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Redskins vs. Eagles: Who has the edge?
REDSKINS RUN OFFENSE VS. EAGLES RUN DEFENSE
How running back Roy Helu bounces back after sitting out last week because of injuries—if he does at all—remains to be seen. Philadelphia ranks in the middle of the pack in both the conference and the league against the run, allowing 146.7 yards per game.
REDSKINS PASS OFFENSE VS. EAGLES PASS DEFENSE
Jason Babin and Trent Cole may be the best pass-rushing defensive end combination in the league as the two combine for 28 sacks–including 18 from Babin, who is second in the league. Redkins rookie left tackle Willie Smith, who will face Cole, has been sufficient since making his professional debut three weeks ago, while right tackle Jammal Brown has been limited by groin and hip injuries in recent weeks.
EAGLES RUN OFFENSE VS. REDSKINS RUN DEFENSE
Washington head coach Mike Shanahan believesLeSean McCoy might be the best running back in the league at this point, but McCoy has been hampered by an ankle injury. Still, the Eagles figure to give the third-year back, who has 1,309 yards, a shot at finishing as the NFC rushing champion.
EAGLES PASS OFFENSE VS. REDSKINS PASS DEFENSE
DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and tight end Brent Celek have combined to catch 48 passes for 700 yards, and McCoy has also shown he has no difficulty catching a pass out of the backfield. QB Michael Vick, who will surpass 3,000 yards passing against the Redskins, is sixth in the league at 7.01 yards per completion.