NFL Picks Week 6: Michael Vick Will Lead Eagles to Big Victory over Redskins

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brody Wheeler/Getty Images)
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After finishing last in the NFC East division last season the Washington Redskins find themselves atop the division with a 3-1 record, and now must face a desperate Philadelphia Eagles team that has to win this game to remain in the playoff hunt.

The Eagles are on their first four-game losing streak in nearly six seasons, and the pressure is mounting in Philly.

Quarterback Michael Vick will bounce back from his four-interception performance last week against the Buffalo Bills and lead the Eagles to a crucial division win.

A few of Vick's interceptions last week were unlucky ones, and the Washington defense doesn't have the athletic playmakers the Bills defense does.

Washington was the venue of arguably Vick's greatest game ever, a 59-29 rout of the Redskins last November. At one point in the second quarter the Eagles led 35-0.

It's a game Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan hasn't forgotten.

"I think the people that were here last year understand that we were embarrassed pretty good," Shanahan said. "They took it to us, both offensively, defensively, special teams and coaching."

Trying to avenge that loss will be a goal for Washington this week, and the Eagles will be the best opponent they've faced this year.

The Redskins have not played a very tough schedule, and two of their three wins were against the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams, who are two of the worst teams in football.


Vick and the Eagles should get back to their offensive strength, and that's running the ball often with LeSean McCoy. 

McCoy should be able to run on the Redskins defense with relative ease, and he should be a factor in the passing game too with screen passes and check-downs.

If Michael Vick can take care of the ball and convert red-zone opportunities with touchdowns, the Eagles should get a much needed win to steer their season in the right direction.

The Eagles have turned the ball over 15 times this season, which is the most in the NFL and is three more than the next team.

Vick said in an ESPN article this week that perhaps his teammates are trying too hard to be successful.

"I think guys are just trying so hard to make a play," Vick said. "We know what we're capable of, we know what we can do."

Vick will lead the Eagles to a massive on on Sunday, and save Philadelphia's season for at least another week.