This season the Redskins have been anything thing but consistent. The theme this year seems to be “playing to the level of their competition.” They get up to play the contenders, or who they perceive as such, and they lay down to teams that are rebuilding or simply put, teams they have no business losing to. Are the Lions (2-6) and Rams (4-4) terrible teams? No. In fact they both have been putting the pieces together pretty well over the last couple years. Their other losses were by a combined six points to teams that are very much in contention for the AFC South title in Indianapolis (5-3) and Houston (4-4).
When we look at the teams victories this year, they’ve been against some of the better competition in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys (1-7) are better than their record indicates and to defeat them at home to open the season was a big step forward for this franchise. They then walked into a tough environment in Philadelphia (5-3) and came away with a W on Donovan’s homecoming. With their next two wins coming against the top competition in the NFC North, the Skins have shown that they can put up a fight when they “feel like it.”
So the question is, which team shows up Monday night in Landover?
Some things to consider:
- Shanahan was 10-4 coming off a bye week while coaching in Denver.
- The Eagles are on a roll right now winning three of their last four and now have Michael Vick back at quarterback.
- The Redskins have a +8 turnover margin while the Eagles are at +9 through the first half of the season.
- The Redskins offense averages just under 16 points per game in wins this season and 23 PPG in their four losses.
The Redskins are going to be fresh off a bye week and looking to silence the critics on Monday. Also with a victory they would move to 3-0 within the division and into 2nd place in the NFC East. I look for Vick to put on a show at FedEx but the Skins to come up with a key turnover late. The Redskins use all the cardiovascular endurance they can muster and win a tight one late.
Redskins 23 Eagles 20.