NFL Week 11: Eagles vs. Redskins

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Nov 2012

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Philadelphia Eagles (+4) @ Washington Redskins (-4) Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 1 p.m. ET

As arguably the most disappointing team in the NFL for two seasons running, the Philadelphia Eagles haven’t been able to get it going once again under head coach Andy Reid and with superstar quarterback Michael Vick under center. The combination of quarterback and coach looks great on paper, along with all the talent on both sides of the football, but it hasn’t resulting in a winning football team after a season and a half of tinkering. Over the past few weeks, the rumors have run rampant in the city of Philadelphia with Reid rumored to be on his way out and Vick headed to the bench. Not only will Vick head to the pine, but he might also be done as a starting quarterback in the NFL for the rest of his career. In Week 10, Vick knew that his job was on the line as well as the team’s playoff hopes. The Eagles were hosting the arch division rival Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field and still couldn’t get the job done with all the implications surrounding the team from top to bottom headed into the pivotal divisional matchup. Along with losing to the Cowboys in Week 10, the Eagles also lost Vick early due to a concussion he sustained. Vick’s head injury was severe enough to send him to the locker room in Philadelphia and put rookie quarterback Nick Foles under center to finish the rest of the game. Although Foles wasn’t terrible in his NFL debut last weekend, the Arizona standout wasn’t able to do enough to led Philadelphia to victory over the team within the division that was arguably in the same position as the Eagles. Heading into Week 10’s showdown with another divisional opponent in the Washington Redskins, Vick has been ruled out with a concussion. As a result, Foles will get the first NFL start of his career and will be under enormous pressure to produce against the lowly Redskins. Although the Redskins have one of the worst pass defenses in the league heading coming into Week 10, Foles doesn’t have the luxury of protection with the Eagles sporting one of the worst offensive lines in football this season. With that being said, it’s likely Foles will be running for his life on Sunday with the Redskins’ pass rush constantly in his face. At this point in time, Foles and company are the underdogs heading into the nation’s capital with a +4 point spread. Although Philadelphia may bounce back, taking Robert Griffin III to lead Washington to a fourth win on the year is a safe bet.

Prediction: Redskins -4

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