We spent most of 2012 hyping up the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles to be a battle of Michael Vick vs. the new Michael Vick.
We won't get to see it in Week 11, as Vick suffered a concussion in Week 10 against Dallas. New Vick—Robert Griffin III, that is—will be in action for the Redskins, looking to come back from a 3-6 start to salvage something of what's left of this season.
Philadelphia is also 3-6 and Andy Reid's seat continues to get hotter and hotter. Wins have been few and far between since the lucrative summer of 2011, and Philly fans continue to expect better results.
This NFC East matchup doesn't have the luster or draw it did at the start of the season, but we should get a battle of rookie QBs on one of the league's biggest stages. Here's a look at everything you need to know about this weekend.
When: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: FedEx Field; Landover, MD.
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Spread: Washington -4 (according to Bovada)
A favorite after the Vick injury and epic slide, Washington is a risky play. Nick Foles, the man who came in for Vick, is expected to start, and he did somewhat well in two quarters and change against Dallas.
Still, I'd take the Redskins to win outright. It's troubling giving up that extra point that would have equated to a field goal, but smart money is with the Skins this weekend.
Over/Under: 43.5 (according to Bovada)
These two teams could reach this number by halftime. Don't buy into Foles not being able to lead the offense—he threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter and finished with 219 yards.
We've seen what RG3 is capable of, so take the over in this one.
Injury Report via CBS Sports (as of 11/16/12)
Fantasy Start. Sit, Sleeper
Start — Redskins RB Alfred Morris
He hasn't found the end zone since Week 6, but Morris is a good bet to get back on track against a mediocre Eagles defense. Felix Jones had a nice day in Week 10 for Dallas and the rookie is due for a big day.
Before his streak of lackluster games, Morris was almost a sure bet for 90 yards and a touchdown. Look for him to have that kind of day against a worn down defense which should struggle against the rushing attack of RG3 and Morris.
Sit — Eagles TE Brent Celek
Since the 15-point outburst in Week 2, Celek has scored more than six points one time, and that was also the game he scored his last touchdown in.
Right now the pass protection is so bad that he can't seem to find any holes or creases to help his QB out. The Eagles have been forced to leave him in to help protect and his numbers continue to suffer. You can find a better TE for this week than this guy.
Sleeper — Eagles QB Nick Foles
219 yards in one half of football isn't bad work at all in your first NFL action. Foles is a pocket passer and he has weapons on the outside in Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson. He also has LeSean McCoy in the backfield.
Smart money says the Eagles rely on the run with a rookie making his first start, but Foles has earned Reid's trust very quickly. He's a sneaky bye-week fill in if you need a QB.
Key to Eagles Win — Give Foles Time in the Pocket
Easier said than done, right? Vick was yet again taking hits on Sunday against Dallas and as a result he won't see the field this week. With a very new guy now taking snaps, this offensive line can't let one sack balloon into three or four.
If they do it will be a long day, even against a defense that is in the bottom of many NFL categories, including secondary play.
Key to Redskins Win — The Right Play Calling Mix
The Redskins have fallen in love with the RG3 as a runner package and they haven't won since Week 6 as a result. This offense was clicking when RG3 was making things happen with his feet as a secondary option, not as an offense.
He's a gifted runner with world-class speed, but he's also a very accurate passer that can spread the field. Using the right mix of run and pass will be critical to keep Philly off balance and under-prepared to counteract what comes it's way.
Too much RG3 in this one, as the rookie with slightly more experience pays off. I think Foles makes a critical turnover that harms his team again, and Washington capitalizes. Big win for Mike Shanahan, big loss for Andy Reid.
Washington 35, Philadelphia 21
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.
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