NFC East Prediction: Washington Redskins clinch tonight

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

This evening, the Washington Redskins (7-7) and the Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) face off at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. They’ll kick off at 8:25 pm on the NFL Network.

If the Redskins win, they’ll clinch the NFC East with an 8-7 record. It would be their first NFC East crown since Robert Griffin III‘s rookie season in 2012.

Kirk Cousins (Getty Images)

Kirk Cousins (Getty Images)

It’ll also be the second time that the Redskins cost the Eagles an opportunity at the playoffs. Last season, right before Christmas, the Redskins defeated the Eagles at FedEx Field in Landover, MD to ruin their hopes.

The Redskins will win 35-23 over the Eagles in our simulation.

The Eagles led in time of possession with 31:20 to the Redskins’ 28:40. Yet, Washington had 405 yards to Philadelphia’s 316 yards.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who received the player of the game award, went 19-29 for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Sam Bradford, the Eagles signal caller, went 17 of 31 for 194 yards and two touchdowns.

Ryan Mathews led the Eagles with 56-yards, while Darren Sproles had 48-yards and a touchdown. DeMarco Murray, who hasn’t been happy all season with his role, had nine carries for 39-yards. Kenjon Barner had four-yards and Bradford added two-yards.

Last week, Murray had just two carries for three-yards. That was his lowest since his 13-carry, two-yard performance against his former Dallas Cowboys teammates in Week 2.

Jordan Matthews had 80-yards for the receiving corps. Rookie Nelson Agholor and Riley Cooper added 26-yards and a touchdown each. Josh Huff had 24-yards while rookie Jonathan Krause added 18-yards.

The Redskins were led in rushing by Alfred Morris with 93-yards and a touchdown. Matt Jones had 36-yards, while Pierre Thomas had six-yards and a touchdown. Cousins had -1-yards.

If Morris puts up these numbers, it’ll be his best game since his 15 carry, 92-yard performance against the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 15. It’ll also be his second best game of the season as he had a 25 carry, 121-yard game in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

The Redskins receivers were led by Jordan Reed, who had 82-yards and a touchdown. DeSean Jackson had 66-yards and two touchdowns against his former team. Jamison Crowder added 43-yards and Pierre Garçon had 41-yards. Morris added 34-yards and Ryan Grant had nine-yards. Darrel Young had three-yards.

Thomas scored on a five-yard run with 56 seconds left in the game to give the Redskins a 35-23 lead. Agholor cut the lead to 28-23 when he caught a five-yard touchdown reception from Bradford with 3:31 left in the game.

Morris had a one-yard touchdown run to increase Washington’s leads to 28-16 with 6:33 left.

Cooper had a 10-yard touchdown reception from Bradford as they were down just five at 21-16.

Proles scored on a 14-yard run in the third quarter. However, Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis missed the extra point as the score went to 21-9.

Jackson scored his second touchdown on a nine-yard touchdown reception with 36 seconds left in the first half. The Redskins led 21-3 at this point.

Struts made a 32-yard field goal with 9:52 left in the second to cut the lead to 14-3.

The Redskins jumped out on the Eagles early as they scored two touchdowns. Reed caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Cousins for the early 7-0 lead.

Jackson had a 14-yard touchdown reception from Cousins to make it 14-0.

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