Matchup: Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) vs. Washington Redskins (1-2)
Kick Off: Sunday, October 4, 1PM EST
Location: FedEx Field
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Odds: Eagles (-3)
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Last Week: The Redskins lost to the Giants 32-21 on Thursday. The Eagles earned their first win, 24-17, over the Jets.
Matchup History: Washington has the slight edge in the all-time series with the Eagles with an 82-73-5 record. The last time they met, in 2014, the Skins took it in a 27-24 win at home.
Rankings (Yards Gained/Allowed):
- Washington – Offense (13th), Defense (2nd)
- Philadelphia – Offense (31st), Defense (16th)
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Philadelphia’s’ Strength: It’s indeed strange to say, but Philly has little to distinguish themselves in any category this year. The one upside to a tough year: the Eagles have a fantastic run defense, which has allowed only 3.1 yards per carry. Lead by Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan, the defensive front is one of the most versatile and mobile in all of football. Alfred Morris and Matt Jones will have a chance to prove who is the better runner against a defense which won’t give any free-rides.
Philadelphia’s Weakness: Chip Kelly, once known as an “offensive genius,” has lead an offense that has looked so predictable that opposing teams have calling out their plays pre-snap.. Sam Bradford has been a flop, the run game has been off and on, but the former rushing champion, DeMarco Murray, has had little to do with any of the success that it has had. This week, the Eagles will try to get back to their roots, fast-paced drives with no fear of attempting to make big plays. While it would be foolish of Washington to be overconfident against a team with such potential, their top-tier defense should stop Philadelphia like every other has to this point.
Fantasy Focus: While Eagles players are typically overvalued at this point, many of the Redskins involved in the passing game make excellent start-candidates for week four. Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, and Jordan Reed should all have big days in what could quickly become a speedy and high scoring event.
Prediction: The Redskins should walk away with the win here unless Philadelphia finds its passing game or the uncertain weather forecast turns wild an wet. Look for Washington's front seven to overwhelm Bradford and easily handle the infamous Chip Kelly inside zone run. Final score: 28-24, Washington.