Eagles vs. Redskins Preview: Five Bold Predictions


After picking up their first win of the season last week, the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to even their record at 2-2. This weeks opponent, The Washington Redskins offer favorable matchups for the Eagles on both sides of the ball so this is a good opportunity for the team to put together a complete game for the first time this season. The weather figures to be a big factor in the games outcome but in preparation for tomorrow’s game here are five bold predictions I see happening.

Eagles hold Redskins under 100 yards rushing

The Redskins field the leagues 4th best rushing attack averaging 143.7 yards per game under new offensive line coach Bill Callahan but their strength plays right into the Eagles strengths as well. The Eagles rank 7th in run defense and 1st in yards per rush with opponents averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. The Eagles have shown the ability to handle opposing teams run games with just their front 7 and I think that continues on Sunday. Another factor in this that certainly helps the Eagles cause? No DeSean Jackson. The Redskins field stretcher will be out on Sunday so the Eagles safeties can inch close to the box in run support, making life tough for Alfred Morris and Matt Jones.

Eagles force at least three turnovers

A team that forces turnovers vs a team that turns the ball over frequently is a recipe for disaster. The Eagles boast a top 10 turnover margin while the Redskins rank 31st. Kirk Cousins has shown a propensity to turn the ball over and in possible rainy, windy conditions the Eagles defense could have a field day.

DeMarco Murray rushes for 100 yards

For the first time as an Eagle DeMarco Murray eclipse 100 yards. The running game got back on track somewhat last week without Murray. against the Jets and I think Chip Kelly further commits to it this week. As mentioned above the weather plays a big factor in that but the Eagles also have to go back to what they do best. When they’re running the ball well their offense clicks and I think we see that Sunday.

Sam Bradford completes two 20+ yard plays

Finally Sam Bradford completes a pass of 20 yards or more! The Eagles passing game has been painfully bad for the most part this year and a big reason for that is the lack of big plays. The Eagles rank 24th in big plays this year with 7 of them coming in the passing game. With the run game producing against Washington Sam Bradford should have plenty of shots deep against a banged up Redskins secondary. I think he connects on at least two which should be a nice confidence boost.

Eagles special teams produces another score

The forgotten 3rd of the game won’t be forgotten this week. Not much has changed on the special teams units for each team. The Eagles still field one of the leagues best while the Redskins are still one of the leagues worst. The Eagles produced a score last week via punt return and I think they score again on special teams again this week. If Josh Huff is healthy he should get opportunities on kickoffs as Darren Sproles continues to line up deep on punt returns. Maybe we see a blocked punt for a score perhaps?

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