Fanelli’s Fave Five Prop Bets for SNF: Washington Football Team vs. Philadelphia Eaglesby Mike Fanelli January 3, 2021 0 comments
Win or go home; it’s that simple for the Washington Football Team. With a win over the 4-10-1 Philadelphia Eagles tonight, the 6-9 Washington Football Team will make the playoffs as the NFC East champions. However, a loss to the Eagles would make the winner of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants game will be the NFC East champion. For Philadelphia, all they can do is play spoilers for Washington. In a must-win situation for Washington, gamblers can expect a competitive game.
The team’s fan base and fantasy football players will have their eyes glued to the game, watching every play with the utmost attention. For gamblers, their only rooting interest is whatever will lead to money in their pocket. However, which bets should they place? Here are my five favorite prop bets for tonight’s game.
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Terry McLaurin Over 59.5 Receiving Yards (-120)
After missing last week with an ankle injury, McLaurin is on track to play tonight. He is averaging 77 receiving yards per game this season, recording 60 or more in 11 of 14 games. Furthermore, McLaurin has 74 or more receiving yards in seven of his past nine games. Meanwhile, the Eagles have struggled to slow down wide receivers this season, giving up 178.2 per game to the position. They have given up 192 or more receiving yards to wide receivers in five straight games, including a season-high 307 to the Cowboys’ wide receivers last week. McLaurin had 61 receiving yards in the game against the Eagles earlier this season, but in a must-win game, expect Washington to force-feed him targets.
Jalen Hurts Over 54.5 Rushing Yards (-115)
Since taking over as the starting quarterback, Hurts has completed only 54.9 percent of his passes. However, he has made an impact on the ground, averaging just under 13 rushing attempts per game as the starter. During those three games, Hurts has rushed for at least 63 in every contest, averaging 79.3 per game. Furthermore, the Eagles will be without Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert, DeSean Jackson, and others tonight. With so many weapons out, expect the Eagles to build their gameplan around Hurts’ rushing ability.
Alex Smith Under 1.5 Passing Touchdowns (-135)
Smith has missed the last 2.5 games with a calf injury. However, reports are that Smith will start tonight. However, even with Smith under center, Washington’s passing attack has been awful. Smith has thrown only four touchdowns this season in seven games. He hasn’t thrown more than one in any game and has thrown under 200 yards in half of his starts this season. Meanwhile, the Eagles have done a good job limiting passing touchdowns this season, giving up an average of 1.7 per game. They have held quarterbacks under two passing touchdowns in about half of their games this season. While Smith returning is critical for Washington on the field, don’t expect Smith to have a big game.
Zach Ertz Over 33.5 Receiving Yards (-112)
The 2020 season has been one to forget for Ertz as he is averaging career-lows across the board. Ertz has missed five games this season with an ankle injury. In the other 10, he is averaging 31.9 receiving yards per game. However, over his last two games with Hurts under center, Ertz has 102 receiving yards. More importantly, Ertz has seven targets in back-to-back games. Meanwhile, Washington gave up a season-high 119 receiving yards to the Eagles’ tight ends earlier this season. With Goedert and Jackson out this week, Ertz will have a bigger role in the offense and should finish the game with at least 50 receiving yards.
J.D. McKissic Over 33.5 Receiving Yards (-112)
When Washington added McKissic in the offseason, many didn’t think much of the move. However, McKissic has played a critical role in Washington’s offense this season. Since Week 3, McKissic is averaging 42.9 receiving yards per game. Furthermore, with Smith under center, McKissic is averaging 6.2 receptions for 45 receiving yards per game. McKissic has 37 or more receiving yards in almost 70 percent of his games since Week 3, including three of his last four. Outside of McLaurin, Washington doesn’t have many playmakers, and McKissic is Smith’s favorite target. Expect McKissic to hit the over on this prop bet before the start of the fourth quarter.
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