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2018-12-04
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Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Redskins Prediction & Preview

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The finale to Week 13 of the NFL season sees a rivalry renewed as the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host their NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins, at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles have been installed as 6.5-point favorites for this pivotal divisional matchup. Depending on how things shake out in Thursday night’s clash between the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, there could be a three-way tie atop the NFC East after the final whistle of this contest.
A Quick Review of the Season to Date
Washington Redskins Review
The Redskins (6-5) have a share of the NFC East lead with the Cowboys, whom they lost to 31-23 on Thanksgiving last time out. Colt McCoy‘s first start at quarterback — Alex Smith was lost for the season with a broken leg suffered in Washington’s loss to Houston in Week 11 — since 2014 was a mixed bag as he threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns while also getting picked off three times.
Washington’s defense, though, was repeatedly victimized by big scoring plays as three of Dallas’ four touchdowns covered at least 16 yards. The secondary struggled to contain Amari Cooper, who scored on catch-and-runs of 90 and 40 yards and finished with eight receptions for 180 yards.
The Redskins yielded 404 yards overall as Ezekiel Elliott churned out 121 rushing yards on 26 carries. It was the fourth straight game they allowed at least 100 rushing yards, and Jay Gruden’s team is 2-4 when that happens.
 
Washington has lost three of its last four overall, and one key reason why is the lack of production from Adrian Peterson. While the veteran running back is enjoying a solid season with 758 yards and on his way to his eighth career 1,000-yard season, he has struggled of late.
Since rolling up a season-high 149 yards in a win over the New York Giants on Oct. 28, Peterson has totaled 171 yards on 3.6 yards per carry in his last four games. He has not had a run of 10 or more yards in the last two and was held to 35 on 12 carries by Dallas.
Philadelphia Eagles Review
The talk of a Super Bowl hangover has followed the Eagles (5-6) all season thanks to their inconsistent play, which continued into the first half of their game Sunday against the New York Giants.
With its season on the line, Philadelphia trailed 19-3 late in the second quarter after Saquon Barkley romped 51 yards for a touchdown. Much like the hero of their city, Rocky Balboa, the Eagles got up off the mat and fought back. They pulled out a 25-22 victory on Jake Elliott‘s 43-yard go-ahead field goal with 22 seconds to play after Carson Wentzdirected a 10-play, 50-yard drive.
Wentz completed 20 of 28 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown and was finally helped out by the ground game.Josh Adams — the fourth featured running back the Eagles have used in 2018 — totaled 84 yards on 22 carries and gave Philadelphia a 22-19 lead early in the fourth quarter after scoring from one yard out.
 
The challenge for Philadelphia is to sustain this new-found momentum for the stretch drive. The Eagles have not won back-to-back games all season, but they can improve to 3-1 in games against division rivals with a win in this contest ahead of next weekend’s clash at Dallas.

Washington Redskins Offense vs. Philadelphia Eagles Defense

Running the Ball: Who Has the Edge?
Washington Redskins Rushing Offense
The combination of a patchwork offensive line, new quarterback, and stout run defense worked against the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day at Dallas as they were held to 80 rushing yards. The three turnovers did not help either as Peterson’s 12 carries were his fourth-fewest on the season.
Not having guards Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff cannot be an excuse because they are out the rest of the season. Coach Jay Gruden hinted Peterson may be nursing the shoulder injury he aggravated against Dallas as a reason he was off his game.
“I’m not saying he was poor running the ball, but I don’t think he was quite himself and [he] is quite a dominant player over the course of his career and I think he’d probably agree with that,” Gruden told the Washington Times. “We have to do a better job of trying to get some more holes for him.”
Between being nicked up and the shuffle on the offensive line, it is clear Peterson’s numbers are off pace from the first half of the season. After averaging 4.4 yards per carry in Washington’s first eight games, that number has dropped to 3.3. And the big plays have fallen off more severely — Peterson totaled 18 runs of 10 or more yards, on
The struggles of the run game are a chicken-and-egg argument. The offensive line has to create holes for Peterson to be successful, but he also has to find them when they are there because it is obvious he still has the speed to break off big plays when they are available.
Philadelphia Eagles Rushing Defense
Though there is no shame in letting Saquon Barkley run for 100 yards, but the Eagles have to be concerned the rookie broke off touchdown runs of more than 50 yards in both matchups this season.
 
Philadelphia has allowed at least 121 rushing yards in five of the last six games. Only Jacksonville failed to reach 100 in that span, totaling 70, and it was without Leonard Fournette. Opponents have averaged 6.03 yards per carry in those six games and posted double-digit runs 20 times. Not including the Jaguars, the long run by each team was at least 34 yards.
In some ways, the Eagles players knew they caught a break last weekend in the second half when the Giants inexplicably went away from what was working after rolling up 346 yards in the first half.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins also noted the defense played better after asking coordinator Jim Schwartz to simplify the game plan after the cornerbacks were struggling to deal with New York’s up-tempo offense. That allowed the front four to win the line of scrimmage, which helped turn the game in the Eagles’ favor.
“It put us in a little bit of a bind in terms of communicating,” Jenkins told The Athletic. “It’s loud. So, give us something simple and we’ll put the pressure on our D-line to take over.”
It’s a very simple equation for the Eagles to be successful: The front four have to win the battle at the line of scrimmage because the back four are still in such a state of flux they cannot be counted on to consistently make plays. That means there will likely be a lot of base defense by the Eagles overall, which could leave them open to the play-action.
 
 












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