The Eagles aren’t going to go 15-1, and they can lose this week against a Washington team that is better offensively than the team they defeated in the opener. But I’m not picking that. I am picking the Redskins to cover.
I think the Eagles are at the point where if the line protects Carson Wentz, and they don’t turn the ball over more than the other team, they win, week in and week out. Losing first-round rookie Jonathan Allen really hurts the Washington pass rush. He wasn’t racking up sacks, but he was getting good push up the middle.
Prediction: Eagles 24, Redskins 20
The Redskins have played solid football since falling to the Eagles in the opener, losing only once to the Chiefs. Their most impressive win came at home — a 27-10 roasting of the Raiders. Kirk Cousins was magnificent in that game, completing 25 of 30 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Chris Thompson has been the quarterback’s top target and Washington’s playmaker, with 74- and 49-yard catches over the last three games. Thompson gave the Eagles some fits in their first meeting, and despite how well Jim Schwartz’s linebackers have played, the tailback will be tough to handle out of the backfield. Right tackle Lane Johnson is back from a concussion, but he has historically struggled against edge rusher Ryan Kerrigan. Cornerback Josh Norman is out, but his replacement, Quinton Dunbar, has played well. I also don’t expect the Redskins’ offensive line — typically a strong unit — to play as poorly as it did in Week 1. It’s difficult to beat a divisional opponent twice in the same season, particularly when the games are only seven weeks apart. It’ll be another close affair.
Prediction: Redskins 24, Eagles 23.
Yeah, yeah, I know. On any given Sunday. Or Monday.
But you can put this one in the win column for the Eagles right now. The Redskins have suffered some devastating injuries. Defensive end Jonathan Allen is out for the year with a LisFranc injury.
Their best corner, Josh Norman, is out with broken ribs,and their second best corner, Baushad Breeland, has an MCL injury that will, at the very least, limit his effectiveness.
Carson Wentz is third in the league in touchdown percentage and has just one interception in the last four games. The Eagles are rested and confident and playing at home.
Should win this one with no trouble.
Prediction: Eagles 37, Redskins 27
The Eagles come into this game with a better record, more rest, and healthier than Washington. They’re also playing at home, where they’re 8-2 under Doug Pederson. This all works in the Eagles’ favor. Washington has played the Eagles tough in recent years, but this is a different Redskins team. It also appears to be a much different Eagles team. I see the Eagles relying on Carson Wentz’s arm in a pass-heavy attack. Expect everyone involved, with another big game from Zach Ertz. This isn’t the week to try to find a balanced offense. They should take advantage of an injured secondary. On defense, the Eagles must focus on stopping Chris Thompson out of the backfield. Malcolm Jenkins will give Jordan Reed a tough matchup. And if the Eagles can again win at the line of scrimmage like they did in Week 1, they’ll be 6-1 come Tuesday morning.
Prediction: Eagles 27, Redskins 21