EA­GLES, 27-23

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NL WEST - Red­skins RB Rob Kel­ley.

Con­sen­sus line: Ea­gles by 1 Who will win and why: The Ea­gles of­fense ended the pre­sea­son on a high, with all of its weapons click­ing in the first unit’s fi­nal ap­pear­ance. In par­tic­u­lar, the suc­cess of bruis­ing LeGar­rette Blount and elu­sive Wen­dell Small­wood run­ning be­hind a solid line doesn’t bode well for the Red­skins, whose de­fen­sive


line took a ma­jor hit with NT Phil Tay­lor’s sea­son-end­ing quadri­ceps tear. Red­skins QB Kirk Cousins has shown he can carry a team, and he has the weapons to do it. But if Ea­gles QB Car­son Wentz truly has im­proved and the line can keep Ryan Ker­ri­gan and Ju­nior Galette off his back, he should be able to score points.

uSTART: Ea­gles WR Al­shon Jef­fery. Past in­juries aside, Jef­fery is one of the NFL’s most elite, and his skill set should be on full dis­play against a Wash­ing­ton de­fense that ranked 25th against the pass last sea­son.

uSIT: Kel­ley came out of nowhere to post a solid rookie sea­son. While he will get the first crack to make an im­pact, rookie RB Sa­maje Per­ine could take some car­ries and the Ea­gles ranked in the top half of the league against the run last sea­son.

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