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Eagles-Redskins NFL Week 15 predictions 2019

Eagles-Redskins NFL Week 15 predictions 2019

The Eagles (6-7) head on the road to face the Redskins (3-10) at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon.

To the predictions: 

Reuben Frank (6-7)
This is a tricky one. Short Week. On the road. A Redskins team that’s 3-10 but is still competitive. A defense that’s 11th-best in the league since Week 5. And a rematch with the Cowboys looming a week later. Who the heck knows which Eagles team will show up at FedEx Field Sunday? The one that got embarrassed by the Dolphins and for a half against the Giants? Or the one that woke up after halftime Monday night?  Only three times in 13 games have the Eagles outscored their opponent in both halves (Jets, Packers, Bills), and it’s tough to win consistently when you can’t put together a complete game. Ultimately, I think they’ll find a way, like they did last week. But I fully expect the Eagles to scare the crap out of their fans for 2 1/2 hours before they escape Prince George’s County with a win.

Eagles 20, Redskins 17 

Dave Zangaro (7-6) 
This doesn’t feel like a slam dunk to me, but the Eagles should still win it. They’re facing a rookie quarterback and Jim Schwartz defenses have traditionally feasted on rookie quarterbacks. I don’t expect that to be any different on Sunday. Will the Eagles be able to score? That’s a more salient question and the answer is probably not a lot. But I think they’ll be able to do enough offensively to leave with a win and set themselves up for a Week 16 NFC title game the following week. 

Eagles 21, Redskins 16 

Derrick Gunn (6-7) 
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about this Eagles team this season, it's that every week is not just a job, it’s an adventure. What should have been a cakewalk against an inferior Giants opponent turned out to be a nail-biter. Now we move forward to another potential trap game. The Redskins are just as big of a mess as the Giants are. Jay Gruden didn’t even get to finish out the campaign. Bill Callahan now guides the 'Skins to the finish line of what has been a disaster of a year. Rookie Dwayne Haskins is playing a lot sooner than expected, and it has been a rocky road for him to say the least. In seven games, Haskins has completed just 55 percent of his passes. He’s averaging just 149.4 passing yards per game, with three touchdowns and seven interceptions, and has been sacked 26 times. The Eagles remember Terry McLaurin from the season opener. He is going to be a star in the future. Promising Derrius Guice is out for the year, which means 34-year old Adrian Peterson is their feature back. The Skins’ defense is ranked 18th overall, but 27th against the run. Yet they have the personnel to match up with the Birds’ depleted offense.

Speaking of the Eagles’ offense, Carson Wentz played like a franchise QB in the second half against the Giants, and they may need another heroic performance like that against Washington. If Nelson Agholor is unable to go, Wentz will be without his top three receivers, his Pro Bowl right tackle, and lead running back. Robert Davis, fresh off the practice squad, has been added to a wide receiving corp of Greg Ward Jr. and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Boston Scott showed he can be an effective change of pace from Miles Sanders. Scott, Davis, Whiteside, Ward and Josh Perkins are not names we thought the Eagles would be depending on to save the season, but it’s all they have. The Birds’ defense will do its job to keep the Skins scoring on the low side (hopefully remembering Miami). This one has ugly written all over it, but I’m taking the Birds to come out on the pretty side.

Eagles 19, Redskins 13

Ray Didinger (5-8) 
The Redskins aren't just the lowest ranked offense in the NFL. They are the lowest by a mile. They have scored just 188 points. The league average is 294. They are dead last in six different offensive categories. 

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins has three touchdown passes and seven interceptions. His passer rating is an abysmal 61.2. Tip of the cap to Adrian Peterson, who just became only the sixth back in NFL history to rush for 14,000 yards but at age 34, he can only do so much.

The Eagles' offense is short on healthy bodies but they should have enough to get past this wreck of a team. There is no home field advantage in Washington any more. The fans have abandoned the Redskins. It is a baseball and hockey town now. Nice work killing off a great franchise, Dan Snyder.

Eagles 23, Redskins 14

Andrew Kulp (7-6) 
This is a dangerous game. I don't have any sense the Eagles — with all their injuries on offense — are going on the road and blowing the doors off anybody, let alone a Washington showing signs of life the last few weeks.

That being said, I can't possibly pick Dwayne Haskins here, especially with the Eagles built to eliminate Washington's run game. It will be closer than it has any right to be, but that's what my pick boils down to.

Eagles 20, Redskins 17

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Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Another of the most qualified remaining candidates for the Eagles’ offensive coordinator vacancy is off the board.

Jay Gruden, recently fired after six mediocre years as the Redskins’ head coach, is close to joining the Jaguars to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Assuming the deal is completed, Gruden will become the Jaguars’ third offensive coordinator in three years. He replaces former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, fired last week after just one year in Jacksonville. DeFilippo replaced Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired and spent this past year in the same position with the Packers. DeFilippo was recently hired by Matt Nagy as QBs coach of the Bears.

Ten teams were in the market for an offensive coordinator when the regular season ended.

Of those 10, the Eagles are one of only two still hanging a "Help Wanted" sign on their front door. 

The other is the Vikings, whose offensive coordinator this past year, Kevin Stefanski, was named last week as head coach of the Browns.

Gruden, whose older brother John was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator under Ray Rhodes from 1995 through 1997 and is now head coach of the Raiders, spent 2011 through 2013 as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator before replacing Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Redskins in 2014.

His teams went 38-57 in six years and reached the playoffs only once, losing a wild-card game to the Packers in 2015.

In Jacksonville, Gruden will presumably be working with 2017 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who was the Jaguars’ opening-day quarterback this past year but was hurt much of the season and then benched later in the year for rookie Gardner Minshew.

It’s not known whether the Eagles had any formal interest in Gruden, but he was certainly one of the most intriguing remaining candidates for the opening.

The Eagles fired Mike Groh 12 days ago after two years as offensive coordinator one day after head coach Doug Pederson said both would remain on his staff.

Among the candidates the Eagles have been linked with who are now expected to remain in their current position are Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, Ravens QBs coach James Urban (who spent three years as Bengals WRs coach under Jay Gruden) and USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.

Other qualified candidates who are off the board include Chan Gailey, hired as Dolphins offensive coordinator; LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who was hired by the Panthers; Joe Moorhead, who was hired Tuesday as Oregon’s offensive coordinator; and former Eagles offensive coordinator and recently fired Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, who was hired as OC of the Broncos.

Earlier Tuesday, we outlined some of the top remaining candidates, including current Eagles position coaches Duce Staley and Press Taylor.

The Eagles also remain without a wide receivers coach, a secondary coach and a defensive line coach. The team fired receivers coach Carson Walch and d-line coach Phillip Daniels, and secondary coach Cory Undlin accepted the defensive coordinator position with the Lions.

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Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

The blueprint for the 2020 NFL Draft venue has been revealed and it's just what you would expect it to be in Las Vegas.

The draft has become quite a production in recent years, but this has to top all previous attempts if it's executed the way they're saying.

Reportedly, players will be transported to the stage by a boat. Which could be an epic moment for the draftees ... but could also add a significant amount of time to the already long night of events.

The red carpet stage has a more traditional look when it comes to a draft setting, but since it's Vegas, it's go big or go home.

There are currently mixed opinions about it all, but here are some of the funniest:

 

 

 


The draft will be held from April 23-25 where the Eagles currently hold the 21st overall pick.

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