Hey, you remember how this works, right? I hope so, we’ve done it for years.
Anyhoo, our Redskins-loving “staff” makes predictions in the post, readers make predictions in the comments, and the commenter who comes closest to predicting the final score gets to make a guest post. Hip-hip!
Chris Mottram: Redskins, 30-24
With the tempo of Chip Kelly’s offense, the Eagles’ defense will likely be on the field a lot. Which is excellent news for the Skins, because the Eagles’ defense is awful. Philly will score, but won’t be able to stop RGIII … enough to win, anyway.
Matt Terl: Redskins, 38-35
Thank goodness for this stupidly early kickoff otherwise I’d probably have an aneurysm waiting for the game to start.
JP Finlay: Redskins, 28-24
Skins are going to win. That offense will score. The Eagles will too, but the Skins D will make some stops and generate some turnovers. Expect a few Michael Vick holy shit plays, but RG3 will make a few too. Should be a lot of fun, with a lot of yards, but I think not quite as high scoring as most predict. Tight in the end.
Andy Peden: Redskins, 31-17
RGIII looks good and Morris looks better but the story is Haslett and the D. Since he doesn’t know what Kelly is going to do and Vick has historically struggled with the blitz, Jimmy decides to hammer Vick. He gets off two long TD passes in the 1st half but Vick gets knocked out in the 3rd Q.
Todd Davis: Redskins, 38-24
The schedule is brutal, RGIII’s knee is a concern, not actually convinced just yet Orakpo is any type of savior for a shaky D and the rookies will make mistakes in the back. But to hell with all that, I’m unbelievably bullish on this team. The ’91 team better look out in terms of historical Washington dominance. Most of all, I kind of love that the cap hit has hamstrung Dannyboy and forced continuity (even if a little help to cover the suspensions and injuries would have been nice). Unlike the Nats, who brought back almost everyone and apparently fell into a coma of sameness, this squad is going to be a stunningly efficient killing machine on offense and while giving up quite a bit on D, will balance it out with big plays.
This week, Eagles speed out of the gate, take a halftime lead, and Gruden gets all wound up, but it’s a long game and Washington explodes in the second half.
Jack Kogod: Redskins, 34-31
ROLL DAMN WARPATH*
(*change the name though)
Me: Redskins, 28-21
RGIII returns, Chip Kelly debuts, Week 1, MNF, Redskins-Eagles … this game is perfect.
Composite prediction: Redskins, 32-25