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Eagles vs Redskins: Week One Staff Predictions

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The Philadelphia Eagles will open the 2019 schedule when the Washington Redskins come to town for a week one matchup, opening the 17th regular season at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles swept the Redskins the past two seasons in a row after being swept in Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson’s rookie year. Here are the crew’s predictions for the game:

 

Eric Fenstermaker  (0-0)

The Eagles have plenty to be excited about this season. Carson Wentz is healthy, and he should have no problem finding talent to spread the ball around to. DeSean Jackson will be looking to break downfield for a big play or two, and Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard will be carrying the ball plenty to excite Eagles fans. The Eagles, in my opinion, should stress the run game, so I anticipate seeing more Sanders and Howard and less Wentz. I think the defense is going to be the key factor, especially in the pass rush, and the Eagles shouldn’t have an issue getting a critical divisional win. Starting off the season with a win is vital if the Eagles want to hit the ground running.

Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Redskins 10

 

JOE FABIANI  (0-0)

The Redskins will be starting a new quarterback for the second year in a row with Case Keenum at the helm. It’ll be interesting to see how the Eagles attack this Redskins defense considering most of their offensive starters didn’t take a single snap in the pre-season. I don’t expect the offense to start slow considering how long some of these guys have been together, but the Redskins defense has been much improved over the last couple seasons. Outside linebacker, Ryan Kerrigan is always a thorn in the side of the Eagles offensive line. I’m looking at both team’s young running backs to see how they come out in a big division game and expect Miles Sanders and Derrius Guice to see a lot of action in this one. I will always be watching the battle in the trenches. One has to wonder if star D-lineman Fletcher Cox will be on a snap count. Either way, I think the Eagles defensive line will overpower the Redskins as they will be without one of the best in Trent Williams. Week one is always tough prediction wise but the Eagles have the edge here as they have less than a handful of new starters this season.

Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Redskins 13

 

JOEY KAPUSTA  (0-0)

The Eagles take on a familiar face, both in the Redskins and their signal-caller, Case Keenum.  Just like the last matchup with Keenum, I think the Eagles start out a little slow, with Washington taking a 3-0 lead. The Eagles will answer quickly by going up-tempo and getting Wentz into an early rhythm.  Once the Eagles take the lead, I don’t see them losing it.  I see Schwartz dialing up a ton of pressure on Washington’s makeshift line and giving the Eagles great field position all game as a result. Watch out for Sproles in the return game for a big play to spark a scoring drive. Eagles defense plays extremely well and forces multiple turnovers.

Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Redskins 13

 

KEVIN MEANS  (0-0)

Football is back and the Eagles are highly regarded as the most talented team in the NFL. With the Redskins quarterback situation in limbo, expect them to test the Eagles linebackers early running the ball between Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson, and Chris Thompson. This will give Zach Brown a chance to prove himself early against his former team. As for the Eagles offense, don’t expect a fast start to the season with a ton of guys coming back from injury, but they shouldn’t have too many issues putting up 20+ points against the middling Redskins defense. Many people will be wondering who will get the bulk of the carries for the Eagles but I don’t foresee anything less than a full-time committee to start the season, regardless of someone getting a “hot hand”. Week one likely won’t be a blowout for Philadelphia but should be a fairly relaxed win for Eagles fans.

Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Redskins 10

 

TYLER EDGERTON (0-0)

Expect the Eagles to come out fired up and set the tempo early. In an ideal scenario, they receive the kick to start the half and have a 75-yard, one-play touchdown drive to Desean Jackson. However, I think the Eagles try to run the ball early so they can utilize Wentz’s best set of skills – the play-action pass game. The Redskins defensive front is always concerning, but on the offensive side of the ball, their young and inexperienced wide receiver core will struggle. Jordan Reed is they’re only threat as I see the eagles dominating on defense against the run. Keenum gets sacked five times and the Eagles coast to their first win.

Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Redskins 13

 

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