The Redskins head up to Philly today to wrap up a disappointing 2011 season on the first day of 2012. The CSN Washington Redskins coverage team makes its final predictions with a resolution to do better next year.
Ryan O’Halloran (10-5)
This is the kind of game that is toughest to predict. Both teams are out of the playoff picture. Who knows what coach Mike Shanahan has up his sleeve in terms of playing time (or non-playing time) for several veterans. And who knows what Philadelphia’s mindset is after its disappointing season comes to end. The Eagles are nine-point favorites, but the Redskins have fared well recently in Philly both straight up and against the spread.
Eagles 27, Redskins 24
Jennifer X. Williams (8-7)
Sunday, the Redskins face the Eagles and a hostile environment at Lincoln Financial Field. With virtually nothing on the line but pride, can the Redskins have a winning record in the new year?
While I don't disagree, the 2011 Eagles are far from the 'Dream Team,' Vince Young fantasized earlier about this season. However, Michael Vick and company are coming off a 20-7 road win over the Cowboys and their victory over the Redskins earlier in season arguably was the beginning of the end of the Skins playoff hopes. We have also learned even if Rex Grossman throws 4 interceptions, he is still better than John Beck, but hopefully one of resolutions is to work on that little interception problem.
Last season versus Washington, Vick threw for 413 total yards and 6 TDs, which includes the Monday night massacre, but have we really seen the same level of unearthly athletic prowess from the QB? Just glimmers. With #7 you never know though, and something just tells me I jinxed it.
As for running backs, let's talk about Washington's situation. With Ryan Torain gone Roy Helu and Evan Royster have got to feel confident that they are being groomed by the burgundy and gold. Roy Helu will be back this week and after Evan Royster's 132-yard performance on 19 carries, it looks like the kid who had 3 consecutive 100+ yard games will have something to prove. As I am picking the glitter out of my hair after New Year's eve, I'll be watching the Skins running game.
I'd love to have a winning prediction record in 2012, but I'm placing my ball drop kiss on Sexy Rexy and Skins.
Hopefully, Washington can leave that devastating loss to the Vikings in 2011 and come out with something to prove Sunday.
Redskins 23, Eagles 17
Rich Tandler (9-6)
I pick Redskins games in a few different places around the Web and I usually try to be consistent in who I pick to win. And I have been consistent in picking the Eagles to win this game. But since Ryan’s record in making the picks sits at 10-5 and I’m a game behind at 9-6, I’m going to depart from my usual practice here. Since my only chance is if he gets it wrong and I get it right, here we go:
Redskins 31, Eagles 21