The Eagles coming off a Sunday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys are in a must win situation when they meet the Washington Redskins on Sunday, if they have any hope of staying in the playoff race. The Packers and the Lions have what should be easy wins lined up for them this week in the Buccaneers and the Bears. Both the Lions at 8-2 and the Packers at 7-3 have better conference records than the Eagles who sit at 5-5, and are a full game behind the two teams at 9-5, a loss in Washington could conceivably eliminate them especially if the Lions and Packers win this week. Not to mention that if the Eagles lose this week and the Cowboys beat the AFC South Champion Indianapolis Colts on Sunday than they fall two games behind the Cowboys in the NFC East division race. With that said the Redskins are an absolute mess. Their most accurate passer Colt McCoy is done for the season. The head coach despises his number two quarterback RGIII who has a 0 TID which is horrendous for a starting quarterback. The third quarterback in this mess Kirk Cousins has thrown for the most yards on the team and his TID is better than RGIII’s even if not by much with an astounding TID of 0.5. The Redskins defense has a TID of 6 which means that opposing quarterbacks score on this team at will. Washington receivers have a 6.3 yards after catch average while their defense is only allowing YAC of 5.0 to opposing receivers. The Redskins are averaging 2.35 sacks a game while averaging 2.57 tackles for a loss per game. The Redskins offensive line is giving up 3.78 sacks a game so whoever is back there Sunday is going to need to release the ball quick.
The Philadelphia Eagles are starting Mark Sanchez once again. Sanchez has a TID of 0.5 and has been 16 times. Sanchez has taken 64% of the teams sacks this year. Eagles receivers have a 5.5 YAC average this season while their defense is allowing a 5.9 YAC average to opposing receivers. The Redskins top 3 receivers in yardage have a total of 1887 yards a 15.5 yards per catch average, a 60.1% reception ratio, 958 yards after the catch and a 7.9 YAC average, the Eagles top 3 have a 2447 yards a 14.1 yards per catch average,a 61.1% reception ratio, 923 yards after the catch and a 5.3 YAC average. The Redskins are rushing for 4.3 yards a game to the Eagles 4.1. The Eagles are ranked 8th in rushing offense and the Redskins 20th, The Eagles on the ground average 14.8 yards more a game despite gaining 0.2 yards less per carry than the Redskins. The Eagles are only giving up 1.78 sacks a game, if LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles can get an effective running game going the Redskins won’t be able to stop the Eagles quick paced high powered offense.
The key matchup in this game is the Redskins receivers versus the Eagles secondary, if the Eagles can stop Desean Jackson from making any big plays and limit Roy Helu Jr. on the screen passes the Eagles should have an easy time against the Redskins dysfunctional offense. If the Redskins receivers are allowed to run loose in the secondary, as dysfunctional as the Redskins are they just might be able to pull off the upset.
I admit I want the Redskins to win this game, because it helps the Lions in the playoff picture. The Eagles are 7 1/2 point favorites on the road as much as I’d like to see the Redskins win this one outright, I don’t think it is going to happen. I think the Eagles win this by two touchdowns take the Eagles giving 7 1/2 at Washington.
Final Score: Philadelphia Eagles 35 Washington Redskins 13