The season and playoff hopes are alive once again as the Eagles travel to the nation’s capital to FedEx field for a Week 15 showdown with the Washington Redskins. Looking to keep pace n the division, the Eagles will need to rely on their roster depth to get the job done. Here are the crew’s predictions for the game:
TYLER EDGERTON (7-6)
Another tough division battle today against a team that would like nothing more to ruin the Eagles season. So how do the Eagles get it done today on the road? They need to get creative on offense to help out the unproven players (like Boston Scott and Greg Ward Jr.) who Carson Wentz has to rely on this afternoon. My focus today is on Big V stepping in for Lane Johnson. The Eagles offensive line will need to handle a Washington defensive line that has 19 sacks over the last three weeks. I’ll be honest, the wildcard factor of playing a rookie QB scares me a bit, but I think (and hope) the secondary is up to the challenge. Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz have to be the best players on the field today for the Birds to end up winning this game. Especially with Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor leaving the Eagles with three healthy wide receivers. They struggle at times but get the win.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Redskins 16
JOEY KAPUSTA (7-6)
What if I told you that in week 14, The Philadelphia Eagles would be without Alshon Jeffrey, Desean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Howard, and Lane Johnson? Not ideal right? Well, that is exactly what this team will be without heading into a division match up with Washington on Sunday. Carson Wentz will have to be perfect. Pederson and Groh will have to be as close to perfect as possible as well. This is the NFL where any team can win on any given Sunday. The Eagles need to win out to make the playoffs and the injury bug is making sure it stays around for a long time until that happens. Do the birds have enough fight in them to overcome these injuries? Can Carson put the entire offense on his back without risking injury and feeling like he has to do it all? This and only this will be the deciding factor in this game. Wentz and the offense need to find out a way to get 20 points. If they do, the birds should squeak out another ugly victory before the pivotal showdown against Dallas.
Final Prediction: Eagles 20, Washington 13
ERIC FENSTERMAKER (6-7)
It wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles found a way to defeat the Giants. The Eagles had a pitiful first half, but they rebounded with a solid second half and impressive OT drive. I think the Eagles still have a tremendous way to go, but there was at least some sign of life after going down 17-3 to the weak Giants. I don’t know how the Eagles will play the Redskins this week. During their week one match-up, the Eagles found themselves down for a good chunk of the game. Now, there is so much on the line. Just one loss can mean the difference between hosting a playoff game and watching from your couch. The Eagles are the much better team, but they have had plenty of trouble getting everything moving in the same direction. I’ll take the Eagles in this one because I know they are the better team, but I am weary because the Redskins are better than the Giants, and if the Eagles go down – like they did against the Giants – I don’t know if they can recover.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Redskins 17
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