Week 17 Preview: Eagles at Redskins

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Philadelphia plays for a playoff berth while the Redskins just play for a distraction from the distractions

What had started off as a promising 2018 campaign at 6-3 and a hold on the NFC East quickly turned into that GIF of a dumpster fire being washed away in flood waters.  The Redskins are trying to salvage another average season at home instead of playing for January football.  With players having to answer questions about whether they were asked about alleged domestic abuser Reuben Foster, to D.J. Swearinger’s continuous emotional outbursts after losses, and their thoughts about the organizations culture.  The last game of the season will act like more of a distraction for the players than preparing for the end of the season.

The Philadelphia Eagles come to Landover, Maryland this afternoon with the hopes of sneaking into the playoffs as a 6-seed.  The Eagles, behind Nick Foles (aka Saint Nick, aka BD Nick), have started to peak at the right time, but will need help to truly defend their Super Bowl title.

The Redskins have put a franchise record 24+ players on injured reserve this year, including veteran Tight End Vernon Davis who could have potentially seen his last action as a Redskins against the Titans.  Josh Johnson will be looking to take a rag tag group of offensive linemen and weapons and put some impressive film together heading into the 2019 season as a potential starting Quarterback for Washington.  Adrian Peterson will also see some time on the field today to add to his 1,000-yard mark and raise other teams’ interest and price tag in the offseason.

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On the defensive side of the ball Ryan Kerrigan, the ever-steady hand, will be looking to set a career high of sacks in a season at 14.  He only needs two to reach this mark and it can be done against a banged-up Eagles offensive line.  In addition to Kerrigan, Redskins fans will be keeping an eye on both HaHa Clinton-Dix and Deshazor Everett.  Clinton-Dix will be playing his last game as a Redskin before hitting the free agent market.  It is believed that he could come back to Washington in 2019, but with his play since coming here and other highly impressive free agents, it will be unlikely.  Everett will be taking D.J. Swearinger’s place in the line-up now that the outspoken safety is in Arizona.

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Even with all the moving and shifting of players on the Redskins roster, the line only moved a half of a point from +6.5 to +7.  Vegas clearly thinks Philadelphia is the better team.  I am surprised that it has not been pushed further to double digits.  Unfortunately, the Redskins will lose to the Eagles today in the home finale and finish under .500 for another year in the Bruce Allen era.  2019 could not come soon enough for those with a bright future in the burgundy and gold.

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