The Redskins were enjoying their scheduled bye during Week Ten. Their last game was a Week Nine 21-13 home loss to the Carolina Panthers. Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for a pedestrian 215 yards and no touchdowns. While Washington’s offense played turnover free football, the unit was still inefficient, considering that they did not score a touchdown until late in the contest. By that time, it was too late to mount a comeback, and the game was lost.
The Eagles are coming off a 38-23 Week Ten home loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Quarterback Michael Vick was knocked out to the game with a concussion, and did not return. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles finished the game in relief, throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. While Vick has not yet been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game, Foles will most likely get his first career NFL start against Washington.
On offense, Washington needs to focus on play action passes. The Redskins rank second in the NFL in rushing yardage, mainly in part because of the efficient running of Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris. Play action passes will help Washington’s intermediate passing game against a Philadelphia defense that ranks 12th in the NFL in passing defense.
Redskins’ wide receiver Pierre Garcon might return for this game. He has missed most of the 2012 season with a torn ligament in the second toe of his right foot. If he returns, it would give a significant boost to Washington’s offense.
Philadelphia may be without Vick at quarterback, but they still have tremendous firepower on offense. Running back LeSean McCoy anchors the rushing attack, and has the speed to go the distance every time he touches the ball. Wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Maclin are proven big play receivers. Washington’s secondary should be well familiar with Jackson, as he burned them for a long touchdown pass on the very first play from scrimmage during a game in 2010. The Redskins currently rank 30th in pass defense, so that bodes well for Jackson, Maclin, and whoever’s playing quarterback for Week Eleven.
Prediction: Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid is in a desperate situation. His team’s record is 3-6, and he needs a deep playoff run to retain his position as head coach of the Eagles Despite the recent struggles of the Eagles’ offensive line, Washington’s defense hasn’t proven it is capable of an effective pass rush. Philadelphia cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive end Trent Cole, and linebacker DeMeco Ryans are capable of containing Griffin III and the Redskins’ offense. Philadelphia will earn a much needed victory over the Washington Redskins.
Final score: Eagles 28, Redskins 17.