After the last week’s sloppy loss to Buffalo, a lot of people have given up on the Eagles this season and are looking towards a high pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. I will say it now that the Eagles season is not over and their playoff hopes are not dead and buried. The Eagles are 2 ½ games back in the evenly spread NFC East. The division is not out of reach for the Eagles and one of the Wild Card spots is up for grabs (I say one of the Wild Card spots because the Packers or Lions will get one of them- they both started 5-0). The Eagles are 12-0 following the bye week under Andy Reid. Who do they have after the bye week this year? The Dallas Cowboys come to town for a Sunday Night Football showdown on NBC on October 30th.
If the Eagles get a win today, they will head to the bye week with a 2-4 record and a 1-1 record in the division. They are a notoriously hot team after bye week and through November and into December. The Eagles are not out of it but, if they lose today, they dug themselves a big hole.
As for today’s game, the Eagles have some injuries they have to deal with. Jason Peters is out but so is his replacement, King Dunlap. The Eagles will shift Todd Herremans from right tackle to left tackle and Winston Justice will make his season debut at right tackle. Yikes. Trent Cole is also out with a calf injury for the second straight week. Tired of Jarrad Page? So are the Eagles. Page is inactive today and Kurt Coleman will get the start at safety, along with 2010 second round pick, Nate Allen.
For the Redskins, running back Tim Hightower, tight end Chris Cooley, and defensive back DeAngelo Hall are all active today but are banged up. The Redskins are without defensive back Phillip Buchanon and fullback Mike Sellers among others.
The Eagles have never played against Rex Grossman whereas the last time Mike Vick was at FedEx Field was that incredible Monday night game in which the Eagles exploded for 28 points in the first quarter. The Eagles went on to win 59-28. We shall see what happens this afternoon.
Kickoff is set for 1:00pm in Landover.