The Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) are currently 2nd place in the NFC East behind the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles are playing a division rival the Washington Redskins (3-6) this week at home. This division is up for grabs but if the Eagles continue on the consistent winning path that they’re on they can easily take it.
The Eagles need to win at home and now that the Eagles have a consistent quarterback, solid offensive line and consistent offense they can score enough points with explosive big plays against the Redskins who have the 31st ranked scoring defense in the NFL. The Redskins are guaranteed to give at least 35 points. The Eagles also know that keeping LeSean McCoy in the mix is one way of ensuring a win by keeping a balanced and explosive offense, but the biggest boom comes from WR DeSean “Action” Jackson who has the Redskins secondary’s number and always comes out with a big game against Washington.
The Eagles defense is starting to come together and last week DeMeco Ryans walked away with two interceptions. Maybe it was QB Seneca Wallace and QB Scott Tolzein being unprepared but still. To keep the Skins at bay, the Eagles are going to have to stop the ground attack that they have with Alfred Morris and keep RG3 inside the pocket. The biggest setback on the Eagles defense is their cornerbacks, so they’ll have to step it up this week. But if the defense continues to make turnovers their offense will be able to capitalize and win.
If the Eagles win against the Redskins, it gives them a one week edge up on the Cowboys and their struggling defense who are on a bye week. When they do return, the Cowboys have an easy schedule to finish with and the Eagles will have to control their own destiny and get and stay ahead in the division by continuing to win. But even if they can’t manage a way to be NFC East champs, the Eagles should have a spot in the post-season with the way the NFC conference is set up now.