Game 10: Redskins @ Eagles
Will the Redskins deliver in THIS must win game? Reddit awaits your take!
FOX has the doubleheader this week with MOST of the nation getting San Francisco @ New Orleans at 4pm. Most of Texas, the upper Midwest and the mid-Atlantic through the Northeast get Green Bay @ the New York Giants. Baltimore @ Chicago is the 1pm CBS game for much of the nation, including the mid-Atlantic. As for the Redskins @ Eagles, much of the nation gets our game, except for Arizona, NFC North and NFC South territory. Of note, NBC wisely swapped out the Green Bay- Dallas game for Kansas City @ Denver.
Before we move on from the loss in Minnesota, I cannot help but reflect. We may very well point to that game as the one that cost the team a playoff spot. Following Sunday’s MUST WIN game in Philadelphia, the Redskins play four of the next five at home. Wins over the Vikings and Eagles would put the team at 5-5 with that stretch of home games and frankly in the NFC East driver’s seat. OK, enough of that.
The Redskins will be looking to avenge the 33-27 season opening home loss to the Eagles on Sunday, when they travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The game matches the NFL’s top two running backs (yards per game) with the Eagles LeSean McCoy and Alfred Morris of the Redskins.
Philadelphia enters the game at 5-5, tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFL East. Coming off of back to back road wins, the Eagles begin a three game home stand, looking for their first win of the season at the “Linc“. Philly fans are eager for a victory, as the Eagles have lost a franchise record ten in a row at home, dating back to last season. The Eagles have used three quarterbacks this season, with current starter Nick Foles earning a third straight start on Sunday. Foles has been very efficient, with 16 touchdown passes, in only four starts, while yet to throw an interception. If Foles gets enough attempts to qualify on Sunday, he could very well be the top rated quarterback in the NFL, statistically. Riley Cooper has emerged this season as a reliable target opposite home run threat DeSean Jackson. Linebacker DeMeco Ryans leads the Eagles in tackles with 89 (71 solo). The Eagles defense has not allowed more than 21 points in their last six games. Philadelphia Head Coach Chip Kelly is in his first season with the Eagles, after a 46-7 record over four seasons at the University of Oregon.
The Redskins arrive in Philadelphia with a 1-4 record on the road and have yet to win back to back games this season. The offense has been doing its part, but defense and special teams have been dreadful. The offense ranks fifth overall in the NFL in total offense. The Skins defense is next to last in the NFL in points allowed, giving up 32 per game. A Silver Lining in the Foles playbook for the Redskins may be that Washington beat him twice last season. Given that Michael Vick is 4-0 as a starter against the Skins, it may actually be a better matchup. With the return of Brian Orakpo this season, it was thought than an improved pass rush would help a beleaguered secondary. Special teams is another story, as the team has struggled since the departure of long time position coach Danny Smith.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan has to be feeling the pressure as the losses mount. “The Mouth of the South” has been a regular critic. Another former Redskins cornerback, usually supportive and soft spoken is also questioning the “state” of the franchise. Could Jon Gruden be waiting in the wings? Gwen Knapp with USA Today’s Sports on Earth with a look at owner Daniel Snyder’s options. Could Doug Williams be in the mix for a front office role supporting Bruce Allen? Not surprisingly, there has not been talk of a Shanahan contract extension… yet.
Perhaps Coach Mike is ready to turn the reigns over to son Kyle? For a change of pace this week, we hear not from father, but from son….
Sitting at 3-6 a year ago, the Redskins went on an improbable seven game run to win the NFC East. Ironically, the man who will have to step it up for it to happen again, believes they can.
Former Eagles on Redskins
ST Sav Rocca (2007-2010)
LB Darryl Tapp (2010-2012)
Former Redskins on Eagles
Passing: Nick Foles – 86-136, 1256, 16 TD’s
Rushing: LeSean McCoy – 193-932, 3 TD’s
Receiving: DeSean Jackson – 54-903, 7 TD’s
Offense 4th (Rush 1, Pass 9)
Defense 31st (Rush 14, Pass 31)
Passing: Robert Griffin III – 205-337, 2450, 12 TD’s
Rushing: Alfred Morris – 159-825, 5 TD’s
Receiving: Pierre Garcon – 61-803, 3 TD’s
Offense 5th (Rush 3, Pass 10)
Defense 27th (Rush 18, Pass 26)
QB Michael Vick Questionable – Hamstring Limited Practice
TE Brent Celek Questionable – Hip Limited Practice
CB Bradley Fletcher Questionable – Chest Limited Practice
LB Mychal Kendricks Questionable – Knee Did Not Practice
LB Jake Knott Questionable – Hamstring Did Not Practice
S Earl Wolff Out – Knee Did Not Practice
WR Riley Cooper Probable – Knee FULL Practice
DE Cedric Thornton Probable – Knee FULL Practice
LB Trent Cole Probable – Illness FULL Practice
S Patrick Chung Probable – Shoulder FULL Practice
RB Evan Royster Probable – Back FULL Practice
WR Leonard Hankerson Probable – Hamstring FULL Practice
TE Logan Paulsen Probable – Knee FULL Practice
S Jose Gumbs Probable – Ankle FULL Practice
REDSKINS: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III had 158.3 rating (highest possible) in 11/18/12 meeting, completing 14 of 15 (93.3 pct.) for 200 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs. Had 3 TDs, 0 INTs & 114.8 rating last week…RB ALFRED MORRIS has rushed for 448 yards (112 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4. Since Week 12 of 2012, is averaging 104.6 rush yards per game, 2nd best in NFL. Has 13 rush TDs in that span, tied for 2nd most in NFL…TE JORDAN REED leads NFL rookies w/ 44 catches. WR PIERRE GARÇON has 14 catches for 291 yards (145.5 per game) & TD in past 2. Has 5+ catches in all 9 games in 2013. WR LEONARD HANKERSON had 2 TDs in last meeting…LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 4 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in past 3 meetings. Since entering NFL in 2011, is only player in league with 20+ sacks (22.5) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). Has 8.5 sacks & 4 FFs in past 11. LB LONDON FLETCHER has played in 249 consecutive games. Had INT in last game at Phi. LB BRIAN ORAKPO had 2 sacks in last game at Phi. CB DE ANGELO HALL had 75-yard FR-TD in Week 1…EAGLES: QB NICK FOLES has 10 TDs & 0 INTs in 2-game span, joining TOM BRADY (2007) as only 2 to accomplish in single season. Has 16 TDs vs. 0 INTs, joining PEYTON MANNING (2013) & MILT PLUM (1960) as only 3 to start season with 16+ TDs before INT. Passed for 345 yards in last meeting…RB LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 155 yards last week, his 3rd 150+ yard game this season. Leads NFL w/ 932 rush yards & 1,258 scrimmage yards. Rushed for 184 yards & TD in last meeting. In past 6 meetings, has 830 scrimmage yards (138.3 per game) & 3 TDs…Among active players (min. 300 catches), WR DE SEAN JACKSON ranks 2nd in NFL with 17.3 avg. (328 rec., 5,688 yards). Had 7 rec. for 104 yards & TD in last game vs. Was. In past 2, WR RILEY COOPER has 8 catches for 241 yards (120.5) & 5 TDs. TE BRENT CELEK had TD in last meeting…LB DE MECO RYANS had sack in Week 1. Leads team w/ 89 tackles. CB CARY WILLIAMS is 1 of 4 NFL CBs with 6+ PD (6), 2+ INTs (2) & sack (1). LB TRENT COLE had safety in last meeting.
Looking for (video) game previews? SB Nation and SBR got you covered! For more home cooking, the Washington Post with some predictions and ESPN’s John Keim with NFL Nation Buzz. Keim is also joined by Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan in this week’s edition of the popular Double Coverage.
What do the experts think? According to a roundup by SB Nation, their own folks, along with most of ESPN, CBS and Yahoo believe it will be an Eagles victory. A view from the enemy sideline, a very detailed preview from the Philadelphia Eagles own website. The Bleacher Report is bucking the trend, taking the Burgundy and Gold! What individual matchups may impact the game? Pro Football Focus with 3TFO (Three To Focus On).
The Redskins will host prime time, nationally televised games each of the next two weeks. Monday night, November 25th, the San Francisco 49ers come to town, with the New York Giants at Fed Ex Field the following Sunday night. Not so fast my friend…. Could NBC bump the Giants-Redskins game for a more lucrative matchup through flex scheduling? Denver travels to Kansas City on Sunday, December 1st. NBC already bumped the Giants this Sunday night for that same matchup. The NFL has already moved the Broncos and Chiefs from 1 to 4pm and has announced they will decide by Tuesday if the Sunday night game will be changed. Stay tuned!
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