Not many would have guessed the Redskins would be leading the division and the "dream team" Eagles would be in last.
The Redskins are coming off a bye, which means they'll be well rested and very prepared to host the Eagles on Sunday afternoon.
Philadelphia has a lot of work to do, and should they fall to Washington for the Eagles' fifth straight loss, then the season is all but over.
With that said, let's dig into some specifics about this NFC East showdown.
Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD
When: Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Listen: 94 WIP in Philadelphia, ESPN 980 in Washington D.C.
Who Will Win on Sunday?
The Eagles are favored by -2, which is a big surprise to me. Philadelphia hasn't been playing very well, and the Redskins are at home and fresh off a bye week. Yes, the Eagles have more talented players, but the Redskins are playing very well right now, which was definitely unexpected.
What's at Stake?
The Eagles cannot afford to lose another game right now, or else chaos will ensue. Losing to another division opponents will spell bad news for Philadelphia, and one has to wonder if they'll make any drastic changes should the lose.
For the Redskins, they get a chance to prove they're not as bad as we thought they were. Chalking up another division win will keep them in first place in the NFC East and let other teams know that you can no longer walk all over Washington.
Philadelphia Injury Report
Defensive lineman Trent Cole (calf) and Cullen Jenkins (triceps) are the only players listed for the Eagles, according to CBS Sports. Cole missed last week, and it's unknown if he'll be OK to play on Sunday, and Jenkins has been limited at practice and remains questionable.
Washington Injury Report
Running back Tim Hightower (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday, as well as wide receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring) and linebacker Darrel Young (hamstring).
Fantasy Start 'Em Sit 'Em and Sleeper
If you have Michael Vick, then obviously, he is a must start for you. Other must starts in this game are DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Santanna Moss because of their abilities to make big plays.
Sit Tim Hightower because Mike Shanahan is going running back by committee, and since he's slightly banged up, the Redskins will be more willing to use Ryan Torian and Roy Helu, who are some sleepers for this game.
Another sleeper is Redskins tight end Fred Davis, who is owned in less than half of most standard leagues. He should have a solid day against the Eagles' less than stellar defense.
If you're looking for a guy to pickup or play in a deep league, then Eagles receiver Jason Avant or Redskins receiver Jabar Gaffney are good additions.
What They're Saying
I thought as the game went on, we continued to get better in most phases of the game. Reid said. I thought we did some good things there in the second half. We tackled better.
The defensive ends and tackles did a better job up front. I thought Juan did a good job of getting the guys in the position that he wanted them in. We tightened up a little bit and did a better job.
Should Andy Reid Be Fired if the Eagles Miss the Playoffs?
It's good that the Eagles can make adjustments, but they have to find a way to close out and win games. They found themselves in to big of a hole last week, and while they had a nice comeback, they still made mental errors that caused them the game.
Philadelphia will be better this week, but if they start slow once again or build a good lead heading into the fourth, they have to play smart football or they'll drop another game.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who is no stranger to running his mouth, told the Washington Post that the Redskins will be fully prepared to make sure they beat the Eagles this time around.
A team that has their backs against the wall, it’s going to make for a hell of a game. They’re going to pull out all of the tricks that they might’ve been saving for the playoffs and they’re going to try to come in here and win the game.
Last time they came in here and embarrassed us. We definitely know the weapons they have, the playmakers they have and the team speed they bring to the table. We’re definitely going to have to bring our ‘A’ game.
There's a different feel to how Washington is playing this year, and that certainly can be attributed to their winning record right now. I thought this was a good gesture from Hall because he could have made a mockery of the Eagles given their performance this year, but he chose the high road.
Although, there is still time left for him to say something he'd regret before Sunday's game.
Washington's first win of the season over the New York Giants gave the Redskins a great deal of confidence, which is another reason why the Eagles aren't 10 point favorites like many would have expected before the season began.
Philadelphia Player to Watch
DeSean Jackson had an 88-yard touchdown reception on the opening play the last time these two teams met at Fed Ex Field.
The Eagles' leading receiver is definitely the player to watch in this game because with his breakaway speed, he's bound to break open a big play sometime. He only has two touchdowns this season, and I fully expect him to have a great game on Sunday.
Washington Player to Watch
Rex Grossman claimed the Redskins would win the NFC East this season, and now he gets another chance to take down a division foe.
All eyes will be on this quarterback to see if he can win his second NFC East game on the year. The Eagles secondary can be daunting, which is why the Redskins will likely run the ball a bunch.
However, Grossman will be called upon to make the big plays in crucial moments, and it will be very interesting to see if he can deliver.
The Eagles defensive front vs. the Redskins run game is the key matchup on Sunday. Philadelphia is giving up an average of 140 rushing yards per game, and since Washington has three talented running backs, expect the Redskins to rely heavily on the ground and pound.
The defensive front has to step up and make big stops, or else it's going to be a long day for the Eagles.
This should be a close game through all four quarters, but the winner will come down to which team is better in the clutch.
The Redskins have the upper hand because they're well rested after their bye week, and they're playing at home.
However, the Eagles will be very motivated to win this game to avoid their fifth straight loss. I think the defense finally steps up and makes the necessary stops late in the game to pull out the victory.
The Eagles won't make the costly mistakes that have plagued them this season, and they'll turn things around with a solid win on Sunday. And no, I have no prediction on the health of Vick, but for the sake of Philadelphia fans, and all NFL fans because Vick is very exciting to watch, I pray he walks away unscathed this weekend.
Eagles 28, Redskins 24