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Philadelphia @ Washington

I'm all over the Phillies here. The Eagles D has really begun to step up and the worst friend of mans' best friend is getting it done.

They go up against a Redskins side that looks as though it's in a very weird place: what Mike Shanahan was dong with that benching of McNabb is anyone's guess, but I hardly think it'll make for a happy sideline. As it is, McNabb is struggling with both hammys tweaked and has been below par all season - whether going up against his old team at home will fire him up remains to be seen.

McNabb has a limited set of options downfield (and Asante Samuel will sit on Santana Moss all game)and the run game is badly banged up, so he's going to have to look for guys like Cooley and Armstrong. Torain will carry the ball, but he's been limping around all season. Add in the protection problems which seem to be emerging for the 'Skins, with a sketchy O line and McNabb's lack of mobility (they have given up 17 sacks in the the last four games)and it doesn't look good; it gets worse - the Eagles D ranks in the top ten in all defensive categories.

On offense, Vick has improved elements of his game that used to be masked by his mobility. I never liked the way he would break up plays and then try and manufacture something: savvy and patient defenses could wait to exploit what was always on the brink of shambolic. Now he completes over 60% of his passes and has added some discipline and zip and hasn't thrown a pick in 125 attempts - although he got lucky last week when the Colts missed a couple, including a pick-six.

Vick has options downfield and likes to go deep, he should have some success against a weak Washington secondary and look for Vick to find DeSean Jackson deep at some point. LeSean McCoy mixes it up on the ground and is a nice option catching out of the backfield too, so the Eagles have the balance I like to see in a team I'm preparing to invest in.

This is one of the famous revenge games that punters seem to look for (it's a rotten system) but the Phils won't have forgotten Week 4.

Pick: Philadelphia -3.5 (4pts) 10/11
Pick: 1st TD Michael Vick (0.5pt) 25/1
Pick: Anytime TD DeSean Jackson (1pt) Evens

Pick: TD Yardage Supremacy: Philadelphia/Washington Buy @ 20 (0.5pt)
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