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Redskins vs. Eagles: Keys to the game
The Redskins have had their share of problems containing and stopping dual-threat quarterbacks this season—including Philadelphia’s Michael Vick, who had seven carries for 54 yards in the first meeting between the two teams on Oct. 16 at FedEx Field. Vick has completed 59.6 percent of his passes this season, putting him 11th of 16 quarterbacks in the NFC, but he has 2,968 yards and has thrown 15 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. In his ninth year, the quarterback has proven to be as unpredictable as any other player in the league.
It’s entirely possible Rex Grossman will be playing in his final game with the Redskins, though the quarterback can help dictate his future with a victory. He can demonstrate his value to the team with a strong performance. And defeating the Eagles would also push Washington further back in the draft order, making it less likely the team could obtain a top-flight quarterback. Worth watching: Grossman threw four interceptions against Philadelphia the first time, leading to his benching in the fourth quarter and a three-game exile.
PREDICTING THE FUTURE
This game will be the last chance for several players to increase their potential value on the free agent market or make a statement that they want to return to the team next season. In addition to the quarterback, rookies Roy Helu and Evan Royster are jockeying for position in the rotation at running back, cornerback Bryon Byron Westbrook is getting a shot to play nickelback and defensive end Adam Carriker and center Will Montgomery are free agents. One more strong game will be important for individual value entering the offseason.