1:00 PM ET, November 17, 2013
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Eagles have a daunting obstacle in their way this week as they try to grab sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
A home game.
The Eagles will try to snap a franchise-worst 10-game home losing streak Sunday against the Washington Redskins and pull ahead of idle Dallas in football's most mediocre division.
They're off to an 0-4 start this year at Lincoln Financial Field, though they've won two in a row after Sunday's 27-13 victory at Green Bay.
"We got to get it going. We got to get back in the swing of things at home," Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson said. "Our fans deserve it. So, hopefully, we can collect something together, figure out what it is and just win in front of our home fans. But there's got to be support. We can't be coming into the game, first quarter, getting boos and all that type of stuff. (The fans) just got to work with us throughout the game. I think as long as everybody is doing their job and doing what they need to do, we'll be all right."
The Eagles (5-5) are back in a first-place tie with the Cowboys for the first time since Week 6.
Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the third straight week. He has 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions in his last two games with a remarkable rating of 155.3, including a perfect 158.3 on Nov. 3 at Oakland.
His season passer rating of 132.5 would be the highest in the league if he had the requisite 14 passing attempts per team game. His 136 attempts fall four short of the qualifying number.
Foles' 16 touchdown passes are tied for eighth in the league, despite making just four starts. He's yet to throw an interception.
"He has great poise," wide receiver Riley Cooper said. "He's going to sit in the pocket and kind of dissect the defense. He trusts in his guys. If it's man-to-man coverage or something, he's going to throw it up to you."
Foles hasn't enjoyed such success in two career games against the Redskins.
The Eagles opened the season Sept. 9 with a 33-27 win at Washington, but Michael Vick was at quarterback.
Foles started both losses to the Redskins last year, including the last meeting in Philadelphia, a 27-20 defeat Dec. 23, 2012. He threw his last interception in that game.
He's 0-4 as a starter at home and the Eagles have lost all six home games he's played in in his career, in which he's thrown three touchdowns and three interceptions with a passer rating of 73.8. His career road rating is 113.4.
Despite their troubles at home, the Eagles still rank fourth in total offense with 413.4 yards per game. They're rushing for a league-high 153.5 yards behind LeSean McCoy's NFL-best 932 yards.
The Redskins (3-6) fell to 1-4 on the road with a 34-27 loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. They haven't won consecutive games this year, but are still just 1 1-2 games out of first place in the division.
It's familiar territory after starting 3-6 last year and making the playoffs after winning seven straight to end the regular season.
"We can talk about everybody else, but the bottom line is we have to be a lot better," Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. "We can't make it to the playoffs and expect to do anything in the playoffs the way we've been playing. It's pointless to even get there."
Team defense has been a significant problem. They're 31st in opponents' points per game (31.9) and 27th in yards allowed (388.6).
Quarterback Robert Griffin III is 2-1 with eight touchdown passes and three interceptions against the Eagles, including a perfect 158.3 passer rating on Nov. 18, 2012.
He's come under some criticism during this years' 3-6 start after earning praise with the same record as a rookie. The difference has been six interceptions. He threw three in his first nine games last year and is averaging one a game this year.
He had arguably his best game of the year against the Vikings with three touchdowns, no turnovers and a season-best 114.8 passer rating..
"When you're expected to be great, you're always going to have disappointments," wide receiver Pierre Garcon said of his quarterback. "You're always going to have tough times that you deal with. You just have to make it through those times to be successful."
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|Philadelphia leads 17-9|
|Sep 9, 2013||WSH 27, PHI 33|
|Dec 23, 2012||WSH 27, @PHI 20|
|Nov 18, 2012||WSH 31, PHI 6|
|Jan 1, 2012||WSH 10, @PHI 34|
|Oct 16, 2011||WSH 13, PHI 20|
|Nov 15, 2010||WSH 28, PHI 59|
|Oct 3, 2010||WSH 17, @PHI 12|
|Nov 29, 2009||WSH 24, @PHI 27|
|Oct 26, 2009||WSH 17, PHI 27|
|Dec 21, 2008||WSH 10, PHI 3|
|Oct 5, 2008||WSH 23, @PHI 17|
|Nov 11, 2007||WSH 25, PHI 33|
|Sep 17, 2007||WSH 20, @PHI 12|
|Dec 10, 2006||WSH 19, PHI 21|
|Nov 12, 2006||WSH 3, @PHI 27|
|Jan 1, 2006||WSH 31, @PHI 20|
|Nov 6, 2005||WSH 17, PHI 10|
|Dec 12, 2004||WSH 14, PHI 17|
|Nov 21, 2004||WSH 6, @PHI 28|
|Dec 27, 2003||WSH 7, PHI 31|
|Oct 5, 2003||WSH 25, @PHI 27|
|Dec 15, 2002||WSH 21, @PHI 34|
|Sep 16, 2002||WSH 7, PHI 37|
|Dec 16, 2001||WSH 6, PHI 20|
|Nov 25, 2001||WSH 13, @PHI 3|
The Eagles made big gains in the passing game Sunday despite Nick Foles not completing a pass more than 20 yards downfield (0-3). Foles was 6-of-11 on such passes in his last two games with an NFL-best five touchdowns. The Eagles gained 188 yards after the catch Sunday, the most for Foles in a game this season. Three of Foles' four longest pass plays Sunday were thrown within 2 yards of the line of scrimmage, including two screens.
The Eagles jumped out to a big halftime lead against the Redskins for the second time this season, averaging 9.3 yards per play, more efficient than their 53-play first half in the season opener. In both games, the Eagles' halftime win probability was over 95 percent, and they held off a late Redskins comeback attempt. Both wins were decided by 8 points or fewer, but the Eagles' second-half win probability never dropped below 87.8 percent in either game.[+]
Eagles First-Half Offense vs Redskins This Season
LeSean McCoy was first contacted in the backfield on 7-of-20 rushes Sunday, tied for his most in a game this season. McCoy rushed for a season-high 57 yards after contact (2.9 per rush). McCoy entered the day averaging 1.3 yards per rush after first contact.
Robert Griffin III was 12-of-27 for 135 yards and four sacks inside the pocket Sunday. Griffin threw both of his touchdowns and wasn't sacked on 12 dropbacks outside the pocket, but Philadelphia's ability to keep him inside the pocket was key in a big divisional win.[+]
Robert Griffin III Sunday
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