Washington (7-7) at Philadelphia (6-8), 8:25 p.m. Saturday on NFL Network. A pair of NFC East foes with playoff hopes meet in the City of Brotherly Love as Washington travels to Philadelphia to face off against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Redskins enter Saturday’s play with a 35-25 win over Buffalo last Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field. Washington led 21-0 at the half against the Bills before Buffalo rallied in the final 30 minutes of play to outscore the Redskins 25-14. Although they were outrushed by Buffalo 240-123, Kirk Cousins did manage to throw for 319 yards and four TDs without being intercepted, although he was sacked once (Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 235 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times). Washington on third down tries went 7 of 11 on the afternoon near the nation’s capital, needing only to keep the ball for 29:04, while Buffalo was 5 of 13 and 1-3 on third and fourth down tries and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:56.

The Eagles’ playoff hopes for either the Wild Card or the NFC East took a hit last Sunday night against Arizona, falling to the Cardinals 40-17 at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly trailed 17-10 at the intermission, before Arizona put the gas on the floor and outscored the Eagles 23-7 in the last 30 minutes of play. Philadelphia was held to 74 yards on the ground, while Arizona ran for 230 yards, with Cardinals RB David Johnson leading all rushers with 187 yards on 29 carries and three TDs. Both teams did well on third down tries on the chilly Sunday night in Philly, with Arizona going 8 of 14, while the Eagles were 6 of 12 (0 of 2 on fourth down). Time was the ally of the Cardinals, who held the ball for 37:28, while the Eagles kept it for 22:32.

They met in week four in Landover and the Redskins came away 23-20 winners, thanks to a 4-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon from Cousins with 26 seconds left. Washington trailed 20-16 with 14:40 left in regulation after leading 13-0 at the half. Washington used a 15-play, 90 yard drive in the final quarter to take the lead for keeps and held off a late Eagles rally that saw Philadelphia try several latteral passes in an attempt to take the lead back. Cousins threw for 290, which included the game-winning TD pass, while Sam Bradford threw for 270 yards and three TDs but was sacked five times. Washington, who forced a pair of Eagles fumbles, outrushed Philadelphia 127-87 and went 9 of 17 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 41:08, while the Eagles held on to the pigskin for 18:52, going 4 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third down conversions at FedEx Field.

In the week four contest in Landover, the Eagles were favored by 3 and Washington covered the spread, winning by 3. That was the good news. The bad news? Both teams missed the over/under of 47 by 4 points. This time, the Eagles are again favored by 3 and the over/under is 48. There’s a lot at stake here. If Washington wins this one, they pretty much win the NFC East; if Philly wins, the NFC East could be decided next Sunday. Hail to the Redskins! Washington completes the sweep and moves one step closer to the NFC East title.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: 8:25 p.m. Saturday on NFL Network:  Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (field reporter). Westwood One: Scott Graham, Mike Mayock. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Washington), 82 (Philadelphia). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Washington), 82 (Philadelphia).

Injury Report

Washington
OUT: LB Perry Riley (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: S Dashon Goldson (Rib), WR Ryan Grant (Abdomen), RB Matt Jones (Hip), C Josh LeRibeus (Ankle), T Morgan Moses (Ankle)
PROBABLE: LB William Compton (Neck), DE Kedric Golston (Calf), S Jeron Johnson (Hamstring), DE Frank Kearse (Finger), LB
Patrick Kerrigan (Toe), TE Jordan Reed (Shoulder)  LB Keenan Robinson (Shoulder), RB Christopher Thompson (Shoulder), DE
Jason Hatcher (Neck), WR DeSean Jackson (Foot)

Philadelphia
QUESTIONABLE: WR Oluseyio Ajirotutu (Ankle), DT Bennie Logan (Calf), CB Byron Maxwell (Shoulder)
PROBABLE: QB Sam Bradford (Shoulder), CB Nelson Rowe (Concussion)

Weather: Cloudy and 52 degrees.

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best and USA Today, weather courtesy The Weather Channel. 

 

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