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Eagles vs. Washington 2016 picks and predictions: Philadelphia expected to roll in NFC East matchup

The Eagles are in position to beat a Washington team that isn't as impressive as its record.

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The Philadelphia Eagles should get back on track against Washington following a tough loss to the Detroit Lions. In the waning moments of last week's game, the Eagles committed two costly turnovers: running back Ryan Mathews fumbled in the final minutes to set up the Lions' game-winning field goal, and on the following drive rookie quarterback Carson Wentz was picked off by cornerback Darius Slay to effectively end the game.

Considering Washington's secondary is the strength of its defense, this could be a difficult week for Wentz. Cornerback Josh Norman has had a strong season and will likely be matched up with No. 1 wideout Jordan Matthews. If that's the case, Wentz will probably have to throw to alternate options such as Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff, and Zach Ertz.

But even if the Eagles' passing game struggles, they should still be able to run the ball. Washington's rush defense has allowed the third-most yards in the league.

Though Washington is currently riding a three-game winning streak, this hasn't been a particularly impressive stretch. Washington defeated the Giants 29-27 in Week 3 after Eli Manning threw a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions, then beat up on the lowly Cleveland Browns the following Sunday. Last week, Washington snuck past the Baltimore Ravens 16-10.

Kirk Cousins has a penchant for turning the ball over and could struggle against the Eagles. Philadelphia's aggressive defense has surrendered the second-fewest points per game in the league and is the second-stingiest in terms of yards allowed.

Our experts at SB Nation expect the Eagles' defense to prevail, as eight of 10 think Philadelphia will win. Seven of eight analysts at CBS Sports predict the Eagles will be victorious and five of the nine ESPN analysts are also on board with Philly this week.

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