The Philadelphia Eagles will play the Washington Redskins this week as originally scheduled despite some fear that the game might be cancelled due to the threat of Hurricane Joaquin. The Birds are coming off a season-saving Week 3 win over the New York Jets. Philadelphia's first victory of the season wasn't pretty, but it was a game the Eagles really needed to win and they got the job done. The Eagles might find themselves in a similar situation this week.
Philadelphia and Washington share quite a few similarities right now. They're both 1-2. Their offenses are both built on the run game, though Washington obviously has had much more success on the ground at this point. Both team's defenses are also really good at stopping the run. Quarterbacks on each team are struggling. Key injuries are a factor for both sides.
With that said, it's hard to have a great feel for this game. Add in the fact that the weather could be messy due to rain and wind and this one could get very ugly. Both teams are really desperate for a win here. The Eagles can't afford to drop to 1-3 in the division while being 0-3 in the conference and 0-2 in the division.
The good news for the Eagles is that they should be able to match up against Washington's run game. Philadelphia's defense allows the least yards per rushing attempt in the NFL at 3.1 per carry. The Eagles' defense has played very well this season after the first half of the Eagles vs. Falcons season opener.
The bad news for the Eagles is that their offense is still a major work in a progress. The offensive line took a hit by looking starting right guard Andrew Gardner. Meanwhile, left tackle Jason Peters is questionable to play. The run game showed signs of life in Week 3 but now they have to face a tough Washington front seven. DeMarco Murray is questionable so the Eagles could be seeing a lot of Ryan Mathews again, which might be a good thing.
The Eagles might really need Sam Bradford to step up in this one. Bradford has looked very Badford to this point. He's not even attempting deep passes when there are opportunities available and he's majorly struggling with ball placement. Washington's secondary is banged up and not that good to begin with, so maybe he will be able to exploit their weakness. But it's also up to Philadelphia's pass catchers to actually, you know, catch the ball.
The Eagles definitely can win this game. Now they have to go and do it. The pressure is on Chip Kelly.
Score prediction: 26-23, Eagles win.
Bold prediction: Sam Bradford throws some accurate passes that don't get dropped.
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