NFL 2017 Week 7: Washington Redskins vs Philadelphia Eagles preview and prediction

Redskins look to make a statement as they take on a red-hot, first place, Eagles team

The Eagles are coming off of a mini-bye week after beating the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football, 29-23. QB Carson Wentz threw for three TDs, two to TE Zach Ertz, and the Eagles defense was able to turn Panthers QB Cam Newton over three times in this victory. The Eagles moved to 5-1 and will look to continue their hot play this Monday against the Washington Redskins.

Washington were able to survive at home against a stingy San Francisco 49ers team, 26-24. QB Kirk Cousins threw for 330 yards and two TDs, while also running for a score late in the 4th to help seal the win. The Redskins have a huge NFC East matchup on Monday night against an Eagles team that beat them Week 1, 30-17. 

No Josh Norman…. Again

The Redskins will be without their All-Pro CB again this week as he is dealing with a pretty significant rib injury. Even though the Redskins survived their last week without him, they will be facing a tougher test through the air facing the Eagles. Wentz average completion is going for 7.75 yards, which is 3rd in the NFL. This offense has big play potential with WRs Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and Torrey Smith, and the loss of Norman could be magnified in this one. Norman is the heart and soul of this defense and he brings so much more than his actual play on the field to this defensive unit.

QB play

Arguably two of most in-form QBs in the NFL will face off Monday night. Eagles QB Carson Wentz has established himself as an early season MVP candidate, leading the Eagles to a 5-1 record. Wentz has been impressive throwing for 13 TDs and only three INTs, while accumulating a 99.6 passer rating. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has also gotten off to a fine start, leading the Redskins to a 3-2 record while ranking top ten in passer rating and completion percentage. He carries a 4.5-1 TD to INT ratio through the first six weeks and will have an opportunity to prove his worth, once again, on Monday night.

Eagles run defense

The Eagles boast the league’s best run defense, allowing only 65.7 yards per game to opposing rushing attacks, while Washington ranks 10th in rushing yards per game. This will be a battle of strengths and I would look for the Eagles defensive front, led by DTs Fletcher Cox and Timmy Jernigan, to put a stop this Redskins rushing prowess Monday night. Washington is hopeful that a healthy Rob Kelly, with his physicality, can be the key to solving this top ranked run defense.

RB LeGarrette Blount, PHI vs LB Zach Brown, WAS

RB LeGarrette Blount has really come on strong for this Eagles offense over the last few weeks, and he is averaging an impressive 5.6 yards per carry. Blount has helped establish an efficient rushing attack that has opened up the passing game for QB Carson Wentz, which is triggered by the opposing  defenses having no choice but to respect Blount’s bruising nature. Redskins LB Zach Brown, who is 4th in the NFL in tackles with 50, will tasked with putting a halt to Blount and the ground game. Brown has been an awesome addition to this Washington defense with his range, speed, and tackling ability. 

Fantasy Football Tip- WR Alshon Jeffery, PHI

With no Josh Norman, and possibly no Bashaud Breeland, look for Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery to have an impactful night on Monday. Jeffery hasn’t gotten off to the best statistical start in an Eagles uniform; ranking 3rd on the team in yards and TDs, but that doesn’t mean he has been a solid addition. Jeffery requires major attention from opposing defenses and he is always a threat to make a big play, averaging almost 15 yards per reception in his career. I believe that Monday night could be Alshon’s breakout game in Philadelphia, as he will receive for over 100 yards and catch at least one TD.

Betting Tip- PHI (-4.5)

Eagles are at home, they are arguably playing the best football in the NFL, the Redskins are going to be hampered by some injuries on the defense…. This just sets up for an Eagles victory by at least at TD. Take the Eagles giving the 4.5 on Monday night.

Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 28- Washington Redskins 16

I think that the Redskins have been very impressive to start the season, especially given their strength of schedule. However, I think they might have overachieved when you look at their roster. The offense lacks playmakers, outside of Kirk Cousins and Chris Thompson, and with some key injuries occurring on the defensive side, it could be time for a let-down game. The Eagles are red-hot and QB Carson Wentz looks to have complete command of this offense. The Eagles defense has proven tough and that they can get stops when they need them most. Philadelphia moves to 6-1 with ease, defeating the Redskins 28-16.

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