Philadelphia Eagles (5-3, 3-1 away) vs Washington Redskins (4-4, 2-2 home) @ FedEx Field on TSN, 8:30 PM ET
Line: PHI by 3.5
Reason To Watch: Game two between these fierce division rivals will play out tonight. QB Donavon McNabb won his first game playing against the Eagles in Philly 17-12 on Oct. 3. McNabb did not have his best performance against his form team. McNabb was 8 of 19 for 125 yards with one touchdown and one INT.
Eagles coach Andy Reid did a great job against his former quarterback, holding McNabb to his lowest completion total and lowest passer rating (60.2) in his last 23 games.
It would not be a typical week if it wasn’t for another controversy surrounding McNabb. Two weeks ago, McNabb was pulled in favor of Rex ([email protected]$#ing) Grossman for the last drive of game against the Lions. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan then went on to say McNabb is underprepared to run the two minute drill, he’s too fat, he’s thinking of Chunky’s chicken noodle soup in the huddle, etc.
Things might be turning on Shanahan fast in Washington, with the Hayensworth fiasco and now the McNabb crap, he better fix this thing soon or he can find himself getting paid by two teams not to coach. (Shanahan might be able to fix his offense next year when his old offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak loses his job in Houston)
Eagles starter Mike Vick was having an amazing first quarter the last meeting versus Washington, before he was squashed by two Redskins defenders. Vick was 5 of 7 for 49 passing yards with three rushes for 17 yards. The goal line hit broke several of Vick ribs and caused him to miss the next three weeks.
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy did his best Brian Westbrook impression in Week 4. McCoy had 16 carries for 64 yards an 12 receptions for 110 yards. Look for McCoy to continue to be the focal point of the offense while a banged-up receiving core returns to full strength.
The Eagles will be missing two major contributors in their secondary with rookie free safety Nate Allen and cornerback Ellis Hobbs won’t play tonight. Allen a 2nd round pick out of South Florida, has 34 tackles, three INTs and one sack, in an impressive rookie season.
The Redskins won’t have RB Clinton Portis as he’s inactive, but RB Ryan Torain returns after leaving in Week 8 with a hamstring injury.