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Redskins Set Sights On Philadelphia Eagles

Posted Dec 14, 2014

With today’s NFC East matchup against the New York Giants a thing of the past, the Washington Redskins now focus on Saturday’s home game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

With today’s NFC East matchup against the New York Giants officially a thing of the past, the Washington Redskins now turn their focus to their battle against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField.

The Redskins and Eagles kickoff Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in a matchup televised on the NFL Network.

The Eagles enter today’s action with a 9-4 record, and are tied for first in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys. Those two teams square off tonight at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday Night Football.

The Eagles have been consistent all season, and are yet to lose two straight games so far in 2014. They opened up the year with three straight wins over the Jaguars, Colts and Redskins, before suffering their first loss to the 49ers in San Francisco in Week 4. They then won two more – over the Rams and Giants – before dropping a Week 8 matchup to the Cardinals.

Since that time, the Eagles have gone 4-2, defeating the Texans, Panthers, Titans and Cowboys, and losing to the Packers and Seahawks.

The Eagles are led by second-year head coach Chip Kelly. Last season, Kelly became the second head coach in league history to win a divisional title in his first season in the NFL. Known for instilling a quick offensive pace, Kelly’s Eagles set several team records in 2013, including points scored (442), total net yards (6,676), touchdowns (53), passing yards (4,406) and fewest turnovers (19).

The Eagles also set an NFL record with 99 plays of 20-plus yards, and became the first team since the 1991 Buffalo Bills to lead the league in rushing while ranking last in time of possession.

The Eagles had five Pro Bowl selections last season: quarterback Nick Foles (who was named offensive MVP of the game), wide receiver DeSean Jackson (now with the Redskins), running back LeSean McCoy, guard Evan Mathis and tackle Jason Peters.

Philadelphia is coming off a 24-14 loss to Seattle at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday. In that game, the Eagles were dominated by a talented Seahawks defense, which allowed just 139 total net yards – including just 96 passing yards for quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is replacing an injured Foles.

Sanchez – who completed 10-of-20 passes – did throw two touchdowns, but also threw an interception to cornerback Tharold Simon. McCoy finished with 17 rushes for 50 yards, setting the franchise record for career rushing yards in the process.

Defensive end Fletcher Cox (11 tackles), linebacker Mychal Kendricks (11 tackles, forced fumble) and outside linebacker Trent Cole (nine tackles) led the defensive charge for the Eagles.

The Redskins are looking to avenge their 37-34 loss to the Eagles Week 3 in Philadelphia. In that game, Washington collected 511 net yards on offense – including 427 yards passing from Kirk Cousins – but Philadelphia just wouldn’t go away, using a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin to break a 27-27 fourth-quarter tie to take the lead for good.

Heading into tonight’s game against the Cowboys, the Eagles rank fifth in the NFL in total offense (394.8 yards per game), including 270.3 yards passing and 128.8 yards rushing per game. Defensively, Philadelphia ranks 24th overall (371.9 yards allowed per game).

Sanchez has completed 121-of-195 total passes (62.1 percent) for 1500 yards with 10 touchdowns to seven interceptions. McCoy is having another solid year for Philadelphia, with 259 rushes for 1,068 yards and four touchdowns, while Maclin leads the Eagles wide receivers with 74 catches with 1,109 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Defensively, Kendricks leads the Eagles with 65 tackles, while outside linebacker Connor Barwin has a team-best 13.5 sacks.

Game notes
Here’s some more facts and figures from Saturday’s Redskins-Eagles matchup in Landover, Md., courtesy of Redskins Public Relations:

  • The Redskins and Eagles will meet on a Saturday for the fifth time in series history. Washington is 2-2 against the Eagles in Saturday games, including a 31-30 win at Philadelphia on Oct. 1, 1955 and a 20-6 win at Philadelphia in the NFC Wild Card Round on Jan. 5, 1991.
  • The Redskins will attempt to even their all-time record in Saturday games at 24-24. The Redskins will seek their first Saturday victory since a 17-10 NFC Wild Card Round win over the Buccaneers on Jan. 7, 2006. The Redskins’ last regular season Saturday victory came on Dec. 24, 2005, against the New York Giants.
  • The Redskins are 41-35-3 all-time in regular season home games against the Eagles.

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