Sunday, November 29, 2009
The Beast Prediction: Eagles escape with a win
By Dan Graziano
Everything points toward the Eagles taking care of business at home against the Redskins, but I don't think it will be easy. All eight of our esteemed NFL experts picked the Eagles to win.
I've struggled with this one because I still don't trust Philly. And I just watched the Redskins outplay the division-leading Cowboys. Even without Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall, the Skins have a pretty formidable defense. I think they'll force Donovan McNabb to settle for short passes and do everything possible to limit DeSean Jackson's opportunities downfield.
The Redskins have nothing to play for but pride, but so far, that's been enough. Quarterback Jason Campbell had an excellent game in his team's 7-6 loss to the Cowboys. Seriously. He's capable of making the Eagles pay if they try to blitz him too much. The Redskins' offensive line is in shambles, but left tackle Levi Jones has given it a little more stability. I don't think Trent Cole's about to roll out a three-sack game against Jones.
Here's my pick: Eagles 21, Redskins 13. As much as I like the way Campbell's playing, I still think he's going to take too many shots in this game. He doesn't have any playmakers around him these days, although Devin Thomas has shown signs of being the deep-threat that he was in college. If the Redskins can block it up, I think they'll have one or two chances to hit Santana Moss on a deep route. He's been far too quiet this season and Jim Zorn needs to do more to get him the ball.
Actually, I guess that's Sherm Lewis' job. I think this will be a close game into the fourth quarter -- unless McNabb hits Jackson with one of those 60-yard touchdown passes early in the game. And that could definitely happen.