Eagles-Redskins: Our (cough) expert predictions

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Eagles-Redskins: Our (cough) expert predictions

November 17, 2013, 8:00 am
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Nick Foles and the Eagles have not won a home game since Sept. 30 of 2012. (AP)

Nick Foles continued to shine last week -- as did the Eagles on the road -- in the team's 27-13 win over the Packers at Lambeau Field (see last week's predictions).

Now, the Birds come back home where they haven't won a game since Sept. 30 of 2012.

Will they finally halt the skid? Our (cough) experts weigh in:

Geoff Mosher
I keep talking about the law of averages kicking in for the Eagles at home, and I keep being wrong. This game should keep the scoreboard operator plenty busy. Neither defense is anything to brag about and both offenses have come alive lately. Might be one of those games in which the team that has the ball last wins.

Eagles 27, Redskins 24

Reuben Frank
Opponent with a losing record. Home-field advantage. Four wins in their last six games. Hot quarterback. A chance to move into first place in the division.

Everything is aligned for the Eagles to win Sunday. Which is why they won't. Until they win a home game, how can you pick the Eagles to win one? Ten straight home losses, by an average of 10 points per game.

Half the roster has never won a game at the Linc. Last time the Eagles won at home, their defensive coordinator was Juan Castillo, their defensive line coach was Jim Washburn and guys like Demetress Bell, Danny Watkins, Clay Harbor, Jason Babin, Derek Landri, Jamar Chaney, Nnamdi Asomugha and DRC were all starters. In the last 13 1/2 months, Andy Reid has won more games at the Linc than the Eagles have.

One day, the Eagles will win at at home again. Until they do, I can't pick 'em.

Redskins 30, Eagles 27

Ray Didinger
The Redskins will be better this week than they were when the Eagles torched them in Week 1. Robert Griffin III is moving better, Alfred Morris is running the ball better and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will know better than to stay in a nickel look as long as he did in the opener. But the Eagles' defense is better than it was then and Nick Foles right now is the hottest quarterback in the league. I know the Redskins have the advantage of coming off a Thursday night game but, remember, in that game they lost to the Vikings and Christian Ponder.

The Redskins don't pressure the quarterback (seven sacks in the last five games) and they don't cover very well on the back end (they have allowed 19 touchdown passes and 8.3 yards per attempt). This sets up perfectly for Foles to have a big game, break the home losing streak and put to rest the memory of his meltdown against Dallas.

Eagles 30, Redskins 21

Derrick Gunn
There's a possibility that Bradley Fletcher, Jason Peters and Mychal Kendricks won't play against the Redskins, which means reserves will be asked to step in and fill key positions. Earl Wolff is definitely out with a knee injury, but at least the Eagles have veteran Patrick Chung to fill the void.

This matchup features the NFL's leading rusher in LeSean McCoy and the third-leading rusher in Alfred Morris. McCoy had a season-best 184 rushing yards against the 'Skins in the season opener. Morris was held to 74 yards in that game, but since then, the Redskins' ground game has been averaging 151 yards per outing. Robert Griffin III is still not what he was a season ago, but he's improving each week in becoming more elusive and more accurate.

It should be an entertaining contest between two teams with similar offenses, stats-wise. But the Eagles' home losing streak demon should be exorcised.

Eagles 24, Redskins 20

John Gonzalez
Has it really been 10 straight losses at home for the Eagles? How is that possible? The last time the Eagles won at home, Nixon was president and everyone rode Tauntauns to their job at the secret rebel base on Hoth. Or something. Point is, it's been a while.

Nick Foles is playing well. DeSean Jackson is playing well. Riley Cooper is playing well. And LeSean McCoy is (finally) playing well again. The Redskins have a good offense, and RG3 is healthy and improved from the first meeting. But that Washington defense is a disaster. Don't read this next part out loud, lest you anger the fickle football gods: Birds win. Shhh. Keep it to yourself.

Eagles 28, Redskins 21

Andy Schwartz
If the Eagles don't end this home losing streak now, they might not do it until next season.

They have momentum, having won two straight.

They have a hot QB in Nick Foles.

And they have a defense that is playing so well I actually picked them up in my fantasy league (the Colts, what the heck?).

RG3 is the best QB the Eagles have faced since they were picked apart by Peyton, but this team has grown significantly since that debacle in Denver.

The home losing streak ends here.

Eagles 27, Redskins 17