Eagles watch Washington-Dallas game with eagerness


    Graphic shows NFL team matchups and how theyll fare in Week 13 action

    What once looked like a showdown in the NFC East now is a matter of survival for Dallas and Washington.

    A Redskins victory or tie clinches the division for what has been the league's team of the year, the Eagles. Yes, not even into December and folks in Philly could be celebrating — even if that means rooting for the despised team from the nation's capital.

    Dallas still is without suspended running back Zeke Elliott, and the offense has stagnated in his absence. The Cowboys really need a healthy Sean Lee at linebacker, too.

    Yes, with suspensions and injuries, these teams barely resemble how they began the schedule.

    "Sometimes we have to trust it," Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins says of playing while surrounded by fill-ins. "We have to go and just play and believe that, however new this player is, he's got to make the play and he's got a jersey and a number, and he can do it."

    Dallas, ranked 18th in the AP Pro32, is a 1-point favorite over No. 17 Washington. All those missing players for the visitors make them impossible to select.

    COWBOYS, 24-20

    KNOCKOUT LEAGUE TIP

    Time to go back to the Cleveland's opponent theory. That would be the CHARGERS this week.

    No. 23 Houston (plus 7 1-2) at No. 11 Tennessee

    Too many points to give Texans, who could spring surprise.

    BEST BET: TITANS, 22-17

    No. 12 Detroit (plus 3) at No. 14 Baltimore

    Lions keep wild-card hopes going, hurt Baltimore's chances.

    UPSET SPECIAL: LIONS, 23-13

    No. 7 Carolina (plus 4) at No. 6 New Orleans

    Looked at this for upset special.

    PANTHERS, 31-30

    No. 32 Cleveland (plus 13 1-2) at No. 13 Los Angeles Chargers

    Didn't even remotely consider this for upset.

    CHARGERS, 30-6

    No. 1 Philadelphia (minus 5 1-2) at No. 9 Seattle

    It must be a special year for Eagles if they are favored so strongly at Seattle.

    SEAHAWKS, 21-20

    No. 3 (tie) Minnesota (plus 3) at No. 8 Atlanta

    Another terrific matchup for Week 13.

    FALCONS, 21-17

    No. 2 New England (minus 8) at No. 16 Buffalo

    Patriots closing in on another AFC East crown even with Brady taking physical beatings.

    PATRIOTS, 27-16

    No. 20 Cincinnati (plus 5 1-2) at No. 3 (tie) Pittsburgh, Monday night

    Steelers aren't blowing out anyone right now.

    STEELERS, 23-20

    No. 27 Denver (pick-em) at No. 16 Miami

    Shield your eyes for this one — and not from the Florida sun.

    DOLPHINS, 17-15

    No. 28 Indianapolis (plus 9 1-2) at No. 10 Jacksonville

    After last week's stumble, Jaguars will have mean edge vs. Indy.

    JAGUARS, 30-19

    No. 15 Kansas City (minus 3) at No. 24 New York Jets

    Really worried about Chiefs, but they squeeze by here.

    CHIEFS, 20-16

    No. 21 (tie) Arizona (plus 7) at No. 5 Los Angeles Rams

    Breather in difficult stretch for NFC West leaders.

    RAMS, 32-16

    No. 30 New York Giants (plus 5 1-2) at No. 19 Oakland

    Long trip for Giants to get whipped, though Raiders are undermanned, too.

    RAIDERS, 24-14

    No. 31 San Francisco (plus 4 1-2) at No. 29 Chicago

    Joe Cool vs. Monsters of Midway? Not quite.

    BEARS, 16-13

    No. 25 Tampa Bay (OFF) at No. 21 Green Bay

    Packers could have won at Pittsburgh, will do so here.

    PACKERS, 16-13

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    2017 RECORD:

    Last week: Against spread (10-4-2). Straight up (14-2)

    Season Totals: Against spread (83-81-5). Straight up: (110-65)

    Best Bet: 7-5 against spread, 9-3 straight up.

    Upset special: 8-4 against spread, 8-4 straight up

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