Eagles vs Redskins: Inactives, Keys to the Game and Pick
against the Eagles, including a Week 16 win against Philadelphia last
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The Eagles finally got the running game off-the-ground last week against the Jets, but will face a stiff test on the ground this week vs. a Redskins run defense that has held each of their first three opponents to fewer than 85 rushing yards.
The Eagles have captured victories in six of their last nine visits to FedExField and since 2013, each game in the series has been decided by eight points or fewer, including two three-point contests in 2014. The Eagles have won three of four games against Washington under Head Coach Chip Kelly.
The Eagles have faced off against Washington 162 times -- the second most frequent opponent in team history with Philadelphia trailing the all-time series, 74-82-6.
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In Washington, the Eagles trail in the series, 36-42-3 and are 1-1 in the Nation's capital under Chip Kelly. who registered his first ever NFL victory at this venue.
The Eagles listed LB Kiko Alonso (knee), DE Taylor Hart (shoulder) and DE Cedric Thornton (hand) out for the game while LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), S Chris Maragos (quadricep), RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring), T Jason Peters (quadricep) are all questionable. TE Trey Burton (shoulder), WR Riley Cooper (knee), WR Josh Huff (hamstring) are all expected to play on Sunday.
Some big names on the Redskins injury front, former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson and linebacker Perry Riley are listed as out for is out for Sunday against the Eagles. Guard Josh LeRibeus (calf) and defensive tackle Kedric Golston (hand) and starting corner Chris Culliver are all questionable for the game.
Sal Pal’s Keys to the Game:
Eagles’ inactives: QB Thad Lewis, S Chris Maragos, LB Kiko Alonso, OL Julian Vandervelde, DE Cedric Thornton, LB Marcus Smith, DE T. Hart
Redskins’ inactives: QB Robert Griffin III, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Andre Roberts, CB DeAngelo Hall, LB Perry Riley, Jr., DL Kedric Golston and OL Tom Compton.
Outside View: Kevin Sheehan, 980 ESPN Washington
Redskin to Watch: Helping the Redskins’ cause offensively is tight end Jordan Reed, whose 19 receptions this season are the most by a Redskins tight end through three games in team history.
The Eagles find a Redskins team that is a little banged up in the secondary and it could lead Sam Bradford to his best game as an Eagle after a rocky start to his birds career. With DeAngelo Hall out and possibly Chris Culliver, the Redskins should be vulnerable in the secondary, but can Bradford and company exploit them?
"They didn't look very good last week, their secodary is not very good. Most of their cornerbacks are subpar," ESPN.com NFL insider KC Joyner said on the Sports Bash.
To fully take advantage of the Redskins banged up secondary, Bradford will have to improve in the vertical game. According to ESPN.com NFL insider KC Joyner on the Sports Bash, Bradford ranks last in the league in most vertical statictical categories - something that Joyner says was a strength of his in the past.
One guy who could have a big game is rookie Nelson Agholor, who has been getting plenty of playing time, but not a lot of action - this could be the week that changes. Agholor has reeled in just four of his 12 targets this year—but the fact that he's still getting fairly regular snaps (83%) has to be taken as a good sign that the Eagles like him.
The Eagles run game got going last week, but could be in for a tough day if left tackle Jason Peters can't go, he's listed as questionable on the injury report with quadriceps injury. If he can't go, starting right guard Matt Tobin would be shifted out to left tackle and Dennis Kelly would most likely pay right guard, which would affect the ground game that is expected to get DeMarco Murray back this week. As Joyner pointed out on the Sports Bash, "You can run the ball on them, this should be a game that Philadelphia ought to be able to run the ball."
"This is the kind of matchup that should be highly favorable, at least on paper for the Eagles offense."
The Pick: Eagles 33, Redskins 17
John McMullen's take: