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The Philadelphia Eagles will try to snag a playoff spot when they visit the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon. Philadelphia needs a win and a Minnesota loss in order to sneak in as a wild card and get a chance to defend its Super Bowl title. The Redskins are out of it at 7-8 with a 1-5 record in their last six games.
Just take care of business
The Eagles need a win over Washington and a Minnesota loss to Chicago. The latter is certainly not out of the question, as the Bears are still in contention for a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in the NFC and will be playing inspired football. Can the former happen? It should, as Philadelphia is a considerable favorite against the Redskins; no matter that quarterback Carson Wentz is out.
“The biggest thing is we have to take care of business,” defensive tackle Fletcher Cox noted. “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.
Nick Foles has once again replaced Wentz and has been outstanding for the most part. He passed for four touchdowns while getting picked off just once during last week’s thrilling defeat of Houston. Foles also led the Eagles to a Week 15 upset of the Rams in Los Angeles despite putting up relatively modest numbers.
Down and out
A 1-5 record in their last six contests has finished the Redskins. The final nail in the coffin was a 25-16 loss at Tennessee last weekend. There has been a whole host of the off-the-field issues, as well, most notably the recent release of safety D.J. Swearinger. Washington also got into a scuffle with Tennessee during their Week 16 tilt and the ‘Skins are also overhauling at least some if not most of their front office.
“Every week was a circus for the last six weeks,” cornerback Josh Norman admitted.“Ultimately, it’s my fault,” head coach Jay Gruden said of Swearinger being cut. “Obviously, I didn’t make it clear to certain people that we don’t talk about our business to the media, and for me to allow that to creep in is ultimately my fault. D.J. did some great things here without a doubt. We wish him nothing but the best. But at the end of the day, that’s something that this franchise or any franchise to my mind can’t afford to have, so we moved on.”
Offense–specifically quarterback–has been the main issue of late for the Redskins, who lost both Alex Smith and Colt McCoy due to broken legs.
The Philadelphia Eagles are:
- 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games after gaining more than 350 yards in their previous game
- 35-16 Over in their last 51 road games
- 5-2 Over in their last seven games following a win
The Washington Redskins are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the NFC
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against the NFC East
- 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games against teams with winning road record