by Inside the Redzone staff – JF
Philadelphia Eagles (1-4) at Washington Redskins (3-1)
Gametime: 1:00 PM Eastern Sunday
Where to start with the Eagles. Michael Vick didn’t look like the Michael Vick of last year until late in the second half. For the multi-dimensional QB to be effective he needs to be able to run when ever he wants and get him outside the pocket. You might think Vick is the best offensive weapon the Eagles have but it’s LeSean McCoy. McCoy can do it all and they need to rely on him more. Get the defense to key on him and the downfield will open up for Vick, DeSean Jackson, and Maclin. The Redskins have the 6th best overall defense and have given up only 84 yards on the ground. The Eagles are desperate to get back on track and this is the game the offense comes alive. Vick goes for 250 yards passing and another 70 yards rushing. Here’s the “Vick’s a must start” – he’ll get 4 touchdowns (1 to LeSean McCoy, Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and he will run one in as well). Look for McCoy to get 90 yards rushing and 70 yards receiving along with 2 total touchdowns.
The Redskins are coming off a bye and are facing a struggling Eagles Defense. Look for Shanahan to continue to exploit the Eagles poor rushing defense (Eagles are giving up 140 rushing yards a game ranked 30th against the run). The biggest question is which ‘Skins running back will be getting the majority of the carries? Will Hightower be healthy enough to play or will Shanahan go with the hot hand in Torain? Either way this will be a game time decision on who will be the starting running back but I would play the starter. We’re leaning towards Torain getting the call. For the passing game look for Rex Grossman to get some yards with the cornerbacks having to help more with the running game causing the pass defense to be off balance. Rex Grossman goes for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns (1 Fred Davis, 1 Santana Moss). As a backfield, th Redskins will have a total of 165 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on the ground.