Are the Eagles, owners of the league’s best record at 5-1, for real?
October 21, 2017 8:20 AM
by Bob Christ
There are several key head-to-head battles between division rivals to spice the Week 7 schedule, with the Eagles’ game at home against the Redskins the topper. Are the Eagles, owners of the league’s best record at 5-1, for real?
Washington Redskins (3-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-1)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Line: Eagles by 5 (49)
Facts: The Eagles, the front-runners for the top seed in the NFC, got off to their fast start with a 30-17 win over the Redskins in Week 1... Washington’s starting cornerbacks are questionable: Josh Norman (ribs) and Bashaud Breeland (knee)... Philadelphia, which begins a three-game homestand after playing four of its first six on the road, is coming off an extended break after winning at Carolina 28-23 last Thursday despite having 125 more penalty yards than the Panthers... QBs twice have been the team’s leading rusher against the Eagles this year, including Cousins in the opener... Hmm: Teams are 5-0 in games after facing Philadelphia, which is good news for Carolina.
Analysis: The Eagles have been particularly stingy with their rush defense, holding Carolina RBs to 1 yard last week and the Cardinals to 31 yards on 14 rushes the week before. And with Washington’s top-flight OLT Trent Williams likely to sit out again (knee), Fletcher Cox and Co. should have a nice advantage. On the other side, these aren’t last year’s Eagles, whose receivers couldn’t break away from coverage. With Philadelphia fans in a frenzy over QB Carson Wentz and the team’s best-in-the-league start, it’s going to be tough for the Redskins to communicate, as if they needed any more hardships.
Forecast: Eagles 35, Redskins 19