The Eagles will be looking to start their first winning streak of the season and it is now or never. This is a must-win game for the Eagles and Redskins. The Redskins are looking to establish Colt McCoy as their starter after the loss of Alex Smith. Here are the crew’s predictions for the game:
ERIC FENSTERMAKER (5-6)
The Eagles will be aided by the return of Sydney Jones and Rasul Douglas on defense and the defensive line will look to pressure Colt McCoy. Carson Wentz will lean heavily on his favorite target Zach Ertz, but the two biggest focuses for the Eagles offense must establish another receiving weapon early and getting Josh Adams involved early and often. The Eagles rushed the ball well last week and will look to build upon that. Both teams desperately need a victory to keep pace in the divisional race to the leading Cowboys. I’m going with the Eagles because, despite injury, I believe they are the more complete team and have more big play guys who will deliver consistently throughout a game. Losing your starting quarterback this late in the season can prove to be devastating, well, unless you have some Philly Philly up your sleeve. Wentz and the offense will put it together and lead the team to a much-needed victory to spice up the NFC playoff race.
Final Prediction: Eagles 31, Redskins 17
JOE FABIANI (5-6)
The Eagles come into this matchup in control of their season. This is a must-win game. The Eagles defensive line needs to wake up. Over the last six weeks, they have allowed a total of 871 rushing yards. That’s unacceptable for a team whose strength is supposed to be stopping the run. They cannot allow the ageless wonder, Adrian Peterson, to get going. The defense has to be aggressive and get after Colt McCoy early. On the other side, Carson Wentz and Golden Tate need to get a connection going. This will Tate’s fourth game as an Eagle. They need to show chemistry as they look to establish a flow on offense. The Eagles should be able to take advantage of a suspect secondary. Look for Carson Wentz to make a statement in this game.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Redskins 13
KEVIN MEANS (5-6)
We saw a couple of mid-game changes for the Eagles last week and it seemed to help. For the first time in what has seemed like forever, an Eagles running back received over 20 carries and Josh Adams did fairly well with it averaging just a hair under 4 yards per carry. I think Doug Pederson and his offense will keep this going, knowing that Redskins are going to struggle to score points without Alex Smith and a good portion of their offensive line. As always this season, the Eagles secondary will definitely be something to focus on as they are still missing the majority of their starting lineup back there. Colt McCoy isn’t as bad as many people think but he’s surrounded by backup players right now. The Redskins offense vs the Eagles defense could look like two preseason units out there with the number of backups that are going to get playing time but I believe the Eagles will come out with the upper hand this week.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Redskins 17
TYLER EDGERTON (4-7)
Carson Wentz and the offense finally found a balanced rhythm in the second half against the Giants last week. This week comes down to the same approach as the Eagles MUST start faster in games as it seems every beginning series results in three downs and a punt. For the first time this season, we will see a special teams touchdown by the Eagles. Darren Sproles will return this week, but the Eagles also will be without Jordan Hicks. Colt McCoy is a solid backup and could be helped tremendously if the Redskins running attack lead by the age-less Adrian Peterson can fule the offense. This rivalry is often overlooked in the NFC East. In my opinion, the Eagles will put together a full 60 minutes this week and win this game fairly easily.
Final Prediction: Eagles 30, Redskins 17
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