Saturday, July 4, 2015

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.

Eagles-Redskins II: Predictions, matchups

0 comments

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.

STAFF PREDICTIONS

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

DOMO'S KEY MATCHUPS

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
 

To view the complete Scouting Report, click here.

D-JACK EFFECT

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."  

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Eagletarian is your home for comprehensive coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
Paul Domowitch Daily News NFL Columnist
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter