Week 10 comes down to a pivotal fight in the NFC East, now wide open after the New York Giants fell to 6-3 after losing to Dallas. The Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) can tie for first place with a win over the Washington Redskins (4-4). A Redskins win would keep them within striking range of the division title in a two-way tie for second with the Eagles.
Philadelphia visits Washington coming off a big win against the Colts, led by QB Michael Vick, who is playing some of the best football of his career with an NFL best passer rating of 105.3 and 261 yards on the ground. WR DeSean Jackson is healthy and should have an active night while CB Asante Samuel, who is tied for second in the NFL with 5 interceptions and DE Trent Cole who has four sacks in three games will look to disrupt the Redskin’s passing game.
On the other side, Washington is coming off its bye week and a lot of the talk has been about coach Mike Shanahan’s benching of QB Donovan McNabb in an eventual loss to the Lions in the last game. There has been wide speculation on the move and conflicting reasons from the coaches but the last time McNabb was benched mid-season in week 12 of 2008, he came back firing the next game and threw four touchdowns and won four out of the next five games. RB Clinton Portis is still nagged by a groin injury and is listed as a game time decision while CB DeAngelo Hall leads the NFL with six interceptions. The Redskins will have to keep Vick in the pocket and off the edges with their OLB’s to keep him contained.
FOX Business has evaluated the win/loss and stock market statistics over the past 20 seasons of Monday night NFL games and come up with a Monday Night Markets (MNM) rank for each team based on their record and the prior week’s market activity. Let’s take a look at what the markets have to say.
The major indexes saw large losses last week with the Dow Industrials ending down 2.2%, the second drop in three weeks and the 7th largest this year. The S&P 500 closed out the week down 2.17%, snapping a five week winning streak with the largest drop since August. The markets were pressured by concerns on the negative impact of the Fed’s quantitative easing and with concerns with China possibly raising interest rates to combat inflation which could slow global economic growth. Stocks were further impacted by market worries on Irish sovereign debt and a possible EU bailout.
Over the past 20 years, the Eagles have played 35 Monday night games and based on our calculations have a Monday night rank of .824 when the Dow closes the prior week down and .786 when the S&P 500 is down giving them a MNM rank for this week of .805. During the same 20 year period, the Redskins have played 25 Monday night games and have a rank of .357 when the Dow is down and .333 when the S&P 500 is down giving them an MNM rank this week of .345.
Monday Night Markets picks the Philadelphia Eagles on the road over the Washington Redskins.
2010 Monday Night Markets picks: 4-6.
Week 10 FBN Staff Picks:
Not expecting much from them… they’re going to take it.
I like the Eagles this week. Vick looked better than I have seen him in years throwing the ball last week. His chemistry is building with that fine receiving corps in Philly and that will be evident Monday. McNabb will bounce back from controversy, he always has, but the Eagles take this one.