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VegasInsider.com says that the 'Skins are a one point favorite. Yikes.
Is this an issue of where the Eagles are getting too much respect for the talent they have versus how they are really playing? Normally, one would look at this and see Washington getting the three point home field advantage and think to themselves that on a neutral field, Philly is the favorite. So, how is this going to play out?
When we last saw Washington playing, Ryan Torain ran like crazy against a bad St. Louis defense. That's the lasting memory most have. In reality, Tim Hightower has averaged less than four yards a carry and sat in week four due to injury. Rex Grossman has played okay, not great. His six touchdowns and five interceptions aren't exactly setting the world on fire.
Philly is 1-4. Not much else to say. They've looked as pathetic as their record indicates. It's beyond gut-check time for Andy Reid and his team. It's passed put up or shut up. In the words of Al Davis, "Just win, baby." That's all this team needs to worry about.
The teeth of their defense is soft. Their linebackers are average at best. Their strength is their secondary and those players are not even being used to capitalize on their strengths. Much is being made about bringing in a defensive consultant. They need to just line up and play football.
As poor as they have looked, the Eagles are averaging 25 points a game. Away from home, a division rival. While they may not turn their season into anything, they pull it together for this game and win.