Eagles-Redskins II: Predictions, matchups

The Eagles host the Washington Redskins on Sunday, attempting to complete their first sweep of the season series since 2006.

Les Bowen will have all the action here on Eagletarian from the Linc, but we get the day started with staff predictions and key matchups.


Ed Barkowitz:  Eagles, 6-5

Les Bowen: Eagles, 16-12

Bill Conlin: Eagles, 27-17

Paul Domowitch: Eagles, 23-9

Marcus Hayes: Eagles, 28-20

Mike Kern: Eagles, 23-17

Vegas Vic: Eagles, 21-15


1. Eagles RDE Trent Cole vs. Redskins LT Levi Jones: Cole has a team-high 8 1/2 sacks. He had two in first Redskins game, but Jones didn't play. Jones is an 8-year veteran, but will have trouble dealing with Cole's motor. Advantage: Eagles

2. Eagles MLBs Jeremiah Trotter and Joe Mays vs. Redskins RB Rock Cartwright: Eagles have allowed 5.1 yards per carry the last 2 weeks. Cartwright isn't Clinton Portis or Ladell Betts, but he can do some damage if Trotter and Mays don't stay in their gaps. Advantage: Even

3. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson vs. Redskins CB Fred Smoot: If injured DeAngelo Hall can't play, the task of covering Jackson will fall primarily to Smoot. Advantage: Eagles

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Containing DeSean Jackson will be a big focus for the Redskins, especially after he burned them for a pair of long touchdowns in the first meeting. Washington special teams coordinator Danny Smith talked this week about directional punting to keep Jackson from working in the middle of the field on punt returns. Of course, limiting him in the offense will be important, too. 

"You don't want a guy like that to get going at all," the Redskins' Lorenzo Alexander said. "All receivers and DBs kind of strive off success. Then they start feeling themselves, get cocky, and he's that type of guy. You let him get one play, he's going to start talking, start feeling good about himself, and he'll go from there."