Washington has been gaining yards and putting points on the board right away, but all that has done is make the other guys mad. The Eagles, by contrast, lie down early and then try to rally, as they did when they fell behind the Broncos 28-0 on Sunday before finally losing 41-16. So why do I like Washington? I don't. But I've got to pick somebody, so I'll go with a formula I just made up—always pick a loser when it's on the road against another loser.
Whether or not he beats the Skins' Norv Turner in the first-coach-to-get-fired sweepstakes, Ray Rhodes will get something out of Philadelphia sometime. This should be the week. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is nuts if he believes—as he says he does—that the Birds have the talent to finish 8-8. But they do have a quarterback, Bobby Hoying, who's bound to have a good game sometime, and enough toughness to beat the Skins, whose tackling suggests a team schooled on two-hand touch.