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WEEK 4
2010
NYJ at BUF* CIN at CLE* IND at JAC* CHI at NYG
SEA at STL* BAL at PIT* HOU at OAK* NE at MIA*
CAR at NO* DEN at TEN* WAS at PHI DAL, KC
*updated DET at GB* SF at ATL ARI at SD* MIN, TB

Prediction: WAS 14, PHI 31

After an exciting win over the Cowboys, the Redskins drop to 1-2 and lost their only other road game to the Rams. The Eagles are on a two game winning streak and return home to face the divisional foe that they swept in 2009, winning 27-17 on the road and later 27-24 at home. The Skins are installing a new scheme and all the variables point to a nice win for the Eagles. No doubt that Donovan McNabb would love to roll all over his ex-team but we should learn why it was that the Eagles were willing to let him go to a divisional rival.

Washington Redskins (1-2)
Homefield: FedEx Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 DAL W 13-7 10 PHI --
2 HOU L 27-30 11 @TEN --
3 @STL L 16-30 12 MIN --
4 @PHI -- 13 @NYG --
5 GB -- 14 TB --
6 IND -- 15 @DAL --
7 @CHI -- 16 @JAC --
8 @DET -- 17 NYG --
9 Bye - - - -
Redskins Report | Statistics | Roster
WASHINGTON at PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Donovan McNabb 20 - 220,2
RB Clinton Portis 40 10 -
TE Chris Cooley - 70,1 -
WR Santana Moss - 80,1 -
WR Anthony Armstrong - 30 -
WR Joey Galloway - 10 -
PK Graham Gano 2 XP - -
Pregame Notes: After picking up some momentum in Houston with 27 points scored in a loss, the Eagles dropped back to only 16 points in St. Louis. The team only has four offensive touchdowns in three games played and are going to be playing playoff contenders for the next month. There is much confusion about the backfield (even for a Mike Shanahan team) and there is no way of knowing if Donovan McNabb realizes that more than Chris Cooley and Santana Moss exist as receivers.

QUARTERBACK : Donovan McNabb has only thrown for one interception but he also has just two passing scores. He managed to produce 426 yards against the Texans (who doesn't?) but otherwise the passing numbers are pedestrian and revolve almost entirely around Moss and Cooley. Each have one of the two passing touchdowns.

Jason Campbell passed for 231 yards and two scores in Philly last year.

We'll give McNabb a couple scores here for the first time as a Redskins because he is going to be so locked into wanting a good showing. But that may be more optimistic than realistic. Remember - the defense knows all about him as well.

RUNNING BACKS: The Redskins backfield is already a mess. Clinton Portis has an injured wrist but still played last week and only had seven carries for 44 yards. He had a 27-yard run that he ended by sliding like a quarterback much to the derision of the media and fans. HC Mike Shanahan said the wrist was a consideration why he was used less. Keiland Williams flew off free agent shelves last week but he never had a carry and settled for two catches. Ryan Torain was promoted up and had 46 yards in seven runs as the new #2 running back. It all smacks of a mess that can not be relied on for a fantasy start.

The Skins combined for only 70 rushing yards on 23 carries in Philly last season.

I will project for Portis but figure on Torain if not Williams also playing.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Joey Galloway had 88 yards on week two at home and zero catches in the other two matchups. Other than the one game for him, no other wideout besides Santana Moss has done anything past one or two inconsequential catches. Moss has been re-energized with McNabb, never turning in less than six receptions or 77 yards. He has his first score last week in St. Louis along with 124 yards. Chances are high that the Eagles will notice this in advance but Moss will get a lot of targets.

Moss scored once on the road trip to Philly but only had 28 yards on four catches. I like a similar event this time only with more yardage from many more passes thrown his way.

TIGHT ENDS: Chris Cooley remains a solid part of the offense with no fewer than 53 yards in a game and one touchdown on the season. With the Eagles certain to be covering Moss and rushing McNabb in the pocket, expect a decent game that could end up one of his best of the season. Fred Davis could work into the equation as well but comes at the expense of Cooley.

Cooley was out when the Skins went to Philly last year and Fred Davis turned in 43 yards and a score on four catches.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 15 30 21 5 6 16
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 12 31 6 11 16 11
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) WAS -3 1 -15 6 10 -5


Philadelphia Eagles (2-1))
Homefield: Lincoln Financial Field
Turf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 GB L 20-27 10 @WAS --
2 @DET W 35-32 11 NYG --
3 @JAC W 28-3 12 @CHI --
4 WAS -- 13 HOU --
5 @SF -- 14 @DAL --
6 ATL -- 15 @NYG --
7 @TEN -- 16 MIN --
8 Bye - 17 DAL --
9 IND -- - - -
Eagles Report | Statistics | Roster
PHILADELPHIA vs WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Michael Vick 30,1 - 270,2
RB LeSean McCoy 60,1 20 -
TE Brent Celek - 20 -
WR DeSean Jackson - 140,1 -
WR Jason Avant - 20 -
WR Jeremy Maclin - 50,1 -
PK David Akers 1 FG 4 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Eagles get their chance at their first home win and this time the stadium gets to cheer on Michael Vick as some returning hero. Two starts and the offense has posted at least 28 points each time though in fairness, DET and JAC is giving to all opponents. This is a chance to play against McNabb as well which for a town like Philly should be interesting. Chances are they will have gotten over losing him rather quickly.

QUARTERBACK: Sure the opponents were ranked 28th or worse against quarterbacks but Michael Vick ripped off two straight road wins with about 290 passing yards in each and at least two if not three touchdowns. He even rushed in a score in Jacksonville to push his daily total to four scores. Back at home as the newly anointed starter, he'll be looking to have a good game here while being compared to the guy on the other side of the field.

The Eagles passed for 260 yards and one score on the visiting Skins last year.

Vick has as much to prove as McNabb and better weapons to use. The Skins have always allowed one or more passing scores so I like Vick to come through with a nice showing here - two passing scores and potentially a running score as well.

RUNNING BACKS: LeSean McCoy had an off game in Jacksonville but already scored four times this year and now faces a defense that just gave up two rushing scores to the Rams. The Skins will prevent him from having a big game here but McCoy remains a good start with a chance for a score and some receptions as well.

McCoy gained 76 yards on 17 runs and added four catches for 25 yards on the visiting Skins.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The knock on Vick was always that he could not connect with his wide receivers but that has all changed now. DeSean Jackson turned in games of 135 and 153 yards with a score in each and Jeremy Maclin accepted lower catches and yards but has four touchdowns already with at least one in every game. There hasn't been anything left over for the others but then again - they never needed any other receivers.

This should be another nice week against a secondary that has been burned every week and already three receivers have exceeded 140 yards against this secondary. Look for a nice game for both starters.

TIGHT ENDS: Brent Celek suffered a wrist contusion in the Week 3 win over the Jaguars but I will assume he can play. Celek has not enjoyed a good start to the season and is the one casualty of Vick becoming the starter. Celek has not scored or had more than four catches in any game.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 2 12 3 26 22 12
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 28 20 32 13 26 4
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) PHI 26 8 29 -13 4 -8

WEEK 4
2010
NYJ at BUF CIN at CLE IND at JAC CHI at NYG
SEA at STL BAL at PIT HOU at OAK NE at MIA
CAR at NO DEN at TEN WAS at PHI DAL, KC
  DET at GB SF at ATL ARI at SD MIN, TB
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