Friday, December 19, 2014

Eagles-Redskins: Predictions and key matchups

Here are the weekly predictions from the Daily News staff on today's Eagles-Redskins game (1 p.m., Fox):

Eagles-Redskins: Predictions and key matchups

Jamar Chaney returns an interception against the Bills during the second quarter. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Jamar Chaney returns an interception against the Bills during the second quarter. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Here are the weekly predictions from the Daily News staff on today's Eagles-Redskins game (1 p.m., Fox):

Les Bowen

I'm taking the Eagles. Not sure why. The Redskins have a strong defense, the Eagles don't. The Redskins are at home, eager to avenge that historic, 59-28, Monday-night thumping a year ago. Lots of reasons here to like the Redskins. But I really believe the Eagles' offense is good enough to outscore anybody, to put points on the board against any defense, if it takes care of the ball. Will that ever happen? It has to, eventually. Doesn't it? Also, the Eagles have never lost five games in a row under Andy Reid.

Prediction: Eagles 27-24.

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Vegas Vic

From the "Dream Team" to the "Nightmare on Pattison Avenue." What a total and utter shock. All the talent that Andy Reid and Howie Roseman brought in has yet to show in the standings. It's not as if the Birds are slacking off; it's the turnovers that are killing 'em. Fifteen, three more than anyone else in the NFL. Certainly one of the most important stats in football. With 15 giveaways, and five takeaways, the Eagles have a minus-10 differential. Yeah, that's the bottom of the barrel. But there is a sliver of hope. Let me take you back a year to the game at FedEx Field and lay out some eye-popping numbers. Michael Vick had a historic day against Washington in the 59-28 beatdown. He passed for 333 yards, rushed for 80, threw four TDs, and ran for two scores. No one has ever done that in league history. And there were no turnovers, none, nada. Eagles bounce back.

Prediction: Eagles 27-22

Other selections

Ed Barkowitz: Eagles, 24-20

Bill Conlin: Redskins, 30-21

Paul Domowitch: Eagles, 24-21

Marcus Hayes: Eagles, 24-21

John Smallwood: Eagles, 21-17

KEY MATCHUPS

1. Eagles OTs King Dunlap and Todd Herremans vs. Redskins OLBs Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan: Herremans should be able to handle rookie Kerrigan, but Dunlap is going to be overmatched vs. Orakpo on the other side. Advantage: Redskins

2. Eagles MLB Jamar Chaney vs. Redskins RBs Ryan Torain and Tim Hightower: Chaney's difficulty in getting off blocks has been a real problem for the Eagles as far as stopping the run. Advantage: Redskins

3. Eagles WRs Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson vs. Redskins CBs DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson: Maclin has 31 catches in the last four games. Jackson is averaging nearly 20 yards per catch. Hall was added to the injury report Friday with a knee injury and is listed as questoinable. Advantage: Eagles

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