With just over 24 hours remaining until the Eagles face the Redskins, we thought it was time to make some predictions. But not the usual kind..here are our three bold predictions for week four.
3: All three running backs to rush for 50 yards each
Last weekend saw perhaps a preview of what danger could be unleashed by the Eagles three headed monster. Ryan Mathews had over 100 yards rushing whilst Darren Sproles rushed for 17 but infamously set a record when scoring on a punt return and had 19 yards receiving. Whilst Murray’s status is still set to be a game time decision, our prediction is that should the former Cowboys running back make his return this weekend..you have to feel like Chip will spread the snaps a lot more evenly. You always go with the hot hand in Football and it’s evidently Mathews at the moment. Murray may not be 100% but if the Offensive Line can create the holes needed for Murray..(or Murray can adapt to the Eagles East-West running style) then there is no reason why he can’t push through a weak Redskins Defense for his first big game of the year. With Sproles and Mathews also in the backfield, a nice even spread of handoffs could and should see all running backs pick up significant yardage against a team who have struggled against the run this year.
2: Sam Bradford to throw for 400 Yards and no interceptions
Sam Bradford turned the ball over zero times against one of the toughest Defenses in the league. Against a weak secondary, Bradford’s accuracy should be highlighted and he should march down the field with ease. The short pass is going to be important here but if the former number one draft pick can finally build some confidence in throwing the ball down the field then we may see a complete explosion and evolution into the Quarterback he always could have been. He has all the weapons and some weak defenders trying to stop him…if there is a time for Bradford to have his big breakout..it’s now. He amassed 118 yards against New York and over 300 against Atlanta in week one. A combination of finally shaking off the rust, having plenty of time in the pocket and the perfect weapons to run deep routes should see Bradford put up some big numbers whilst his accuracy spares him of turning the ball over.
1: Nelson Agholor to break out
We have a whole article on this, but again..I strongly feel that this is the week we see the USC Product have a huge game. He constantly beat Darelle Revis against the Jets and found himself open constantly 20-30 yards down the field, but Bradford favoured the more reliable hands of Jordan Matthews who was often in coverage. Agholor will be lining up against Bashaud Breeland who gave up two touchdowns on ten targets or potentially a Culliver who is not 100%. Agholor’s burst speed is phenomenal. Byron Maxwell spoke very highly of it in camp and Revis left some motivational comments after the game too. It took one game for Jordan Mathews to break out…it’s going to take one big completion for this passionate speedster to achieve the same.