Week 2 Preview, Washington at Philadelphia

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In a key NFC East divisional battle, the Washington Redskins hope to continue their wave of good fortune when they face the winless Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Redskins are coming off a hard-earned, 16-13 overtime victory over the Miami Dolphins while the Eagles try to bounce back from a 16-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The Redskins got a mediocre performance from quarterback Jason Campbell (12-for-21, 222 yards, two interceptions), but got solid efforts from both running backs Clinton Portis (17 carries, 98 yards and a rushing TD) and Ladell Betts (17 carries, 59 yards) and a career day from wide receiver Antwan Randle El (5 receptions, 162 yards). The Eagles, conversely, got a mediocre performance from QB Donovan McNabb (15-for-33, 184 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) but got a solid effort from RB Brian Westbrook (20 carries, 85 yards; 6 receptions, 46 yards).

The Redskins will need an improved effort by Campbell against a solid Eagles secondary and a recurrence of a solid effort by both Portis and Betts to be successful on Monday night. The Eagles will naturally need an improved effort by McNabb and a repeat performance by Westbrook for the Eagles to win this contest. The Eagles should be able to matchup well against the Redskins LB in the short passing game. The Redskins running game will be productive but will not be able to compensate for the beating I expect the Eagles defensive line to give Campbell as the Eagles should win this contest decisively.


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