Redskins vs. Eagles NFL Week 16 Preview

By Greg Bradshaw
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins look to extend their current winning streak to six games when they travel to Lincoln Financial Field to face the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday, December 23rd at 1pm.

Washington is coming off probably their best game of the season, a 38-21 Week 15 road victory over the Cleveland Browns. Multidimensional Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III was not cleared to play in the game due to the knee injury he sustained Week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens. Considering that fact, it looked like Washington would struggle with rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins making his first NFL start.

However, that was not the case. After a slow start, Cousins threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. Washington’s much maligned defense played pretty well against a scrappy Browns’ team that had won three straight games coming into their Week 15 matchup with the Redskins.

Philadelphia had 10 days off following their 34-13 Week 15 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on December 13th. The game featured an embarrassing five turnovers committed by the Eagles during the nationally televised game. It’s not the type of effort that Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid wanted his team to show the world. Speaking of showing something, with a 4-10 record in 2012, Reid will most likely be shown the way out of Philadelphia with his impending release.

The Redskins are playing their best football of the season. Barring a major setback, it appears that Griffin III will return to the field for Washington. There are a miniscule number of Redskins’ fans that hope the man known as “RG3” doesn’t ruin the flow of the Washington offense when he returns. My advice for those fans: try decaf. The Redskins’ offense will be fine when Griffin III returns.

As for the Eagles, there is a bit of good news: speedy running back LeSean McCoy will make his return for Philadelphia. He missed the last four games with a concussion sustained in Philadelphia’s first meeting with Washington Week 11. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles will start his sixth consecutive game for the Eagles in place of regular starter Michael Vick, who sustained a concussion Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Prediction: Washington gets their sensational rookie signal caller back in this pivotal game. The Redskins are looking to solidify their hold on first place in the NFC East. However, they can’t look past an Eagles’ team not used to playing the spoiler role. It will be a tough game, but will Griffin III back under center for Washington, all signs point to a Redskins’ victory.

Final score: Redskins 28, Eagles 17.

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