Barring a Major League type resurrection, the 2012 season is over. All that's left is to figure out the futures of Andy Reid and Michael Vick. Next up: the Redskins.
ESPN: This is how far the Eagles have fallen in the last month: Redskins coach Mike Shanahan announced after the team's Week 9 loss to the Panthers that he would use the rest of the season to evaluate the roster because the chances his team made the playoffs were somewhere between slim and none. Smash cut to 10 days later and nine of 10 ESPN experts like Washington to beat Philly. Two teams, identical records (3-6), both mathematically still alive for the postseason. The difference: the 'Skins have a young, franchise quarterback they believe in and the Eagles have uncertainty not only at QB and head coach, but up and down the roster.
CBSSports.com: The Eagles get a little more love here but not much: Seven of nine experts are taking the 'Skins most likely for the reasons outlined above.
CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco is one of the 78-percenters. "The Eagles will give Nick Foles his first start because of the injury to Mike Vick. Making your first start on the road is tough. But the Redskins really struggle on defense. The Eagles don't rush the passer, which means Robert Griffin III should have success throwing it as well. This should be fun. Too bad it means nothing. Redskins, 37-27."
"Too bad it means nothing" pretty much says it all.
Yahoo! Sports: Philly's luck has gone from bad to worse: all four Yahoo experts like Washington.
What Vegas is saying: Finally, some good news for folks looking to make some friendly wagers. The Redskins are favored by 1.5 points Sunday but according to OddShark.com: Philly is 9-4 against the spread in the last 13 games in Washington. The Redskins, meanwhile, are 0-4 against the spread in the last four games after a Bye Week.
My 1-year-old. I put two stickers -- one red and one green -- on his Buzz Lightyear knowing that he'd spend the next 10 minutes trying to scrape them off. I waited patiently to see which sticker he went for first. This very scientific study yielded the following results: he went for the red sticker which clearly means that he likes Washington. Nate Silver is unimpressed.
Me (5-2): As we mentioned above, despite sharing the same record, these teams appear to be going in opposite directions. But we're not yet ready to officially bury the Eagles -- at least not against a Mike Shanahan-coached team. Yes, they're dysfunctional but we think Foles will have a huge day. We're picking the Eagles, 27-20.