NFL Week 4: Eagles vs. Redskins
PHI: 2-1, 1st in NFC East
WAS: 1-2, t2nd in NFC East
Where: Lincoln Financial Field (Philly, PA)
When: Sunday, 4:15 PM on __
Last time met: Nov. 29, 2009 – Donovan McNabb led the Eagles on a fourth-quarter game winning drive as they downed Washington 27-24 in Philadelphia.
Last Week: Eagles beat the Jaguars, 28-3. Washington lost to St. Louis, 30-16.
Best case scenario: The Eagles spoil McNabb’s homecoming, shutting him down completely. Vick outshines his former teammate, throwing for over 300 yards for the first time since 2005 and a pair of touchdowns to DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Trent Cole gets to McNabb twice and Asante Samuel returns an interception for a touchdown.
Worst case scenario: Washington ends Vick’s little streak of good luck. McNabb puts on a show infront of his former fans, throwing for 300 yards and three touchdowns, two to Santana Moss. Clinton Portis rushes for 100 yards and a touchdown. The Skins defense forces Vick to throw his first two interceptions of the year.
Opposing player to watch – QB Donovan McNabb: Could it be any more obvious. The media has hyped up this match-up, centering it around Vick and McNabb. Why not add to the fire. McNabb played 11 years in Philadelphia as the franchise quarterback. After leading the Eagles to five Conference championship games and one Super Bowl, he was traded to Washington for a 2nd-round pick that turned into rookie safety Nate Allen. McNabb is 62-for-102 for 833 yards and two touchdowns. It will be interesting to see what type of reaction McNabb will get in Philly. Will he be cheered or will he get the boo bird special.
Offenses: Vick has turned into one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL again. Three years removed from the good-ole days, Vick is 54-for-79 with 705 yards and six touchdowns while throwing no interceptions. Jackson and Maclin are coming off of a pair of huge games against Jacksonville. Both are favorite targets for Vick, who has bought them a lot of time to get open with his legs. LeSean McCoy is still playing strong for Philly. Brent Celek has yet to have one his big games like last year.
McNabb is the new face of the Skins offense. He’s found a new target in Moss, who has caught 22 bals for 290 yards and one touchdown. McNabb has always utilized the tight end and has a very good one to throw to in Chris Cooley. Cooley has 14 grabs for 197 and a touchdown. Their ground game is very weak. Clinton Portis has 140 yards on 38 carries, an average of 3.7.
Advantage: The Eagles offense is rolling while Washington’s is stalling. Advantage, Birds.
Defenses: The Eagles finally got their best game from this unit last week. They stuffed Maurice Jones-Drew and held Mike Sims-Walker to minimal damage as Jacksonville could only get a field goal against them. Asante Samuel and rookie Nate Allen lead the Birds stingy secondary. A healthy Stew Bradley makes their run-stopping game that much better. He’s also a great coverage line backer and will have his hands full with Chris Cooley this week.
Washington is in shambles defensively. Albert Haynesworth isn’t panning out and they are coming off of back-to-back poor performances against Houston and St. Louis. Honestly, I would be shocked if Vick doesn’t have a field day. Brian Orakpo, who leads the team with two sacks, is their most dynamic player. He could get to Vick a couple times seeing as how bad the Birds offensive line has been this season.
Advantage: Eagles defense is coming off a strong performance and should roll again. Advantage, Birds.
Eagles: Ernie Sims practiced Friday and should be fine. Mike Bell is sick and didn’t practice Friday.
Redskins: Questionable: A. Haynesworth (thumb), D. Hall (back), C. Portis (wrist).
Roose’s Prediction (3-0): Eagles shut down Skins, 24-10.