Philadelphia Eagles versus Washington Redskins game day is here. The Birds must absolutely win this game to stay alive in the 2016 NFL playoff picture. If the Eagles don't win, Washington will clinch the NFC East. It's do-or-die.
The Eagles are coming off a blowout loss to the Cardinals. Philadelphia was totally outclassed at home by Arizona. The Eagles offense committed too many turnovers. The defense couldn't cover or tackle. Fortunately for Philadelphia, Washington isn't as good of a team as the Cardinals. With that said, they've managed to win their last two games. One win even came on the road, where Washington is 2-12 in their last 14 matches.
Washington's offense is led by Kirk Cousins. The 27-year-old quarterback is playing well this season. Cousins has thrown for 22 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. He leads the NFL in completion percentage at 69.7% and ranks 11th in yards per attempt with 7.5. His 97.2 passer rating ranks ninth among NFL quarterbacks. Cousins always seems to bring his A-game against Philadelphia. The Eagles secondary will likely be without starting Byron Maxwell, so Cousins could be primed for a big day if Philadelphia's pass rush isn't able to generate pressure. The likes of Jaylen Watkins and/or E.J. Biggers are candidates to get roasted by DeSean Jackson. The former Eagles receiver is always happy to bring misery to old team.
Sam Bradford has played relatively well in recent weeks. He's still very, very far from perfect, but he's shown some encouraging signs. But "good enough" will likely not be good enough this time. This is essentially a playoff game and Bradford needs to step up big when it counts most. This is a huge test for the quarterback whom Chip Kelly seemingly has interest in keeping beyond this year. Washington's defense is vulnerable. They rank No. 23 overall by Football Outsiders. They allow the fourth most yards per play in the NFL. Bradford threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns the last time these two teams met. He'll need to have another big day in this spot.
It's hard to feel confident in this Eagles team. They've looked so bad at times this season. Then again, it's really hard to know what to expect either way from this squad. No one saw them beating the Patriots. They're just inconsistent, which could be to their benefit. I feel better about Washington in this one because they've been playing good football recently. But really, who knows?
Score prediction: 28-21, Eagles lose.
Bold prediction: DeSean Jackson scores four touchdowns.
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