- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Five more quick notes/thoughts four days before Eagles-Redskins:

1. Shawn Springs and Troy Vincent - who missed the Atlanta game with hamstring injuries - were at practice Wednesday afternoon. Jon Jansen, Casey Rabach, Kenny Wright and Todd Yoder did not work. Jansen will be hobbled the rest of the season by a bad calf but he sucks it up every Sunday to play.

2. Brian Westbrook will be the best player on the field Sunday. He leads Philadelphia with 177 rushes, 907 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns and 66 receptions. He has more than 1,400 yards total offense. And he could be the difference since the Redskins’ linebackers have struggled covering running backs the entire season. Only Westbrook, St. Louis’ Steven Jackson and San Francisco’s Frank Gore lead their team in rushing and receptions.

3. Interesting stat, courtesy of the Eagles: Philadelphia offensive tackles Jon Runyan and William “Don’t Call Me Tre” Thomas have made 111 starts together. The next-closest tackle tandem is the Redskins’ Jansen and Chris Samuels - 88 starts. Had Jansen not missed the entire 2004 season, they would have 104 starts.

4. Forget about the Redskins putting together a quick drive against Philadelphia’s defense. Although the Eagles rank 17th in yards allowed, only once in 144 opponent’s possessions have they allowed a quick-strike score (four plays or less).

5. The Eagles begin a stretch of three consecutive NFC East games on the road this week. That is Exhibit A of what’s wrong with the schedule. A team should never be forced to play that kind of slate this late in the season. In fact, I would make playing two consecutive road division games impossible, too.

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