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Who's picking the Eagles?

Here's a roundup of who's picking the Eagles in their Week 4 matchup against the Redskins.

Who's picking the Eagles?

Here's the weekly roundup on who people are picking in today's Eagles-Redskins matchup.

SI.com's Peter King likes the Eagles, 33-20:

Nice day for Donovan McNabb; I feel a loud cheer coming when he makes his way onto the Linc field Sunday. Better day for Michael Vick, who will whisper in McNabb's ear after the game: "I owe you so much for helping me get here.''

Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com predicts a 28-23 Eagles victory:

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On draft night last April, I saw a guy wearing an old, ratty Heath Shuler No. 5 Redskins jersey with a giant piece of masking tape over “Shuler” and “McNabb” scribbled on the tape in marker. Five months later, I saw a guy wearing an Eagles No. 7 Jeff Garcia jersey with “Vick” written on masking tape over "Garcia." What’s this all mean? That today’s NFL fan is a fiscally wise one. So, how do I explain the record amount of Tim Tebow No. 15 jerseys being sold in Denver? I can’t. But I promise you there are more Brandon Marshall jerseys with masking tape on the backs of them than ever before. As for this game? McNabb returns to Philly, the Eagles win and Michael Vick has another national TV talking head do a “Hey, maybe America is ready to forgive” piece this week. Moving right along …

ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio goes with the Birds, 27-14:

Last year, Brett Favre returned to Lambeau Field at stuck it to the Packers. But Favre had a solid team around him in Minnesota; Donovan McNabb doesn't. So even if McNabb plays extremely well (and he likely will), he'll spend much of his time on the sidelines watching the weapons that the Eagles finally assembled rolling over a punchless defense that gave up 30 points to the Rams.

Gregg Rosenthal of ProFootballTalk.com likes the Eagles, 28-24:

Mike Shanahan is right. This game is why guys like Donovan McNabb play football, why Shanahan coaches football, why we are all so hopelessly addicted to football. It earns the overhype. I'd love to see McNabb stick it to Philadelphia just for drama and comedy's sake. Unfortunately, he's not playing with a stacked deck. McNabb could outplay Michael Vick. But the Redskins' confused defense, bankrupt wideouts, and uneven roster will blow it. Same old Redskins.

All five CBSSports.com experts like the Birds to win, but only two think they will cover the 6.5-point spread.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com predicts a 29-20 Eagles victory:

The return of Donovan McNabb to Philly will be overshadowed by the emergence of Mike Vick at quarterback for the Eagles. He has been sensational, registering a passer rating over 100 in each of his first three games. The Redskins are playing a second consecutive road game. And the defense has struggled the past two weeks. Even so, I think McNabb will find a way to keep it close, outplaying Vick.

All four experts on ESPN's Sunday Countdown pick the Eagles.

All eight ESPN.com experts go with the Eagles.

ESPN.com's Bill Simmons likes the Eagles to cover a 5.5-point spread.

The Eagles are now 5.5-point favorites, according to sportsbook.com. Per the Web site, 58 percent of the action is on the Birds to cover. The over/under is 43.

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call today's game on Fox. Those in the Philadelphia area will also get Steelers-Ravens and Saints-Panthers at 1 p.m. To find out what games are on in your area, check out this viewing map.


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