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Political Football: Unvarnished expectations

By Senator-elect Pat Toomey

Pennsylvania Senator-elect Pat Toomey expects the Eagles to deliver a "shellacking" like the one President Obama acknowledged receiving from Republicans Nov. 2.

If last week's election midterm elections are any sign, Washington's Redskins can expect a decisive "shellacking" when they march onto Fed Ex field Monday night to face the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sure, there's no Gallup poll or Real Clear Politics average to rely on, but there are plenty of stats to back up this bold assertion.

The Eagle's triumphant 26-24 victory over the Colts last week was just a sign of things to come. Just take a look at ESPN's power rankings this week, with the Birds sitting pretty in 8th place and the Skins stuck all the way down at a dismal 18th. With the wind at the Eagles' backs, I sense a big reversal of fortunes from the Birds October 3rd loss at Lincoln Financial Field.

Remember that before that fateful loss, Governor Ed Rendell wrote on these pages that fans in Washington were thanking him for sending quarterback Donovan McNabb their way. Since then, the Skins have lost 2 out of their last 3 games. To make matters worse, they are coming off a loss to the Lions in which McNabb played so poorly, he was benched with less than two minutes to go in the game. Ouch.

If that's not a sign of an impending "shellacking" I don't know what is.

At the same time, the Eagles' new quarterback, Michael Vick, is back from the injury he suffered at the hands of the Redskins and has yet to throw an interception this season. That is an unusual and phenomenal stat, especially for Eagles fans of the McNabb era. Vick is only the 7th quarterback in NFL history with 100 passing attempts an no picks this far into a season.

I sense an encore of last week's performance at Lincoln Financial Field field with lots of receptions by DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. I predict a decisive 28-10 victory.

By Senator-elect Pat Toomey  | November 11, 2010; 1:32 PM ET
 
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