The Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) will travel south this Sunday to take on the NFC East rival Washington Redskins (3-6).
Both teams experienced success early on in 2012, but their three-win records have them sitting at the bottom of the division behind Dallas (4-5) and New York (6-4).
Robert Griffin III—the Redskin's No. 2 overall pick from the 2012 NFL draft—has Washington's quarterback situation stronger than it has been in at least a decade.
Griffin is on pace for nearly 4,500 combined yards and could finish with over 1,000 rushing yards, while he remains an easy contender and likely favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Griffin's presence hasn't benefited the win/loss column for the six-loss Redskins, but a talent like Griffin under center gives Washington a chance to win every single week.
As for the Eagles, Michael Vick is out with a concussion and is expected to miss Sunday's game (according to Adam Schefter), which puts Philly at a disadvantage with backup Nick Foles running the offense.
No surprise considering Michael Vick's condition but Eagles plan to start Nick Foles vs. Washington on Sunday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2012
The Eagles may be missing their quarterback, but LeSean McCoy remains an elite running back in the NFL—despite his drop off in production—so he's more than capable of putting the offense on his back and leading the team to a victory.
This should be a hard-fought game between two division rivals desperate to show their fans that 2012 is not a wasted season.
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
When: Sunday, November 18, 1:00 p.m. ET
Watch: FOX, NFL Sunday Ticket (Live Stream)
Listen: Sirius 85
Spread: Washington -1.5 (Odds Shark)
Few would have denied that Philadelphia was the more talented team leading up to the season, but the Eagles' disastrous cold streak has them pegged as a beatable opponent for any NFL team.
Philadelphia has dropped five straight, while it has lost six out of the last seven games.
The Eagles are merely a shadow of the team that bested Baltimore in Week 2, and their recent failures have forced the fans to call for Andy Reid's job.
The Eagles are clearly deflated and struggling to show any signs of improvement, so it's no surprise that the Redskins have been labeled the favorites, despite their three-game losing streak.
With Washington also owning the home-field advantage and facing a backup quarterback, it's hard to go against them this week.
Over/Under: 46 (Odds Shark)
These two teams certainly have enough offensive firepower to exceed 49 total points in the game, but poor execution on offense as of late makes it doubtful.
The Eagles have been held under 20 points in three of their last five games, while they haven't exceeded 25 points even once this season.
The Redskins have also experienced struggles, as they've been held under 15 points in the last two games. Although, they have also surpassed 30 points on four occasions this season.
With the recent offensive mediocrity from both teams, the "under" is the safer option this week.
Philadelphia Eagles Injury Report (ESPN)
WR Mardy Gilyard (Hamstring)
WR Jeremy Maclin (Back)
WR Jason Avant (Hamstring)
QB Michael Vick (Concussion)
Washington Redskins Injury Report (ESPN)
S Brandon Meriweather (Knee)
WR Santana Moss (Concussion)
WR Pierre Garcon (Foot)
Note: Injuries updated on Tuesday, November 13. The first official injury report of the week will be released on Wednesday, November 14 and can be viewed at NFL.com.
QB Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)
Robert Griffin III has been a must-start for most fantasy teams since the beginning of the season, and that shouldn't change this week.
Philadelphia has solid numbers defensively—ranking 12th against the pass (225.3 yards per game) and 15th against the run (112.7 yards per game).
But with Griffin being a dual threat, the Eagles won't have the luxury of narrowing in on one aspect of the game. If they stack eight in the box, Griffin will go airborne. If they drop into coverage, Griffin will leave them in his dust.
RGIII should have a productive day no matter what.
RB Alfred Morris (Washington Redskins)
Rookie Alfred Morris has been a pleasant surprise for the Washington offense and has been very productive in the ground game.
Morris has 793 yards and five touchdowns on the season, giving him the second-highest rushing yards total for a rookie back, behind only Doug Martin in Tampa Bay (862 yards).
It's hard for Morris to standout on the same team as RGIII, but if Griffin went down with an injury tomorrow, Morris would very much be in the running for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
With that in mind, the Redskins will continue to prominently feature Morris in the game plan, and Sunday is no exception.
WR DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles)
DeSean Jackson has been one of the premier deep threats of the last five years, and he has continued his production in 2012.
With 686 yards and two touchdowns on the season, Jackson is averaging a solid 76.2 yards per game. Regardless of the lack of touchdowns, Jackson is still a dangerous fantasy asset.
However, he has been very hit-and-miss this season.
He has yet to put up 75 or more yards for two consecutive games this season, while he has only hit the 100-yard mark on two occasions.
With a backup quarterback in the mix, this is a good week to bench Jackson if you have a capable replacement.
RB LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles)
After reaching 1,624 yards from scrimmage and scoring 20 total touchdowns last season, there are bound to be fantasy owners upset over McCoy's modest five-touchdown total.
But if you were thinking of losing faith in McCoy, think again.
The injury to Michael Vick will have offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg scrambling to develop a new strategy, which will likely depend heavily on McCoy and the run game.
The Eagles are in a desperate state and need to secure a win quickly.
As ESPN's Skip Bayless pointed out on Twitter, there's more than bragging rights or divisional rankings at stake; there's quite possibly the job security of the Eagles' coaching staff.
I'm afraid we've seen the end of Andy Reid in Philly and Michael Vick as a starting QB in the NFL.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 13, 2012
A team can react two ways when the coach it respects is feeling the heat—it can roll over and let the pressure deflate it, or it can rally together and finish strong.
If the Eagles wish to save Reid's job, they need to get on a lengthy win streak, and a victory over Washington would be an excellent start.
As for the Redskins, their struggles are somewhat understandable since the team is technically in a rebuilding stage, but a strong finish could impact their future.
If the Redskins can gain some momentum in the second half of the season and come close to a .500 record, it will certainly give them confidence heading into the 2013 season.
Things should start picking up for Washington this Sunday.
With Michael Vick out of action, expect Washington to outscore the Eagles with an impressive game plan centered around RGIII.
Add in home-field advantage, and they have to be feeling good about their chances.
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