In Week 11 of the NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) will welcome the Washington Redskins (3-6) to Lincoln Financial Field for a crucial division matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for noon and will be televised on Fox.
The NFC East is up for grabs. The Cowboys and Eagles sit atop the division at 5-5 with the Giants and Redskins on their tails with a 3-6 record. This Sunday the Eagles will have the opportunity to further themselves even more from Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.
The Eagles matchup with the Redskins will be the second meeting between these two teams and also the Eagles’ final game before heading into their bye week. The Eagles took the first game against the Redskins back on September 9th, but a lot has changed since then. Chip Kelly has become more educated on NFL defenses and Nick Foles has taken over at quarterback for the injured Michael Vick.
On the other side, the Redskins will be looking to bounce back after a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in a high scoring affair in which RGIII threw three touchdowns.
Despite the Redskins receiving their 6th loss of the season, it is still plausible for them to win the division.
Redskins middle linebacker, London Fletcher, expressed his pleasure with the lack of competition in the NFC East saying, “The great thing about this year is that the NFC East is so terrible. Every team has been so bad; nobody’s really been able to separate themselves, so that’s good for us. That’s good for everybody in the division.”
While Fletcher may feel confident that his team can surpass the other three teams in the NFC East standings come playoff time, the Eagles have been playing some of their best football as of late.
Last week against the Packers, Shady McCoy and the Eagles backfield rushed for over 200 yards. The Eagles are currently averaging 153.5 yards per game as they boast the number one rushing attack in the league.
Although the Redskins were able to keep last years MVP, Adrian Peterson, in check for most of the game, holding him to just 70 yards on 20 carries, he was still able to find the end zone on two different occasions, demonstrating a lack of red zone defense from the Redskins.
Despite Foles recent success, the ball will be in McCoy’s hands for the majority of the game. He is having an MVP caliber season and the Redskins are allowing 113 rushing yards per game, which ranks 18th in the NFL.
For McCoy to have the kind of game that he is capable of having, the offensive line is going to have to step up in the absence of left tackle Jason Peters. Peters left last week’s game with a quad injury and is listed as day-to-day. Without a mobile Michael Vick at quarterback, a collective effort from an offensive line, that has been brilliant at times, is going to be crucial in order for the Eagles to keep RGIII and the Washington offense off of the field.
If the Eagles offense flounders, they could very well run into some trouble. The Redskins offense ranks 9th in points per game, 5th in yards per game, and has been exceptional on third down. Wide receiver, Pierre Garcon, is finally healthy and is approaching the 1000 yard mark on the season. Griffin will be looking for Garcon frequently in an attempt to carve up the 31st ranked passing defense.
The Eagles and Redskins meeting at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday has the potential to be a high scoring bout. However, the NFL’s third leading rusher, Alfred Morris, will be going up against a defense led by veteran DeMeco Ryans that is giving up just over 100 yards per game on the ground. So, a smash mouth type of game may be in store, given the talent that will be out on the field at the half back position on Sunday.