Redskins 10

(5-11, 3-5 away)

Eagles 34

(8-8, 3-5 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, January 1, 2012

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 0 7 310
PHI 3 7 3 2134

Top Performers

Passing: M. Vick (PHI) - 335 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. Royster (WSH) - 20 CAR, 113 YDS

Receiving: J. Maclin (PHI) - 8 REC, 105 YDS

Redskins-Eagles Preview


The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins are concluding disappointing seasons that have caused questions for both heading into 2012.

The Eagles will try for a fourth straight win and a season sweep of their NFC East rivals on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Philadelphia (7-8) will miss the playoffs for the third time in 12 seasons despite an infusion of talent that included Jason Babin, Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Cullen Jenkins, prompting fellow newcomer Vince Young to call the Eagles a "Dream Team."

Instead, the defending NFC East champions got off to a 1-4 start and never recovered until this three-game win streak that nearly kept their division title hopes alive.

"There are a lot of things I could have done better with that," said coach Andy Reid about his team's poor start. "The bottom line is they're together now, and they have an opportunity to play a good football team and continue to get better as a unit."

It appears Reid will return for a 14th season, but it's unclear whether defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will be retained. Castillo, a former offensive line coach, saw his unit struggle until recent weeks.

Washington (5-10), meanwhile, will finish in last place for the fourth straight season. Second-year coach Mike Shanahan has acknowledged that his rebuilding plan for the once-proud franchise needs more time.

"A lot longer than I first anticipated," Shanahan said. "We had less depth than I thought. We were a little bit older at a few different positions. I thought we might keep those players a little longer than we did."

The Redskins have endured a season in which running back Tim Hightower, receiver Santana Moss, tight end Chris Cooley and right tackle Jammal Brown all missed significant time with injuries. Plus, left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis were suspended for the last four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Rex Grossman was benched following his four-interception performance in a 20-13 loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 16. Grossman regained the starting job when Washington lost all three games started by John Beck, but he's tied for the league lead with 19 interceptions.

"My confidence level is at an all-time high," Grossman insisted. "I just need to eliminate a couple of bad plays here and there that deter a great performance."

Grossman got some good news when the Eagles placed safety Kurt Coleman on injured reserve this week with a biceps injury. Coleman picked off Grossman three times in the first matchup.

The bigger story injury-wise for Philadelphia is whether LeSean McCoy will play through an ankle problem suffered in last Saturday's 20-7 win at Dallas. McCoy leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns (17) and total TDs (20).

McCoy is tops in the NFC with a career-high 1,309 rushing yards, 123 shy of Wilbert Montgomery's club record of 1,512 set in 1979.

"Well, it's not a high ankle sprain so we'll just see how he does here," Reid said. "If he can play, he'll play. He wants to play. We'll see how he does."

McCoy wouldn't be the only Eagles Pro Bowler trying to gain individual honors. Babin has 18 sacks to tie for the NFL's second-highest total behind Minnesota's Jared Allen, who has 18 1/2.

The Eagles have a league-high 49 sacks while Washington's pass rush has been solid with 39, led by rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan's 7 1/2 and Brian Orakpo's seven.

Orakpo is finishing his third season with the club, and still feels the franchise is headed in the right direction.

"We've got the right guys in this locker room," Orakpo said. "Guys are fighting hard. We don't really have any issues. Guys play for each other. Got a great coaching staff. We got an owner (Dan Snyder) doing everything possible to win. ... 5-10 is a terrible season to have, but I'm a very optimistic guy, I want to keep building and hopefully get this organization on top eventually."

Washington has seen its defense slip to 14th overall after allowing an average of 381.3 yards the last three games.

The Redskins will face a resurgent Michael Vick, who has thrown for five TDs and rushed for two more in his last two meetings against them.

"I've watched this team grow as the weeks have went on," Vick said. "The last three or four weeks, we've come together as a team. It's a family environment, a family atmosphere and that translates to winning. That's why you see a different team."


Passing Leaders

K. Cousins61.81710109
R. Griffin68.7169446
M. Sanchez64.124181411
N. Foles59.821631310

Rushing Leaders

A. Morris26510744.18
R. Helu402165.41
L. McCoy31213194.25
D. Sproles573295.86

Receiving Leaders

D. Jackson56116920.96
P. Garcon6875211.13
J. Maclin85131815.510
J. Matthews6787213.08

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

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Yards AllowedWSH
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Rush Yds AllowedWSH

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Philadelphia leads 15-7
Oct 16, 2011WSH 13, PHI 20
Nov 15, 2010WSH 28, PHI 59
Oct 3, 2010WSH 17, @PHI 12
Nov 29, 2009WSH 24, @PHI 27
Oct 26, 2009WSH 17, PHI 27
Dec 21, 2008WSH 10, PHI 3
Oct 5, 2008WSH 23, @PHI 17
Nov 11, 2007WSH 25, PHI 33
Sep 17, 2007WSH 20, @PHI 12
Dec 10, 2006WSH 19, PHI 21
Nov 12, 2006WSH 3, @PHI 27
Jan 1, 2006WSH 31, @PHI 20
Nov 6, 2005WSH 17, PHI 10
Dec 12, 2004WSH 14, PHI 17
Nov 21, 2004WSH 6, @PHI 28
Dec 27, 2003WSH 7, PHI 31
Oct 5, 2003WSH 25, @PHI 27
Dec 15, 2002WSH 21, @PHI 34
Sep 16, 2002WSH 7, PHI 37
Dec 16, 2001WSH 6, PHI 20
Nov 25, 2001WSH 13, @PHI 3