As ever, these are our crackerjack staff’s predictions for Week 16. Make yours down in the comments. Whoever comes closest gets to make a guest post on this here weblog.
JP Finlay: Redskins, 27-24
Maybe I’m nuts but I kinda think the Skins roll. That’s the public side in Vegas though (split is currently 65/35), which makes me a bit more reluctant. Kirk is hot, Bradford is not.
Matt Terl: Eagles, 27-24
I want to believe, man. Me and Fox Mulder. But it’s a primetime game, against a division opponent — the Eagles, no less! The guys on the other side of such memorable hits as “Albert Haynesworth lays there” and “Chip Kelly’s new offense turns into a shredder”! The terrifying power of narrative overwhelms any other game analysis for me. Doom. Doom. Doom.
Todd Davis: Redskins, 28-27
Shit is real now and It. Is. Terrifying. Thanks to Festivus timing up right, I’m going to be in DC watching with our people this weekend and that only makes it scarier. But while I normally agree with Terl’s “huge primetime game = certain death” theory I’m feeling like things have turned lately and the team is believing. Maybe it’s the Caps-looking-like-Golden-State effect rubbing off, but for some reason this reminds me more of the last great Gibbs 2.0 run in ’07 when the Skins had to go win on the road vs. the Giants and a strong Vikings team post-Sean Taylor to complete the narrative.
Andy Peden: Eagles, 30-24
My head says Terl is correct, my heart is with Todd. The tie breaker is the Eagles -3. That line smells fishy.
Chris Mottram: Redskins, 34-24
Just two weeks after being completely embarrassed, 38-0, the Falcons must once again take on the Panthers? This seems cruel and unusual. Neither team technically has anything left to play for in the regular season, but Carolina still has plenty of doubters to prove wrong. Plus that whole perfect season thing. It’s gonna be a blowout, again.
Jack Kogod: Eagles, 31-27
Jamie Mottram: Redskins, 27-17
The Skins won the first matchup, at FedEx, on a last-minute TD. Since then, they’re 5-5 and the Eagles are too. The Skins have a -16 point differential on the season, and Philly is -44. The Skins are 1-5 on the road, Philly is 3-4 at home. These are two exceedingly average teams, and there’s not a whole lot of separation, is my point. If you look at the past couple of months, though, Philly has, aside from beating New England, struggled throughout. The Skins, however, have, aside from losing to Dallas, taken care of business. Saturday night, they will again.
Composite prediction: Redskins, 27-26