It appears that every year, the NFC East division title comes down one of the last games of the season. This year is no exception, as the Washington Redskins (7-7) face off against the Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) at Lincoln Financial on a Saturday night edition of Thursday Night Football. There are a lot of dynamics and storylines going into this game, so let’s get started.

 

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Returns:

We all know this is a return to the City of Brotherly love for Washington receiver Desean Jackson. However, there may be bad blood on the other side of the ball as well, as this a game where Eagles cornerback E.J. Biggers plays against his former team, ironically lining up against Jackson.

 

 

Offense:

Washington comes into this game after a strong win against the Buffalo Bills where Kirk Cousins threw 22 completions on 28 attempts and 4 touchdowns. The Eagles, on the other hand, got spanked by the Cardinals 40-17, where Bradford threw 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. I’ll give the edge in passing to the Skins here, as Kirk has been playing a different brand of football with the return of Jackson, while Bradford still looks to be

Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) dives for a touchdown pass during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
(Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports.               trying to smooth out the edges of Chip Kelly’s offense. Both teams have struggled to find their identity running the ball. The Redskins have said that the struggling Alfred Morris is the starting back time and time again, and with rookie back Matt Jones being questionable for tonight’s game, Morris will need to show flashes of his 2012 self. The Eagles went all in on Demarco Murray during the offseason, but Murray is slowly being phased out of the offense as other backs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles have looked more comfortable in Chip’s system. One name to watch tonight is tight-end Jordan Reed for Washington. He’s been doing some amazing things in the passing game.

 

 

Edge: Washington

Defense:

Neither one of these teams have been very good on defense this season. The Washington run defense has looked mediocre at best, and Philly has allowed an average of 134 yards on the ground per game. The Redskins passing defense has improved from recent years, as cornerback Bashaud Breeland has begun to look more and more like a lock down corner for this team, and veteran Deangelo Hall is transitioned well into his new role of free safety. The Eagles passing defense has been getting burned on a consistent basis, with Bryon Maxwell catching a lot of grieve on Twitter for giving up on plays.

Edge: Push

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

Coaching:

While Jay Gruden has made many questionable calls and interesting decisions regarding this roster, the Redskins have come into their own over the last few weeks. However, the Redskins haven’t traveled on the Warpath well, as they sit with a putrid road record of 1-5. Chip Kelly has tried to coach this team into his system, but the talent that he has assembled has not produced to the level Philly fans expected going into the season.

Edge: Push

Final Thoughts:

I fully expect this game to be a derp off. Both of these teams have shown little signs of excellence this season, and I expect tonight to be no different. While tonight will possibly lock up the division for the Redskins, no team, Redskins, Eagles, or Giants, deserves the title of “winning” anything.

Prediction: WAS 21 PHI 17

 

Shawn Valdrighi

Spark Sports Analyst

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