick yet. The Redskins defense has also not seen a receiver with the skills of DeSean Jackson yet. Not even Dez Bryant in Dallas can prepare the Redskins for DeSean Jackson.
Pick: Philadelphia Eagles 27-13
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