Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pre-game at Linc; who's picking the Eagles?

We are live at the Linc for Eagles-Redskins, and the live chat will get going at 1.

Pre-game at Linc; who's picking the Eagles?

We are live at the Linc for Eagles-Redskins, and the live chat will get going at 1.

Above are some photos of the pre-game tailgating scene outside. Perfect day for that. Sunny and in the 50s.

It looks like Albert Haynesworth will be inactive, according to Jason La Canfora of nfl.com. We'll get the full list of inactives momentarily.

Haynesworth did not play last week, and the Cowboys had success running the ball in their 7-6 win. They piled up 153 yards on the ground and averaged 4.6 yards per carry. LeSean McCoy should be able to do some damage on the ground, but will have to hold on to the football. Marion Barber turned it over early last week with Dallas driving in Washington territory.

We didn't get to do the picks roundup earlier this week, so let's take a quick look at some predictions:

Paul Domowitch of the Daily News has the Eagles, 23-9.

Les Bowen's got the Eagles in a 16-12 win.

SI.com's Peter King goes with the Birds, 30-16:

Welcome to the DeSean and LeSean Show. Jackson and McCoy account for 21 points at the Linc, and fans get off Andy Reid's back for one Sunday.

Accuscore gives the Birds a 26.4 to 16.5 victory.

Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com goes with the Eagles, 30-17:

Jason Campbell is 2-0 all-time as a starter in Philadelphia and tossed for 256 yards last week in Dallas. This is a different Eagles team from years past, though. And it's certainly a different Redskins team. Look for big numbers out of the Eagles' four kids — DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, and LeSean McCoy.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com gives the Eagles a 23-20 victory:

The Eagles are home after back-to-back road games, while the Redskins are playing a second straight road game. That's tough, especially when both are division games. But the Redskins played good defense at Dallas last week, and that will carry over here. The Eagles win, but not by a lot.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post has the Eagles, 27-10:

The ‘Skins will have a tough time heading into Philly with the lack of depth they have at the running back position. Look for the Eagles to bring pressure on defense and show QB Jason Campbell multiple looks leading to some turnovers and easy scoring opportunities. I liked what Greg Bache’s defense did last week in Washington’s 7-6 loss to Dallas, but playing against Philly’s playmakers will be another story on Sunday. I am taking the Birds, as McNabb has a big day in the vertical passing game.

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