WHY THIS IS THEIR BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON

Washington Redskins (2-2) at Eagles (5-1), Monday, Oct. 23, 8:30 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles can put even more distance between them and the rest of the NFC East by sweeping the season series from the Redskins. Washington is in second place in the division. A fifth straight victory would also strengthen the Eagles’ bid to get a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.

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Evaluating the Eagles

Observations from the 28-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers:

Wide receiver Nelson Agholor: Another creative touchdown celebration.

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox: Welcome back.

Place-kicker Jason Elliott: Tied franchise record for most 50-plus field goals ... in a career.

Cornerback Jalen Mills: Big interception was sweet redemption.

Tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Decent effort after a rough start.

Coach Doug Pederson: Going for two was another gutsy decision.

Evaluating the secondary

The defensive backs had a tough time avoiding penalties. Mills was called twice for pass interference. But the unit rebounded with three interceptions against Cam Newton. Cornerbacks Rasul Douglas and Patrick Robinson both had an interception for the second straight game. Mills essentially sealed the win with a late pick.

Three-and-out with Doug Pederson

After Thursday’s game:

Q: How close were you to sitting Fletcher Cox for one more game?

A: He was playing. There was no way I could sit him. This was too important to him.

Q: Carson Wentz took a lot of punishment early in the game. Were you impressed with how he handled it?

A: One thing about this kid is he’s so tough mentally and physically. He doesn’t let that stuff get to him. He’s a great leader of this football team, and the guys really respect the way he plays.

Q: How do you feel about being 5-1?

A: We’ve put ourselves in a really good position, but the season’s not over.

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Member of The Press sports staff since 1986, starting my 25th season as The Press Eagles' beat writer. Also cover boxing, MMA, golf, high school sports and everything else.

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