Big Game, Little Opponent: Skins in Town

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The last time these two teams met, the Eagles sort of cruised to a 27-17 victory despite not having Donovan McNabb's best performance. At the time, we made the case that the game wasn't even really that close. They jumped out to a 17-0 lead and led 27-10 at halftime against a team that averages just 14.6 points per game. In fact the Redskins have eclipsed 17 points just once all season, so it's reasonable to expect if the Birds can just score at least that many, they will win again today.

On the flip side, the Eagles have scored fewer than 16 only once themselves, and they face a defense missing some key players. DT Albert Haynesworth is inactive, which should help the offensive create a little more room for the backs. CB DeAngelo Hall is also out, but considering his tendency to give up the big play and DeSean Jackson's tendency to make one, that may actually favor Washington.

Everything on paper points to an Eagles win today, but as we've seen in the past, and in particular with Washington, nothing is a given. These division games are often tougher just because the teams know each other so well, and a mediocre Redskins club managed to spoil the Birds not once, but twice last season.

The fact is though, this is a game they should win. It's only a matter of putting the points on the board. The Redskins offense is seriously lacking, deficient, handicapped, whatever you want to call it. RB Clinton Portis and TE Chris Cooley, two Pro Bowl players, are out, and the offensive line is a mess. Oh yeah, and the head coach is hardly that at all.

A victory would put the Eagles at 7-4, still atop the wild card standings, and within striking distance of the Cowboys (8-3). And we all know what happens to those guys in December...

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