Bottom line is we cannot let the Eagles hang around late. We need to come out early and punch them in the mouth with an early touchdown and a lock down defense. If we do that, the boo birds will be out in Philly and the Eagles will be done before the opening quarter is over. But, if we come out and let them hang around the whole game, the Eagles will gain confidence and believe they can win the game in the 4th quarter to play spoiler. The crowd will get into it and the Eagles will be fired up. That will make the game a lot closer than it should be.
We need to set the tone with our defense and be balanced on offense as we have the last two weeks. Establish a strong running game with Portis and Betts to take pressure off of Brunell. We should dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Daniels needs to keep his play at the high level that got him 5 sacks in the last two games as opposed to the first 13 games where he only had two sacks. If we get to McMahon early, his confidence will be shaken and will be running for his life all day.
I have plenty of confidence in our D and doubt the Eagles put up more than 10 points against us. Our offense just needs to keep it up and put the game away early. Portis runs for at least 125 and a TD in a statement game letting the doubters know we have a legitament shot to beat any team in the league.
Prediction: Redskins 24 Eagles 10