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NFL Week 15 picks: Predictions for Washington Football Team vs. Philadelphia Eagles | Will schedule change impact NFC East matchup?

NJ.com logo NJ.com 12/20/2021 Mike Kaye, nj.com
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) practices at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon. © Tim Hawk/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) practices at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles will be well-rested, coming off their bye week, when they host a banged-up Washington Football Team on Tuesday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Gardner Minshew (10) and QB Jalen Hurts (1) practice at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon. © Tim Hawk/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Philadelphia Eagles QB Gardner Minshew (10) and QB Jalen Hurts (1) practice at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon.

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Friday, the NFL officially moved the game from Sunday at 1 p.m. ET to Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, due to medical concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington’s locker room.

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni is likely to lean on Miles Sanders and the running back stable in a must-win game against a division rival. Quarterback Jalen Hurts missed the team’s Week 13 win over the Jets due to an ankle injury, but he should be ready to play in the team’s return to its home stadium.

Washington is coming off a disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14. The team also has over a dozen players on their COVID-19/reserve list, including starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke.

Will the Eagles earn their second home win on Tuesday? Here’s what our writers think:

Philadelphia Eagles WR DeVonta Smith (6) practices at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon. © Tim Hawk/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Philadelphia Eagles WR DeVonta Smith (6) practices at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon.

Mike Kaye: Eagles reporter, NJ Advance Media

The Eagles need this win like they need air to breathe. A win here would push them straight into the final wild-card spot with a little help. The Eagles are coming off a bye week, and Washington is ailing with injuries and a jam-packed COVID-19 list.

If the Eagles can’t take advantage at The Linc, they don’t deserve a playoff spot, and most likely won’t get one. Nick Sirianni should lean heavily on the running game.

PICK: Eagles 28, Washington 20.

Chris Franklin: Eagles reporter, NJ Advance Media

The Eagles are coming off the bye week more rested than the Football Team. The Eagles’ offense picks up where it left off running the ball, powering the team to a win that keeps them in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) practices at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon. © Tim Hawk/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) practices at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon.

PICK: Eagles 27, Washington 20.


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Zack Rosenblatt: Giants reporter, NJ Advance Media

Washington was hit hard by COVID-19 and the Eagles are coming off a bye. Whether it’s Jalen Hurts or Gardner Minshew, there is no reason the Eagles should lose this game.

PICK: Eagles 21, Washington 13.

Joey Chandler: Jets reporter, NJ Advance Media

Fresh off a bye week, Jalen Hurts has one of his best performances of the year to lead the Eagles to victory.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni talks to Howie Roseman, general manager, during practice at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon. © Tim Hawk/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni talks to Howie Roseman, general manager, during practice at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon.

PICK: Eagles 27, Washington 10.

Darryl Slater: NFL writer, NJ Advance Media

A “battle” of 6-7 teams, with that third (or even second) NFC wild-card spot not yet out of reach. The Eagles, coming off a bye week, get a big win here, improve to 4-1 in their past five games, and keep their season afloat.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Gardner Minshew (10) and QB Jalen Hurts (1) practice at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon. © Tim Hawk/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Philadelphia Eagles QB Gardner Minshew (10) and QB Jalen Hurts (1) practice at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon.

PICK: Eagles 27, Washington 24.

Joe Giglio: Sports reporter, NJ Advance Media

Washington’s defensive line is banged up and/or in COVID protocol. Bad recipe vs. the best rushing attack in the NFL.

Philadelphia Eagles T Jordan Mailata (68) practices against T Andre Dillard (77) at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon. © Tim Hawk/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Philadelphia Eagles T Jordan Mailata (68) practices against T Andre Dillard (77) at the NovaCare Complex, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The Eagles host the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon.

PICK: Eagles 27, Washington 17.

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Mike Kaye may be reached at mkaye@njadvancemedia.com.

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) reaches for a pass as Washington Football Team CB Kendall Fuller (29) defends during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2020.

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) reaches for a pass as Washington Football Team CB Kendall Fuller (29) defends during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2020.
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