Eagles-Redskins: Our (cough) expert predictions

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Eagles-Redskins: Our (cough) expert predictions
September 9, 2013, 10:00 am
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Our predictions for Chip Kelly's debut as Eagles head coach, first against the Redskins and then the season overall:

Geoff Mosher

This game has barnburner written all over it. A good debut for Kelly's offense, but in the end, a loss in his first NFL game.

Redskins 33, Eagles 27

Season prediction: The biggest reason I have a hard time giving the Eagles more than eight wins this year is their depth issues at key areas -- offensive line, wide receiver, outside linebacker, cornerback, safety. Pretty much every position except for running back and tight end. Injuries threaten to have too many journeymen or rookie free agents asked to play roles they're not made for, and I just don't think they have enough talent among the starters to carry the load when those injuries inevitably happen. If they can stay healthy, 10 wins aren't far-fetched. But that's a best-case scenario.

Final record: 8-8

Reuben Frank

Eagles will play the Redskins tough Monday night. This will be a good, competitive game, and the Eagles will hold their own on national TV, on the road, in Kelly’s NFL debut. But late third quarter, early fourth quarter, the Redskins, with that power running game, will pull away.

Redskins 34, Eagles 27

Season prediction: The Eagles are going in the right direction, and with another infusion of talent in next year’s draft and more defenders who fit into Billy Davis' 4-3 to add to the existing young nucleus, the Eagles should be a playoff team by next year. But they’re just not there yet. Too many holes, especially on defense, along with offensive depth questions on the line and at wide receiver. It’ll be a fun and promising year as we begin a new era of Eagles football, but when all is said and done, I see only six wins. They'll start 1-5. But 11-5 and NFC East champs next year! (Is that the first 2014 prediction?)

Final record: 6-10

Derrick Gunn

So many unknowns from both teams. What will the surgically-repaired RG3 look like? How will the Eagles' offense function, and can the Birds' defense stand up to the Redskins' rushing attack that led the NFL in 2012? Monday Night Football, Eagles on the road ... I'm leaning toward the 'Skins.

Redskins 30, Eagles 23

Season prediction: I know everyone is excited about the Kelly era and rightfully so, but it will take time for the new coach and his staff to get their type of players for their system. The offense will move the ball and score points. As for the defense, as it stands right now, it's going to be an adventure. Anything is an improvement over the disaster that was 2012. I might be a little generous when I say this, but with some breaks along the way I see the Eagles getting close to .500.

Final record: 7-9

John Gonzalez

In two games against the Eagles last year, Robert Griffin III went 30-for-39, with 398 passing yards, 88 rushing yards on 14 carries and six touchdowns. In his last three starts against the Redskins, Michael Vick has thrown for 905 yards, rushed for 137 yards and totaled 10 touchdowns. Points. Lots of points on Monday. Just not enough for the Birds.

Redskins 31, Eagles 28

Season prediction: Better than last year, still not good enough to make the playoffs. These things take time.

Final record: 7-9

Ray Didinger

No doubt Kelly has a few tricks up his sleeve, but Washington had four months to prepare for this game and they see the read-option every day in practice with RG3 running it so I don't think the Eagles will catch them flat footed. It may stay close for a while, while RG3 chips away the rust, but the Redskins will eventually pull away.
Redskins 31, Eagles 21
Season prediction: The NFC East isn't very strong, which works in the Eagles' favor. Kelly's offense has a chance to be good if Vick sticks to the script and distributes the ball to his playmakers LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson and doesn't try to do too much himself. But the defense will be an issue all season.

Final record: 6-10

Andy Schwartz

Yeah, RG3 didn't play in the preseason. And yeah, Vick says one reason he struggled last season was because he hardly played in the preseason. So will RG3 be rusty? Probably. How much will that benefit the Birds? Not enough to make up for the unknown that is their defense.

Redskins 33, Eagles 17

Season prediction: Let's say they win five at home -- including three of their final four -- and ... hmm ... at Washington, no ... at Denver, no ... at the Giants, no ... aah, there's one: at Oakland. Eh, let's give them that and at Tampa (again) too.

Final record: 7-9

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