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Week 11 Redskins Opponent Preview: Philadelphia Eagles

November 13, 2013


What: Week 11, Redskins Game 10

When: 1 p.m., Nov. 17

Where: Lincoln Financial Field (68,532)

Records: Eagles 5-5, Redskins 3-6

TV: Fox (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch)

Radio: Redskin Radio Network (Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen, Chris Cooley)

Riding the passing of quarterback Nick Foles and an improved defense, the Philadelphia Eagles have won two straight (against Oakland and Green Bay) to improve to 5-5 and climb into a first-place tie with Dallas.

Four of Philadelphia's six remaining games are at home, but the Eagles are 0-4 at Lincoln Financial Field. And of the team's five wins, only the Nov. 10 victory at Green Bay (who was playing without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers) was against a team with a winning record.

Coming off a 4-12 season, which ended coach Andy Reid's tenure in Philadelphia, the Eagles are looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010, when they won the NFC East with a 10-6 mark.


- Philadelphia defeated the Redskins, 33-27, during Chip Kelly's debut as head coach Sept. 9 at FedEx Field. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, while running back LeSean McCoy ran for 184 yards. The Eagles led, 33-7, during the third quarter before the Redskins scored three late touchdowns, the final coming with 1:14 left. Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 30 of 49 pass attempts for 329 yards, with two touchdown passes to wide receiver Leonard Hankerson and two interceptions.  

- Since Mike Shanahan started coaching the Redskins, the Eagles hold a 4-3 advantage during the teams' series. Washington won both meetings in 2012, and the Eagles swept a pair in 2011. The Redskins are 81-71-5 all time against the Eagles, including 39-36-2 during regular-season road games and 5-5 at Lincoln Financial Field. Shanahan could become the first Redskins head coach to win in Philadelphia in consecutive years since Joe Gibbs in 1988 and '89.

- Philadelphia's offense ranks fourth in the NFL, averaging 413.4 yards per game. The Eagles are first in rushing (153.5 yards per game) and ninth in passing (259.9 yards per game). They've rolled up at least 400 yards of offense during eight of their first 10 games.

- The Eagles rank 11th in scoring (25.2 points per game). Philadelphia is first in yards per rushing attempt (5.1), plays of 20-plus yards (61) and first-down yards per play (6.43). In terms of keeping drives alive, the Eagles rank sixth in percentage of three-and-out possessions (16.8 percent).

- Foles, 24, is expected to make his fifth straight start in place of Vick (hamstring injury) Nov. 10. Foles completed 73.9 percent of his passes during back-to-back road wins at Oakland and Green Bay, with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. For the season, he's 86-of-136 (63.2 percent) for 1,256 yards, 16 touchdowns and no interceptions. With four more touchdown passes without a pick, Foles would tie Peyton Manning (20) for the most touchdowns to start a season without throwing an interception, a mark Manning set this season.

- Since shredding the Redskins for 184 rushing yards during the season opener, McCoy has topped the 150-yard mark two more times, including the Nov. 10 win against Green Bay (155). McCoy ranks first in the league among qualified players (those with at least 6.25 attempts per team's games played) with 93.2 yards per game and sixth with an average of 4.8 yards per carry.

- During eight career games against Washington, McCoy has carried 145 times for 620 yards (4.3 per carry) and caught 32 passes for 378 yards.

- Wide receiver DeSean Jackson has 54 catches for 903 yards (16.7 average) and seven touchdowns. He leads the league with 17 catches for 20-plus yards and is second with eight catches for 40-plus yards. Of his 54 catches, 38 have resulted in first downs. During 10 games against Washington, Jackson has 28 catches for 490 yards and eight touchdowns.

- Wide receiver Riley Cooper is averaging 19.8 yards per catch on 28 receptions, and he has seven touchdowns as well.

- The Eagles rank are tied for 17th in the NFL with 14 dropped passes, while the Redskins are tied for sixth with 21 drops, five by Santana Moss, according to The Washington Post's statistics.

- Eagles quarterbacks have been sacked 28 times, ninth most in the NFL. The Redskins' defense ranks 20th with 22 sacks.

- The Eagles' offense has made 31 trips into the red zone, coming away with points 25 times (80.6 percent) and touchdowns 13 times (41.9 percent), which ranks 31st in the NFL.

- Given the fast pace and quick-strike nature of Philadelphia's offense, it's not surprising that Philadelphia ranks last in the league in time of possession at 25:09. Washington is 11th with 31:08. That said, the Eagles ate up the final 9:32 of the Green Bay game with McCoy carrying nine times for 50 yards.

- The Eagles have converted 40 percent of their third downs, while Washington has converted 46 percent.

- The Eagles' defense ranks 31st in the league, allowing 417 yards per game. Only Dallas is worse. Philadelphia is 31st against the pass (306.5 yards per game) and 14th against the run (110.5 yards per game).

- During three career games against the Eagles, Washington running back Alfred Morris has rushed 54 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon has 19 catches for 173 yards during four games, and wideout Santana Moss has 58 catches for 830 yards during 16 games.

- Philadelphia has given up an average of 24.4 points per game overall, though it has held opponents to 21 points or fewer during each of its last six games.

- The Eagles have held NFC East quarterbacks to a combined 70.4 passer rating, with seven interceptions during four division games.

- During three career starts against Philadelphia, Griffin has completed 60 of 88 passes (68 percent) for 727 yards, eight touchdowns and three picks.

- The Eagles have a +2 giveaway/takeaway ratio, while the Redskins are even.

- With 20 sacks, the Eagles' defense ranks 25th in the league. Defensive end Vinny Curry leads the team with four. Inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans leads the team in tackles, and also has two sacks and two interceptions. Griffin has been sacked 18 times, the sixth-lowest total among NFL teams' quarterbacks.

- Philadelphia is tied for fifth with six other teams with 12 interceptions. Cornerback Brandon Boykin leads the team with three. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher has 13 pass defenses and two interceptions, but missed the Green Bay game and is listed as questionable for Week 11.

- Two defensive starters -- linebacker Mychal Kendricks and safety Earl Wolff -- left the Green Bay game with injuries.

- Philadelphia has picked up the 10th-most penalties in the league -- 63 for 566 yards -- to 59 penalties and 511 yards for the Redskins.

- Eagles kicker Alex Henry has made 16 of 21 field goals, with a long of 48 yards, and has made all 28 of his extra-point attempts.

- Philadelphia's Damaris Johnson ranks ninth in kickoff returns, with a 25.9-yard average. He's averaging 8.6 yards on punt returns.

- Punter Donnie Jones ranks 21st with a 44.8-yard average. The Eagles are allowing 6.2 yards per punt return, compared with 20.1 by the Redskins.

- The Eagles rank 23rd in the NFL with a 21.9-yard kickoff return average.

- Philadelphia bolstered its special teams Nov. 12 with the signing of wide receiver/return man Brad Smith. The Buffalo Bills placed the 29-year-old Smith on injured reserve during the preseason, because of a rib injury, and released him Nov. 8 with an injury settlement. Smith has four career kickoff return touchdowns. He also has experience at running back and quarterback. To make room for Smith, the Eagles released wide receiver B.J. Cunningham.

- Both teams are near the bottom of the league in kickoff return yards allowed. The Eagles are fourth worst, allowing 24.8 yards per return, and the Redskins are seventh worst, surrendering 20.9.