The Eagles head to FedEx Field to take on the I-95 rival Washington Redskins in their first game this season. Fans are excited to see the revamped offense led by second-year Quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles have lost the last 5 games to Washington. Can the Eagles end the streak Sunday? Here is the crew’s predictions for the game.
It’s always tough predicting the first game of the season. When looking at this tough divisional matchup to start 2017, health catches my eye. The Eagles travel down to Washington fully healthy while the Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson is ailing a hamstring injury and star safety Su’a Cravens is contemplating retirement. Lane Johnson had some choice words in his Player’s Tribune for the Week 1 opponent after missing both meetings last season due to a 10-game suspension in which he saw the offensive line get taken advantage of.
There is a lot to prove this year with a second-year Quarterback who looks promising and a Head Coach in Doug Pederson ready to “right” some of his rookie “wrongs”. In order for this team to make it back to the playoffs for the first time in four years, a quick start must happen. Sunday will be a tough matchup. Expect the Eagles to come out firing the ball early in route to a victory.
Final Prediction: Eagles 30, Redskins 24
This Sunday presents a great opportunity for the Eagles to prove to the country, they are a new team. The Reskins have beaten the Eagles in 5 straight, and look to continue the trend. The big match-up everyone is looking at is new wide receiver Alshon Jeffery vs veteran corner Josh Norman, but I believe this game will be won in the trenches.
The Redskins beat the Eagles last year by creating pressure. With Lane Johnson back and a new look defensive line for the Eagles, I think the Birds dominate up front. Kirk Cousins is a very good quarterback, but the loss of Garçon and Jackson will put a nick in his armor. Additionally, the loss of offensive coordinator Sean McVay will hurt Washington early in the season. Wentz puts on a show with his new weapons, and Legarette Blount closes the game out late with some big first downs.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Redskins 20
Week 1 is always the toughest to predict. Anything can happen and gamelans are still yet to be settled. Although both teams have plenty of new faces and moving parts, I believe the Eagles will have more issues getting it all going in the right direction. I do not foresee any of the running backs getting much going on the ground despite facing one of the top-10 worst rush defenses in football last year. A situation similar to last season could arise where Doug Pederson abandons the run game early and makes Wentz throw the ball over forty times.
The run defense for the Eagles seemed alarming after week three of the pre-season where they got torched by Jay Ajayi. Rob Kelly is a big bruising back that has potential to tire down the Eagles defense. I see the Redskins pounding the ball early, often, and successfully. This should allow Kirk Cousins the opportunity to have an efficient game passing the football with Jordan Reed heavily involved. I see the Eagles going down in the game early on and keeping it competitive but never gaining much momentum or taking a lead. The Redskins will win their sixth straight game against the Eagles with a final score of 24-14.
I see the Eagles going down in the game early on and keeping it competitive but never gaining much momentum or taking a lead. The Redskins will win their sixth straight game against the Eagles.
Final Prediction: Eagles 14, Redskins 24
The week 1 matchup between the Eagles and Redskins will be an interesting one. For the Philadelphia Eagles, it sets the tone for the season and a win is crucial. That being said, no Su’a Cravens for the Redskins, along with a shaky defense makes me believe the birds pull this one out. In order to do so, they must utilize the run game more than normal. If they do strike a balance in the play calling, I have a big win for the Eagles.
Final Prediction: Eagles 28, Redskins 13
The Eagles head into Sunday’s game sporting a new look offense with their additions of Alshon Jeffrey, Torrey Smith, and LeGarrette Blount. Carson Wentz will need his new weapons to show their worth and get into the flow early on the road. If the Eagles are able to win the turnover battle, they should be able to pull out a late victory.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Redskins 17
The game today against Washington will be a sloppy one filled with several turnovers as both re-tooled offenses adjust in 2017. The Eagles defense will look strong and keep them in the game while the offense continues to look for a go-to scoring option. I expect this to be a low-scoring contest instead of a game where Kirk Cousins solves the Eagles early. This is going to be one of those games where the Eagles have a chance to climb back into the driver’s seat until the Redskins score late. As a result, Washington continues their six-game winning streak over the birds.
Final Prediction: Eagles 10, Redskins 17