It’s time to state the obvious: The margin for error is just about gone for the Redskins. When we had the momentum we didn’t maintain it and as a result the Cowboys are in the catbird seat and the Eagles are breathing down our necks. No more excuses, we have to get the job done this week.
This Monday on Monday Night Football, the Washington Redskins must defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in order to stay tied for 1st place with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. A loss to the 5 and 6 Philadelphia Eagles would drop the Washington Redskins tied with the Eagles at 6 and 6 and put Dallas alone in 1st place with only a few games left to play in the regular season. It also would put the Redskins in a tie for 2nd place with the Eagles. This game is huge!
The Redskins can beat the Eagles if they avoid committing penalties that kill their drives. Also, another key to victory is putting pressure on the Eagles quarterback then entire time the Eagles’ offense is on the field. If Carson Wentz has time, he can use his multiple big tight ends proficiently. Our “Alabama Wall” needs to dominate the line of scrimmage and stop the Eagles running attack, The Eagles will try to establish the run early in the game.
Offensively, Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy will probably have wide receiver Jamison Crowder and 3rd down running back Chris Thompson back in the lineup. Both have not played much this season due to injuries. The Redskins offensive line must protect quarterback McCoy and give him time to go through his progressions. In my opinion, McCoy has had a great week of practice with the starters and will lead the Redskins to victory.
Redskins need to run the ball and stop the Eagles from running the ball. If head coach Jay Gruden will use a fullback and two, maybe 3 tight ends to establish the run, the Redskins can win the time-of-possession battle and keep the Eagles offense on the sidelines. Watch Adrian Peterson have a plus 100 yard day.
With a Redskins victory over the Eagles, the other four games are versus the Giants, Jaguars, Titans, and at home versus the Eagles. The Cowboys have to face the Eagles, Giants, Colts, and Bucs. I can see the Cowboys losing to the red hot Colts and possibly to the Eagles. If the Redskins win their last 5 games, I believe the Redskins will take the NFC East division at 11 and 5, which is what I predicted back in August.
The Washington Redskins don’t always show up on Monday Night Football, but this time they have to. Simply put, sweeping the Eagles is our only option – Redskins win in a squeaker. HTTR.
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