Records: Eagles 3-6, Redskins 3-6
Line: Redskins by 31/2
TV Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (FOX)
Radio: 97.3, 94.1 FM, 610 AM
Forecast: Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Northeast wind 6 to 10 mph (NFLweather.com).
David Weinberg’s pick: RGIII outplays NFL. Redskins 27, Eagles 21 (season record: 3-6)
Last time met: The Eagles earned their fourth straight victory to close out the 2011 season with a 34-10 win over the Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on Jan. 2, 2012. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick threw for 335 yard and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Chad Hall, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and running back Dion Lewis caught TD passes.
Eagles’ best-case scenario: Rookie quarterback Nick Foles plays well in his first start and helps the Eagles snap their five-game losing streak. Foles throws for 250 yard and two TDs and does not commit a turnover. Running back LeSean McCoy gets 25 carries for 150 yards. The offensive line does not give up a sack. Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III throws two interceptions and no TD passes.
Eagles’ worst-case scenario: The Eagles lose six in a row for the first time since dropping their final seven games of the 1994 season under coach Rich Kotite. Foles is overwhelmed by the pressure and throws three interceptions. McCoy is bottled up. The line gives up seven sacks. Griffin throws for 300 yards and runs for 100.
Keep an eye on: Redskins running back Alfred Morris (No. 46). Griffin gets all the attention, but Morris is also having a fine season. The rookie ranks seventh in the NFL in rushing with 793 yards and five TDs on 164 carries.
Notable numbers: Redskins lead series 79-71-6, but Eagles have won three straight and five of the last six meetings. ... Eagles are 6-1 in their last seven NFC East games. ... Eagles are 52-34 against NFC East under coach Andy Reid. ... Redskins have lost three straight and four of their last five. ... Both the Eagles and Redskins have just 14 sacks this season in nine games.
Assessing the offenses
Eagles: Their 23 points against the Cowboys was one short of the season high. Foles’ two turnovers raised the season total to 21. Only Kansas City (30) has more turnovers. Foles will be the first rookie quarterback to start a regular-season game for the Eagles since Donovan McNabb in 1999. Danny Watkins will start at right guard after missing three games. Dennis Kelly is expected to replace King Dunlap at right tackle. Wide receiver Jason Avant (strained hamstring) will miss his first game since 2008. Place-kicker Alex Henery has made 14 straight field goals, but missed an extra point last week.
Redskins: They’ve been inconsistent as far as scoring. They put up 38 points against Minnesota on Oct. 14 but scored just 25 total points in their last two games. They have the second-ranked rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 164.6 yards per game. Morris, a sixth-round pick from Florida Atlantic, has been a surprise. Griffin leads all NFL quarterbacks in rushing with 529 yards and six TDs on 81 carries. He’s also the ninth-ranked passer. They don’t have much of a receiving corps. Wide receiver Joshua Morgan leads the team with 29 receptions.
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Assessing the defenses
Eagles: They didn’t play that badly against the Cowboys. Of the Cowboys’ 38 points, only 17 were scored against the Eagles’ defense. The pass rush is starting to improve with five sacks in the last two games. Defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole have been disappointments, yet rookie Vinny Curry still can’t get on the field. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is coming off his worst game of the season. Eagles have one interception in the last five games and none in the last three.
Redskins: Like the Eagles, they have had trouble putting pressure on quarterbacks except for linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who leads the team with 41/2 sacks. Their 10 total interceptions are tied for sixth in the league, though their secondary is not considered very good. Two of their best defensive players, end Adam Carriker and linebacker Brian Orakpo, are on injured reserve.
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Assessing the coaches
Eagles: Reid is on his way out
Redskins: Mike Shanahan has seemingly given up on the season
EDGE IS EVEN
Eagles: They are in desperation mode
Redskins: No pressure because they’re in rebuilding mode
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Mark Maske, Washington Post
“The cause for optimism at Redskins Park isn’t necessarily tied to the team’s play. The Redskins, after all, lost their final three games before the bye to drop their record to 3-6. Instead, the hopeful talk is based on a glance at the Redskins’ schedule. They play their next three games against NFC East foes.”
Eagles middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59) vs. Morris (46): Ryans is the main reason why the Eagles are the only team in the NFL that has not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.
Morris has topped the mark three times this season and Griffin did it once.
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