Eagles Redskins Preview

Saturday, October 4, 2008 ·

Sunday, 1p.m. the Eagles will host the rival Washington Redskins. It may be early in the season but this is a must win game for the Eagles for they do not want to fall further in the already tough NFC East.

Records: Eagles (2-2); Redskins (3-1)
Last time met: Nov. 11 2007. The Eagles beat the Redskins 33-25 in Washington
Best case scenario: Brian Westbrook plays and contributes to the offense in a big way. He shakes off the ankle injury and gains 150 yards from scrimmage with 2 TDs. Donovan McNabb also throws for 2 TDs. Trent Cole and Juqua Parker combine for 4 sacks and Asante Sameul picks off Jason Campbell. Brian Dawkins forces another fumble. Desean Jackson returns a punt for a TD.
Worst case scenario: Brian Westbrook breaks his ankle and is done for the season. McNabb can't get loose with his chest injury and throws 3 picks. Jason Campbell picks apart the Eagles secondary with 3 TDs to Santana Moss and Antwan Randel El. Clinton Portis is the first back to break 100 yards on the Eagles run defense and scores 2 TDs. The Eagles fall to 2-3 and are deeper in the basement in the East.

More after the jump:

Offenses: The Eagles will most likely have Brian Westbrook back for the game but he will not be 100% so don't expect too much from him. Correll Buckhalter probably get the majority of the work load. McNabb is hoping to shake his poor performance last week with a good one of his own this game. LJ Smith is questionable as well.

The Redskins offense is coming off of a huge win last week. Santana Moss is a deep threat again and Campbell is establishing himself as a pretty good quarterback. Portis is 5th in the league in rushing yards and has 3 TDs. He can be dangerous if not contained. Chris Cooly has been known for playing well versus the Birds and the Eagles had been burnt with TEs in their 2 losses.

Advantage: Even

Defenses: The Eagles defense got little pressure last week and the linebackers and secondary got burnt on 3 plays. Asante Samuel got embarrassed by Devin Hester on a fluke play but has been burnt a few times this year. I'm not worried about him though. The linebackers need to do a better job at containing the TE and the backs. They are first in the league in rushing yards allowed.

The Redskins defense is 12th in the league in points allowed and 14th in total yards. Their line is with out Jason Taylor and the secondary with out Shawn Springs. They will have a tough time containing Jackson if he plays like he did before his fumble last week

Advantage: Eagles

Injury Report:
Doubtful: G Shawn Andrews, DE Victor Abiamari, WR Kevin Curtis; Questionable: RB Brian Westbrook, TE LJ Smith

Redskins: Out: DE Jason Taylor; Doubtful: T Stephon Heyer, Quesitonable: S Shawn Springs, LB Marcus Washington

On paper the Eagles are better but that doesn't matter (i.e. Washington vs. Dallas and Philly vs. Chicago). They need to up the pressure and play smart football, true John Madden-isms.

Prediction: Eagles 31; Washington 14


Anonymous said...
October 6, 2008 at 12:40 AM  

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Run or pass and score -- we want a lot more!
Beat 'em, Swamp 'em,
Touchdown! -- Let the points soar!
Fight on, fight on 'Til you have won
Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!

Justin Evans said...
October 6, 2008 at 9:41 AM  

hahaha figures.

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