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WEEK 14
December 6, 2006
Season Ticket
Thursday
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday Late
Sunday Nite
CLE at PIT IND at JAX TEN at HOU BUF at NYJ NO at DAL
Sunday
MIN at DET OAK at CIN
Monday
ATL at TB NE at MIA PHI at WAS GB at SF CHI at STL
BAL at KC NYG at CAR   SEA at ARZ *updated

Prediction: PHI 20, WAS 17

The Eagles were supposed to fall apart once McNabb left but after two losses, a comeback win over the Panthers not only re-energizes the team, it makes them 6-6 on the season and very much in the hunt for at least a wild card this year. The Redskins also beat the Panthers but lost to the Falcons last week and at 4-8 it is all over for the year. This is a coin flip game with the Skins 3-3 at home and the Eagles only 2-3 on the road this year.

The Eagles won 27-3 when the Redskins came to Philadelphia just four weeks ago.

Philadelphia Eagles (6-6)
1 24-10 @HOU 10 27-3 WAS
2 24-30 NYG 11 13-31 TEN
3 38-24 @SF 12 21-45 @IND
4 31-9 GB 13 27-24 CAR
5 38-24 DAL 14 --- @WAS
6 24-27 @NO 15 --- @NYG
7 21-23 @TB 16 --- @DAL
8 6-13 JAX 17 --- ATL
9 Open Bye - - MON
PHI at WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Jeff Garcia 0 0 210,2
RB Brian Westbrook 80 50 0
TE L.J. Smith 0 10 0
WR Donte Stallworth 0 90,1 0
WR Reggie Brown 0 40,1 0
WR Greg Lewis 0 10 0
PK David Akers 2 FG 2 XP -
Pregame Notes: What a difference one home win on national TV makes. The Eagles were treated to a big game by Jeff Garcia that ended in a win when Delhomme threw his final interception on first and goal to go from the Philly seven yard line - a field goal would have tied it. But a win is a win and now the Eagles are again looking like they may have some work in January because the NFC is stocked with three other 6-6 teams all competing for a playoff spot. But the road to get there will be tough. This week starts a three game road trip through every divisional foe - let's see what happens to the road version of Garcia.

Quarterback: Jeff Garcia comes off a big 312 yard, three touchdown game last Monday and that gives him five scores as a starter against no interceptions - pretty good. It's a major positive for the team to have the replacement quarterback so quickly produce a big game and a huge win but Garcia will be challenged to keep up those numbers against three straight opponents who know the Philly offense better than he does.

McNabb threw for 222 yards and one score against the Skins in week 10 this year.

Running Backs: Brian Westbrook is trying to take the team on his back but it remains to be seen of he can weather the workload of the last month. Ideally, Westbrook had been used for about 20 plays per week but he's never had less than 22 touches for the last four games and averaged around 20 carries and seven catches per week. He's been highly productive with around 150 total yards in most games but his knee was already an issue earlier in the year and he has no time to rest now.

Westbrook gained 113 yards on 22 carries in week ten against the Redskins.

Wide Receivers: Garcia was unable to connect with Stallworth against the Colts but found him four times on Monday for 111 yards and one score. Reggie Brown had 79 yards and a score as well in the pass happy game and more notable is that Brown has scored in both games with Garcia as the starter. It was just one game last week and the Eagles are heading out for a three city road trip but at least Garcia has made a mark with Brown and Stallworth - he'll need to continue that for the Eagles to continue to contend.

Stallworth caught six passes for 139 yards and one score against the Skins. Brown was held to just 38 yards on two catches.

Tight Ends: All the passing last week missed L.J. Smith who was thrown only two passes and had no catches. Smith had scored in each of the previous two games but was blanked for the first time this year.

Smith only had one catch for eight yards in the previous match-up with the Redskins.

Match Against the Defense: Westbrook faces a defense that he already has had success against and that has been dinged by most opposing runners for at least moderate to good yardage. Don't look for a score here but a nice total yardage game should be in reach.

Garcia faces a secondary that has always allowed at least one score in every game and often two or more. Look for two scores from Garcia against a team that is weak against wideouts. Stallworth has already had one good game against them and Brown already has chemistry with Garcia near the goal line.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM    QB   RB   WR   TE   PK  DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 1 8 9 9 22 15
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 24 14 29 24 32 3

 

Washington Redskins (4-8)
1 16-19 MIN 10 3-27 @PHI
2 10-27 @DAL 11 17-20 @TB
3 31-15 @HOU 12 17-13 CAR
4 36-30 JAX 13 14-24 ATL
5 3-19 @NYG 14 --- PHI
6 25-22 TEN 15 --- @NO
7 22-36 @IND 16 --- @STL
8 Open Bye 17 --- NYG
9 22-19 DAL - MON SAT
WAS vs PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Jason Campbell 10 0 190,1
RB Ladell Betts 80,1 20 0
TE Chris Cooley 0 50,1 0
WR Santana Moss 0 50 0
WR Brandon Lloyd 0 40 0
WR Antwaan Randle El 0 20 0
PK Nick Novak 1 FG 2 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Skins are just playing out a three game home stretch using a different quarterback and running back than what started the year. The win over the Panthers was nice but the Cowboys and Eagles both beat them as well. Otherwise, the Skins have lost four of the last five games while never scoring more than 17 points with Campbell at the helm.

Quarterback: After three weeks as the starter, Jason Campbell has thrown for five touchdowns which is more scores than Brunell had in his last five games. Campbell has not been blanked yet though his yardage has never exceeded 217 yards. With only three interceptions on the season, Campbell is not winning games but he's not really losing them. That is more than Brunell could claim.

Brunell only threw for 132 yards and one interception in Philadelphia last month.

Running Backs: Ladell Betts has been running very well recently, gaining over 100 yards in both the recent home games and scoring once last week. He comes off the best rushing effort by any Redskins runner this year when he gained 155 yards on 28 carries against the Falcons last week. He ran for 104 yards on 24 carries against the Panthers but could only muster 18 yards on seven runs against the Bucs - his only road game.

Portis only gained 25 yards on six carries while Ladell Betts had 83 yards on 20 runs in Philadelphia this season.

Wide Receivers: Santana Moss finally had a good game with Campbell when he caught seven passes for 123 yards and one score last week. Moss had not bee above 50 yards in any game since week four and now has two games with scores on the season. Campbell uses the other wideouts no more than a few times in each game so far.

Moss only had three receptions for 17 yards against the Eagles this year while Lloyd had 47 yards on two catches.

Tight Ends: Chris Cooley had been enjoying great games with Campbell under center and scored in each of his first two games as the starter but last week was only two catches for 12 yards - a season low.

Cooley only caught three passes for 39 yards against the Eagles this season.

Match Against the Defense: The Redskins were throttled in their game in Philadelphia and while Portis and Brunell are now gone, the offense is actually no worse for their absence. particularly at home. The Eagles rush defense was gashed by Addai recently but the Redskins are hardly the offensive force of the Colts. Look for a solid yardage game here by Betts with a shot for one rushing score.

Campbell faces a secondary that been solid in most games and only allows one passing score at most in all but three games. Expect just one score here by Campbell that will favor Cooley this week. This will not be a shoot out - Campbell won't throw for much yardage even if the Eagles take a big lead.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM    QB   RB   WR   TE   PK  DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 30 15 26 10 29 32
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 15 26 7 5 21 25