Things you need to know (info courtesy of Philadelphiaeagles.com):
No quarterback in NFL history had ever thrown for 315 yards and ran for at least 75 yards until Michael Vick accomplished that feat in each of the last two weeks.
Jeremy Maclin is second in the NFL with 32 receptions.
The Redskins lead the all-time series 76-67-6.
Game time: 1:00 P.M.
Site: FedEx Field
Coverage: Fox, DIRECTV (707), SIRIUSXM Eagles (132)/Redskins (86)
Announcers: Sam Rosen, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Weather Sunny, highs in the upper 60s
Game line: Eagles -3, 47o/u
Check out our predictions after the jump.
Steve Fini: I’ve picked the Eagles in every game this season. Fortunately for me, I’m not a betting man. The Eagles have had a problem with playing down to their competition, and in most cases, playing worse than their competition.
But they simply dug themselves too great of a hole. I have to imagine that this week will be much different. If the Eagles can’t get fired up for this game then the season really will be over. Hopefully, they can build on what they started last week against the Bills, and even their division division at 1-1. Remember, even though they have a bad record, the Eagles are still only two games behind the Redskins in the NFC East.
I think the Eagles are starting to have the mindset that their season is on the line, and look at this as a playoff game. I think the Eagles’ season starts today, and they take this game 28-24.
Bob Wankel: Unfortunately for me, I am a betting man. And the Eagles have cost me dearly these last few weeks. So called me jaded, or bitter, or a pessimist. But I don’t see it. Washington is 3-1 for a reason. The Eagles are 1-4 for a reason. Washington is off at home, off a bye, and present defensive matchup nightmares for a shaky Eagles’ offensive line. Brian Orakpo might actually be inside Michael Vick at some point during this game. I think the Eagles will have some success moving the football, but Washington has had a knack for creating turnovers, getting to the quarterback, and making the big play in the big spot.
On the other side of the football, the Redskins’ blend of a power run game and play action passing should give the Eagles fits. If the Redskins run the ball right at the Eagles, I don’t see how they can consistently keep Tim Hightower (assuming he plays), Ryan Torrain, or Roy Helu under wraps. It’ll be close, but I think the Eagles find yet another way to let a winnable game slip away. Redskins 23, Eagles 20.