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Eagles need to beat Redskins and get some help

According to STATS
According to STATS

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins

  1. The Eagles beat the Redskins at home in Week 13, 28-13 -- it was the fifth consecutive win for Philadelphia over Washington in a Monday Night Football game. The Redskins have won four of the last six meetings in Washington after losing 10 of their previous 12 meetings with the Eagles at home.
  2. Philadelphia beat Houston at home last week, 32-30, keeping its playoff hopes alive and improving to above .500 for the first time since sitting at 2-1. The Eagles do not control their playoff destiny -- they need a win paired with a Bears victory over the Vikings to make the postseason.
  3. Washington lost to Tennessee on the road last week, 25-16. The Redskins have been held under 20 points in four straight games, their longest streak since failing to score 20 in four straight games between November 17 and December 8, 2013.
  4. If the Eagles fail to make the postseason, they will become the eighth defending Super Bowl Champion since 2000 to miss the playoffs the following season. The Redskins will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season -- they haven't won a playoff game since a 2005 Wild Card win over Tampa Bay.
  5. Nick Foles set a franchise record for passing yards last week, going for 471 yards through the air in the win over Houston. He became the fourth quarterback this season with at least 450 passing yards and four passing TDs in a game, joining Patrick Mahomes, Andrew Luck and Jared Goff. Donovan McNabb is the only other Eagles quarterback to accomplish this in franchise history (464/5 vs. GB on 12/5/2004).
  6. Adrian Peterson rushed for 119 yards in the loss to Tennessee, giving him 54 100-plus yard games in his career. Since his rookie year of 2007, that's 14 more than any other player (Chris Johnson, 40).
Team Comparison

22.9 Points 18.7
285.4 Pass Yds 212.6
96.1 Rush Yds 116.9
16 Takeaways 25

Two things have to happen for the Philadelphia Eagles to reach the playoffs.

The Eagles must beat Washington on the Redskins' home field on Sunday, and the Minnesota Vikings must lose to the Chicago Bears the same day.

The Eagles (8-7) stayed alive by beating the Houston Texans 32-30 on Jake Elliott's 35-yard field goal on the game's final play last weekend.

The temptation for players and coaches is to do some scoreboard watching during the game, but the Eagles are trying to focus on what they can control.

"The biggest thing is we have to take care of business," said Philadelphia defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. "We have a game to play and obviously somebody might say what's happening, but at the end of the day we have to win. We have to win this game right here in order to get into the postseason and that's what's really most important to this locker room right now."

The Eagles have won two in a row and four of their past five games to stay in contention.

Quarterback Nick Foles will get his fifth start of the season on Sunday, and he has been as effective recently as he was last season when he led Philadelphia to a Super Bowl victory.

In last week's win, Foles threw for a franchise-record 471 yards, but he was not the Eagles' quarterback when they beat the Redskins 28-13 on Dec. 3 in Philadelphia.

Carson Wentz was at quarterback that day, but he has since been sidelined with a back problem.

Things have not been going well for the Redskins (7-8). They have lost five of their last six games, including a 25-16 defeat against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Injuries have ravaged the team, and this week safety D.J. Swearinger was waived for repeatedly criticizing the coaching staff in public.

"The discussions were private," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said. "I had multiple discussions with him in previous instances. At the end of the day, we thought as an organization it was best for us to part ways. Obviously, he wasn't happy. He voiced his displeasure many, many times. At the end of the day, we thought it was best for him to let him go and best for us moving forward."

Injuries to quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy led the Redskins to sign Josh Johnson, who has started the past two games and will start again against the Eagles.

Johnson spent all day Christmas studying film at Redskins Park.

"I was here. I was here all day," Johnson said. "I've been with my family all year so we're good. They're good."

In the loss to Tennessee, Johnson was 13 of 23 for 153 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Clearly, momentum and motivation are on the Eagles' side.

"It's a division game, one of those games that's never easy," said Cox. "This is a team we see every year twice a year, so they know us and we know them. It'll be about who wants it more, which team shows up on Sunday. Obviously we're on a roll, but we have to be good again on the road."

"I think we're hitting our stride right now and hopefully we can get into (the playoffs)," said Philadelphia defensive end Brandon Graham. "I feel great. There's a lot of stuff going (for the Eagles to get into the playoffs), but I want to give ourselves a chance and that's win the game. The Vikings have a big chance against the Bears, but I like our chances as long we take care of business."

The Redskins' ground game is fueled by 33-year-old running back Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 119 yards in the loss to Tennessee and has 1,042 rushing yards for the season.

Undrafted rookie running back Josh Adams has become the Eagles' lead running back this past month, but his fumble with 5:30 to play last week and Philadelphia holding a 29-16 lead nearly cost his team a win.

"Any time, as a young runner, No. 1, you know when you're in your four-minute type offense, we always talk about two hands on the ball and what ended up happening is his left hand came off the ball and 41 (Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham) for them was able to get a hand on it, and great play by them," said Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. "Great learning experience for Josh, obviously."

Updated December 26, 2018

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