Sunday, January 1, 2012
How you feeling? Redskins-Eagles
By Dan Graziano
As you get ready for Sunday afternoon's season finale between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field, here's one reason for Redskins fans to feel good and one reason for Eagles fans to feel good.
Redskins feeling good: They should be able to run on the Eagles, who have yet to fully correct their early-season issues in the linebacking corps and have struggled to get help in the run game from the safety position as well. We'll see if rookie Jaiquawn Jarrett, who's known as a hard hitter, can make a difference at the second level as he gets the start due to injuries to regular starters. But the Redskins have been running the ball well lately no matter which rookie running back -- Roy Helu or Evan Royster -- is getting the carries, and they'll have a chance to run their offense the way they want to run it and control the game a little bit today.
Eagles feeling good: Having won three in a row, the Eagles are playing as well as they have at any point this year. They crushed the Redskins in Washington in Week 6, dealing the Skins several of the injuries that would sink their season. They surely have a psychological edge in this head-to-head matchup. They also pressure the passer extremely well and should be able to rattle Washington quarterback Rex Grossman into mistakes. Grossman leads the league with 19 interceptions, four of which came in that Week 6 loss to the Eagles that earned him a three-game benching in favor of John Beck.