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Predictions & Projections
David M. Dorey
The Huddle
WEEK 14
December 8, 2004
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
NYG at BAL* DET at GB CIN at NE* SF at ARZ* PHI at WAS
OAK at ATL IND at HOU* Sun 4 PM STL at CAR* Mon 9 PM
CLE at BUF* CHI at JAX* MIA at DEN TB at SD* KC at TEN*
NO at DAL SEA at MIN NYJ at PIT *updated Times ET
  Philadelphia Rush Catch Pass
QB Donovan McNabb 0 0 240,2
RB Brian Westbrook 70 50 0
RB Dorsey Levens 20 10 0
TE L.J. Smith 0 30 0
WR Terrell Owens 0 50,1 0
WR Freddie Mitchell 0 30 0
WR Todd Pinkston 0 70,1 0
PK David Akers 3 FG 2 XP -
  Washington Rush Catch Pass
QB Patrick Ramsey 0 0 160,1
RB Clinton Portis 50 10 0
TE Chris Cooley 0 30,1 0
WR Lavernues Coles 0 50 0
WR Rod Gardner 0 50 0
PK John Hall 1 FG 1 XP -

PHI (11-1) vs WAS (4-8)

Game Prediction: PHI 23, WAS 10

This is a rematch of the game three weeks ago that the Eagles won 28-6.

Pre-Game Notes - PHI

The Eagles have decimated every opponent for the last month, including these Redskins. The only downside to the Eagles is that it's hard to imagine that offense can possibly remain so superior to all others in the NFC for another eight weeks until the Superbowl. Then again, there is no real reason other than a lack of previous examples to that will prevent it from happening. They not only win big, they don't even look like they sweat during games.

Quarterback: This is what the rest of the league wanted to see. Donovan McNabb was already having a career year and comes off his first five touchdown game ever with 464 passing yards to set an Eagles franchise record. McNabb had only 222 yards and four touchdowns in week 11 against the Redskins.

Running Backs: Along with McNabb setting records, Brian Westbrook comes off his first three touchdown game of the year and all three were on receptions. He only gained 37 yards on 12 runs but had 11 catches for 156 yards. He caught every pass thrown to him. Back in week 11, he was not as good though. He only managed 105 total yards with two touchdowns during his second best game of the year.

Wide Receivers: Terrell Owens just caught his <insert ridiculous number> touchdown last week against <inset losing team> and that makes his <insert ridiculous number> time to exceed 100 yards ( 14th, Packers, 7th). Owens only had 24 yards in the last meeting with Washington but, of course, scored a touchdown.

The star receiver in that previous meeting was Todd Pinkston who had 106 yards on five catches - his best game of the year.

Tight Ends: L.J. Smith had a score and 42 yards last week just to give Washington a little more to think about.

Match Against the Defense: The Redskin defense has been stellar this season - except when they played against the Redskins. They have never allowed any opponent to score more than one passing touchdown - McNabb had four.

Expect this game to be closer than three weeks ago. Ramsey as the starter and Portis more on track playing in Washington should depress the numbers but not the result.

Pre-Game Notes - WAS

The Redskins come off a much needed win when they swamped the Giants 31-7. That was more points scored by Washington than they had in the last four previous games combined. They had never managed more than 18 points in any game this season. Then again, they only had six points in the last meeting with the Eagles.

Quarterback: Patrick Ramsey is cementing his role as the starting quarterback, coming off a game against the Giants where he completed 19 of 22 passes for 174 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. They Redskins should just quit now. It will not get any better. Ramsey only had 162 yards and one interception in the last meeting with the Eagles.

Running Backs: Clinton Portis comes off a 148 rushing yard effort with one running score which is exactly how he started the season. He had 14 yards receiving last week and had 15 yards receiving in week one (though he has a passing score last week). It is like he has come full circle after looping through running back hell.

While Portis is considered a huge bust this season, the reality is that through 13 games, he is only 220 rushing yards and 79 receiving yards behind this point of 2003. That's only about 30 yards per game. He had seven scores at this point last year and now has five touchdowns for 2004. That is a drop off but not the chasm commonly believed. Portis ended red hot last year with seven scores in the last two games and almost 400 yards to boost his 2003 numbers.

That all said, he did only manage 37 yards on 17 carries in the last meeting with Philadelphia.

Wide Receivers: The Redskins finally had a good passing game last week and yet, incredibly, it really did not involve the wideouts. Laveranues Coles had 60 yards on six catches and Rod Gardner only managed 27 yards on two catches. Three passing scores in the game and they caught none.

In week 11, Coles only had 34 yards and Gardner had 35 yards. A fantasy wasteland really.

Tight Ends: Chris Cooley may be a rookie tight end, but he is the main target in the endzone for what few scoring passes happen. He has five touchdowns on the season including one last week. There's only been 13 passing scores all year.

Cooley only had 22 yards and no score in week 11.

Match Against the Defense: The game against the Giants was merely a blip when the Redskins met a team decimated by injury that finally allowed Portis to run free. The Eagles squashed Portis in the last meeting and when that happens, the passing game falls flat.

Expect the Eagles to focus on Portis naturally and depress his numbers. Ramsey may have more success this time, but even one passing score would be an improvement. The Eagles are due for an eventual trash game but that is not going to happen here against a bad offense.

PHI WAS 2004 Averages WAS PHI
Gains Allows QB's Gains Allows
280
183
Pass yards
168
222
2.3
0.9
Pass TDs
1.1
1.1
0.4
1.0
Interceptions
1.1
1.2
15
5
Rush yards
7
9
0.3
0.0
Rush TDs
0.0
0.1
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RB's
---
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92
81
Rush yards
107
102
0.4
0.5
Rush TDs
0.3
0.4
63
37
Receive yards
24
39
0.5
0.3
Receive TD's
0.2
0.2
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WR's
---
---
170
123
Receive yards
121
138
1.3
0.3
Receive TD's
0.5
0.5
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---
TE's
---
---
46
25
Receive yards
24
41
0.6
0.3
Receive TD's
0.4
0.4
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PK's
---
---
2.1
1.1
Field Goals
1.2
1.2
3.1
1.8
Extra Points
1.5
1.4
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DEF/ST
---
---
0.9
0.6
Fumbles
0.5
0.4
1.1
1.1
Interceptions
1.0
0.5
0.2
0.5
Touchdowns
0.1
0.0
3.3
2.4
Sacks
2.3
2.3
0.0
0.0
Safeties
0.0
0.0
Eagles (11-1)
Score Opp.
31-17 NYG
27-16 MIN
30-13 @DET
19-9 @CHI
Week 5 bye
30-8 CAR
34-31 @CLE
15-10 BAL
3-27 @PIT
49-21 @DAL
28-6 WAS
27-6 @NYG
47-17 GB
Week 14 @WAS
Week 15 DAL
Week 16 @STL
Week 17 CIN
Redskins (4-8)
Score Opp.
16-10 TB
14-20 @NYG
18-21 DAL
13-17 @CLE
10-17 BAL
13-10 @CHI
Week 7 bye
14-28 GB
17-10 @DET
10-17 CIN
6-28 @PHI
7-16 @PIT
31-7 NYG
Week 14 PHI
Week 15 @SF
Week 16 @DAL
Week 17 MIN