Game Predictions & Player Projections - WAS vs PHI

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Game Predictions & Player Projections - WAS vs PHI

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Prediction: WAS 24, PHI 30 (Line: PHI by 7)

UPDATE: DeSean Jackson was held out of practices on Wednesday and Thursday but then was able to do limited work on Friday. He is listed as questionable but is tentatively expected to play. He’ll want to play but it depends on how his shoulder feels and something like an AC joint can worsen during the game. He’s a risky play but with a lot of upside facing his ex-team. Check his pregame status to ensure he’ll play.

This game will be a major disappointment if it finishes with under 50 total points. And most of those are likely to belong to the Eagles though the loss of Robert Griffin III should be well compensated for by Kirk Cousins. It was last year.

The Eagles swept the Redskins last year, winning 33-27 in Washington and later 24-16 in Philly.

Washington Redskins

1 @HOU 6-17 10 BYE —–
2 JAC 41-10 11 TB —–
3 @PHI —– 12 @SF —–
4 NYG —– 13 @IND —–
5 SEA —– 14 STL —–
6 @ARI —– 15 @NYG —–
7 TEN —– 16 PHI —–
8 @DAL —– 17 DAL —–
9 @MIN —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
WAS @ PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Kirk Cousins 270,2
RB Pierre Thomas 30 3-20
WR Pierre Garcon 7-80
WR DeSean Jackson 6-90,1
WR Andre Roberts 5-60,1
TE Vernon Davis 3-30
TE Niles Paul 6-60

The Redskins went 1-1 playing against two of the worst teams of 2013 and lost their starting quarterback. Week four hosting the Giants should be another easy matchup but this will be the toughest game in September. Then the schedule gets far tougher and all the pieces need to start working better. The defense has done well against weaker offenses but this week gets a far bigger challenge.

QUARTERBACK : Robert Griffin III’s ankle is dislocated and what happens from here is mostly speculation. RG3 was struggling with the new offensive scheme and Kirk Cousins looked much better already taking over last week and throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the easy win. HC Jay Gruden is already being pelted with questions concerning Cousins only taking over until RG3 is better – whenever that is – or if he can win the job permanently. RG3 was drafted before Gruden showed up and has no ties to the new head coach.

Griffin passed for 264 yards and two scores in Philly last season.

RUNNING BACK : In both games, Alfred Morris was more than effective. He ran for 91 yards on just 14 carries in Houston and then 85 yards and two scores on 22 runs against the Jaguars. He still has no role as a receiver and the rest of the backfield continues to change. Roy Helu left injured last week and Darrel Young ended up with the receiving touchdown. Silas Redd (8-41, TD) came in last week because the game was already well in hand. Morris is the only reliable one in the bunch and he never catches a pass.

Morris ran for 93 yards on 22 carries in Philadelphia last year.

WIDE RECEIVER : DeSean Jackson left with a shoulder injury last week. He’s considered day-to-day but would be facing his old team in their stadium so it will be very personal if he can play. With eight catches for 62 yards in week one, he’s already part of the game plan though will have to meld with Cousins as quarterback. It could be bothersome how Cousins only threw four passes to Pierre Garcon who ended with just one catch for 12 yards. But Cousins elected to throw to his tight end with great effect and the Jaguars are weak against that position. He should be more involved this week though a repeat would be very concerning. I’ll follow Jackson in practice and update as warranted but I’ll assume he can play.

Garcon caught six passes for 68 yards in Philly last year.

TIGHT END : All the Jordan Reed owners have watched Niles Paul roll up bit yardage for two weeks in a row and catch a touchdown last Sunday. Reed remains week-to-week with a hamstring strain. The assumption is that he won’t play and Paul is holding down the fort with nice results anyway.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: There is nothing special about the Eagles defense that has allowed five passing scores and plenty of yards in the process. Chad Henne passed for 266 yards on them. Last Monday, Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for 149 yards on just 33 carries. The Eagles will be at home though and that will make it tougher. This is the defense that made Allen Hurns look great in the season opener. Cousins, Garcon, Morris and Jackson are obvious starting considerations this week and even Paul could show up since the Colts used TE Jack Doyle for a score.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 18 3 15 9 26 13
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 24 19 24 11 13 25

Philadelphia Eagles

1 JAC 34-17 10 CAR —–
2 @IND 30-27 11 @GB —–
3 WAS —– 12 TEN —–
4 @SF —– 13 @DAL —–
5 STL —– 14 SEA —–
6 NYG —– 15 DAL —–
7 BYE —– 16 @WAS —–
8 @ARI —– 17 @NYG —–
9 @HOU —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
vs Rush Catch Pass
RB DeMarco Murray 120,1 1-10
RB Darren Sproles 50 5-40,1
WR Rueben Randle 4-50
TE Zach Ertz 4-60,1
PK Cody Parkey 3 FG 3 XP
PK Caleb Sturgis 1 FG 3 XP

The Eagles came into the season with serious questions about their defense and so far they have not really been answered. The Jaguars scored 17 points on them but then the Colts lost a home game because Andrew Luck could not mount a winning drive and Nick Foles could. The beauty here is that the Eagles keep falling behind, giving up points and yards, and then make up the difference and more in a comeback. Philly is 2-0, but they are making other offenses look really good in the process.

QUARTERBACK : Nick Foles doesn’t apparently wake up until the second half but he’s posted two straight games with 320+ yards and at least one score in both. He’s still throwing interceptions and lost two fumbles in the Jaguars game. But he’s cranking out the fantasy value with all those yards. Only Matt Ryan currently has more passing yards.

Foles passed for 298 yards but on scores on the Skins last year.

RUNNING BACK : Perhaps one of the biggest surprises has been Darren Sproles. He seemed like he was on a downswing when he left New Orleans but he’s far outpacing LeSean McCoy as a perfect complementary player who just gained 152 yards on seven catches last Monday. He scored on his four runs for 26 yards while McCoy ran for 79 yards and a touchdown but only managed four receptions for 23 yards. McCoy remains the primary but Sproles has been a great addition and one that has decreased McCoy’s output at least marginally.

McCoy ran for 77 yards and two scores on the Redskins in 2013 and added 73 yards on four catches.

WIDE RECEIVER : Jeremy Maclin scored in week one with 97 yards on four catches and then again last Monday when he ended with 45 yards on four catches. The rookie Jordan Matthews remains just a work in progress with marginal production and Riley Cooper has no fantasy value. Only Maclin remains as the lone fantasy relevant wide receiver thanks to all the passing to the tight end and running backs.

TIGHT END : This continues to look like Zach Ertz’s breakout year. He opened with three catches for 77 yards and a score against the Jaguars and then turned four receptions into 86 yards versus the Colts. Ertz is not just a quick outlet, he’s a deep strike target and has the speed to tack on yards after the catch.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Redskins have only allowed one passing score each week but faced just Chad Henne and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Arian Foster ran for 103 yards on them. They have certainly not met an offense like the Eagles. No reason to sit any of the notables – Foles, McCoy, Sproles, Ertz and Maclin. This should be a good one, the problem is there are so many possible players that could go off.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 6 1 25 12 2 9
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 4 1 11 7 8 16

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