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David Dorey
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Prediction: PHI 24, WAS 14

Update; Kevin Curtis has not practiced this week because of his calf and is considered doubtful. Reggie Brown will take his place but has not played in a few weeks. Hank Baskett has already been ruled out so Brown is pretty much last man standing.

Clinton Portis was held out of practice on Friday because he was having back spasms and could not bend at the waist. He has trainers working on it today and was going to see a massage therapist and a chiropractor today but HC Jim Zorn said it would be hard to sit Portis in such a critical game unless he absolutely could not be effective. Look for Portis to be a game time decision and this is a later afternoon game.

This is a great example of how there are seasons within seasons. The Redskins won 23-17 in Philadelphia back in week five and were on a four game winning streak. They have gone 3-6 since including losing their last three games. The Eagles were only 2-3 after the previous meetings with the Skins and have now drawn into contention for a wildcard and have won their last three straight. In fact, the Eagles look like one of the hotter NFL teams right now. The Eagles keep rising and the Skins continue to slide.

Philadelphia Eagles (8-5-1))
Homefield: Lincoln Financial Field
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 STL 38-3 -7 44
2 @DAL 37-41 +7 47
3 PIT 15-6 -3 45
4 @CHI 20-24 -3 45
5 WAS 17-23 -5 43
6 @SF 40-26 -5 43
7 BYE - - -
8 ATL 27-14 -8.5 46.5
9 @SEA 26-7 -6.5 43
10 NYG 31-36 -3 43.5
11 @CIN 13-13 -9 42.5
12 @BAL 7-36 +1 38.5
13 ARZ 48-20 -3 47
14 @NYG 20-14 +8 44
15 CLE 30-10 -14 39
16 @WAS - -3.5 40
17 DAL - - -
PHI @ WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Donovan McNabb 10,1   220,1
RB Brian Westbrook 60,1 50  
TE L.J. Smith   30  
WR DeSean Jackson   40  
WR Reggie Brown   30  
WR Kevin Curtis 50
WR Jason Avant   50,1  
PK David Akers 1 FG 3 XP  
Pregame Notes: Hard to argue that the benching of McNabb did not have a good effect since the Eagles have not only ripped off three straight wins, the offense has scored 98 points and the defense allowed only 44 points. Taking down the visiting Cardinals and Browns were no major upsets but beating the Giants in New York was an accomplishment. The Eagles can win here and then host the Cowboys in the finale for what could be for a wild card berth.

Quarterback: Donovan McNabb showed up big in the last two home games when he passed for a total of seven touchdowns but on the road has been a different matter. McNabb has not passed for more than two scores in any away venue and against a decent defense has not been better than just one touchdown. While the media glows that he " is back", the reality is that his two big home wins went over the Cardinals and suddenly mortal Giants. His last two road trios only had one score and below 200 yards passing.

McNabb passed for 280 yards and two scores when the Redskins visited in week five.

Running Backs: The only thing scarier than starting Brian Westbrook is not starting him. After four weeks of minimal production, he scored four times against the Cards and twice against the Giants. He had over 110 rushing yards in both games and was back to his dominating ways. Then when you needed him the most, he only had 53 yards on 16 carries and just 14 yards on three catches last week with no scores. He has been wildly inconsistent this year and yet capable of turning in a monster game at any time.

Westbrook only gained 33 yards on 12 carries against the Skins this year but he scored once and added six catches for 51 yards.

Wide Receivers: Kevin Curtis scored his fourth touchdown on the season and leads the wideouts in scoring but this is a diverse passing attack that uses all four receivers so that there is minimal individual fantasy value. DeSean Jackson has the only two 100+ yard games and each week most players only see around 40 yards or so. And every one of them have turned in at least one or two games with no catches or just a single meaningless reception. This unit can get it done in combination but individually only Jackson has fantasy merit and that has been very inconsistent this year.

Reggie Brown had a freak good game with 84 yards on four catches against the Skins this year, No other wideout had more than 22 yards.

Tight Ends: It may not be much but at least L.J. Smith can offer consistency with the last four home games all having three catches for around 30 yards. Smith has three scores on the year but only one happened in Philly.

Match Against the Defense: The Redskins had been very tough at home against the run but the last three visitors all scored a rushing touchdown against them with moderately decent yardage. Westbrook is always a scary one to start but has a situation here for some success and as he already showed, he will add receptions into the mix. If Parker, Barber and Jacobs can score there then so can Westy.

McNabb already had a big game against them this year but he won't need to pass as much with the Redskins' offense less potent now. Look for good yardage and one score. I like McNabb to rush in a touchdown as well as have three other quarterbacks this year. That one passing score favors Avant or Baskett slightly.


Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 8 10 8 20 3 5
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 6 10 5 4 9 18

Washington Redskins (7-7)
Homefield: FedEx Field
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @NYG 7-16 +3.5 41
2 NO 29-24 -1 42.5
3 ARZ 24-17 -3 42
4 @DAL 26-24 +11.5 46
5 @PHI 23-17 +5 43
6 STL 17-19 -13.5 44
7 CLE 14-11 -7.5 42.5
8 @DET 25-17 -8 43.5
9 PIT 6-23 -1.5 37
10 BYE - - -
11 DAL 10-14 +1.5 43
12 @SEA 20-17 -3.5 41.5
13 NYG 7-23 +3.5 41.5
14 @BAL 10-24 +5 36.5
15 @CIN 13-20 -6.5 36.5
16 PHI - +3.5 40
17 @SF - - -
WAS vs PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Jason Campbell 10,1   200,1
RB Clinton Portis 40 10 GTD
TE Chris Cooley   70,1  
WR Santana Moss   50  
WR Antwaan Randle El   40  
PK Shaun Suisham   2 XP  

Pregame Notes: Hard times for the Skins who started the season with such promise and now are winding down looking just as impotent and bumbling as any recent year. Clinton Portis was the best runner for a time but has since surrendered to his dings and too heavy workload. Jason Campbell won't take a step forward or even throw the ball deep and the defense can only hold on for so long. This is the final home game and would be a nice ending to the season with a win but the two franchises are going in very different directions.

Quarterback: You need 200 yards and a touchdown and that's what Jason Campbell will get you. You need 300 yards and two touchdowns, you still get 200 yards and one score. Maybe not even the score. Campbell has turned back into his mediocre pace that has him as a game manager with only average skills at best. He doesn't often turn the ball over and he typically sports a decent completion average but he doesn't throw deep and has to be spawning at least some speculation that perhaps he is not every going to be "all that".

Campbell passed for 176 yards and no scores in Philadelphia this year.

Running Backs: It was a big sign of the times when Clinton Portis went to Cincinnati and could only gain 77 yards on 25 carries. He has been held to under 80 rushing yards in five of the last six weeks and not scored since week seven. For the first half of the year, Portis was the best rusher in the NFL. These last weeks have seen him look worn down and broken down. Portis was not on the injury report last week but he played same as he had been when questionable and not practicing.

Portis gained 145 yards on 29 runs and scored once in Philly this season.

Wide Receivers: Santana Moss finally had a touchdown last week for the first time since week eight but his weekly yardage bounces around from 14 to 72 yards per week. He started the year out red hot but the defenses caught on quick enough and now he's just been worth around 60 yards or so in most games.

Antwaan Randle El almost never has more than 50 yards per week but has scored twice over the last four games.

No wideout had more than 34 yards against the Eagles this year.

Tight Ends: Chris Cooley remains a reasonable fantasy play since he usually ends up around 70 yards per game even during these less productive weeks but he has only one score on the year and that was back in week five.

Cooley caught eight passes for 109 yards and a score in Philly this season.

Match Against the Defense: The 145 yards that Portis racked up on the Eagles two months ago was a season high allowed and that came after 29 runs. This game is not likely to go nearly so well and Portis is not running like he once did. This is at home though and Portis has a chance at a score as long as Betts or someone else takes it. The yardage should remain only moderate - too risky to expect much more from Portis.

Campbell will throw for a touchdown and while Cooley caught it in the first game, he still remains the most likely this week against the 28th worst defense against tight ends. This game needs some defensive scoring but the Eagles have been hot lately.

Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 25 20 19 11 23 32
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 8 5 8 28 11 8

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