SERIES HISTORY: 166th regular-season meeting. Redskins lead series, 85-75-5. The Eagles swept Washington last year, winning 30-17 at FedExField in the 2017 season opener then winning the rematch, 34-24, at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday Night Football on Oct. 23. After a five-game winning streak against Philadelphia, the Redskins have lost the past two.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Balance. If that word was used once it was used a dozen or more times in the days following the Eagles' win over the Giants, as in balancing the run game with the pass game. The Eagles did an extraordinary job with marrying the two. So much so that they finished with more runs (29) than Carson Wentz pass attempts (28), marking the first time this season that the team ran more than it tried to throw.
The Eagles finally seem to have found a back they are comfortable with getting the bulk of the carries, and that's undrafted rookie free agent Josh Adams. Adams had 22 carries last week, picking up 84 yards and scoring a touchdown and 2-point conversion. He also had a 51-yard touchdown run called back because of a hold by center Jason Kelce.
Defensively, the Eagles will try to knock the Redskins out of balance by taking away the ageless Adrian Peterson, who is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and has scored six touchdowns.
If the Eagles can do that, the onus will fall on quarterback Colt McCoy. He has had 10 days since his last start and he will prepare for an Eagles secondary that is starting players who were on the practice squad earlier this year or released during the season because of a litany of injuries.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
--Redskins LB Zach Brown vs. Eagles TE Zach Ertz. Brown has the speed to stay with most tight ends, although his coverage isn't always perfect. That's long been an Achilles' heel for Washington. Ertz has 84 catches for 895 yards and six touchdowns. Brown has battled an oblique strain all year and sat out practice Thursday.
--Eagles DE Michael Bennett vs. Redskins LT Trent Williams. Bennett had a key sack in Philadelphia's comeback win over the Giants last week. He has 6.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss with 21 quarterback hits. Williams, the six-time Pro Bowler, had knee surgery in the offseason, another procedure in October and is wearing a cast on his surgically-repaired thumb. But he is on the field and ready for the challenge.
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins. The veteran safety was a steadying presence on Sunday in an Eagles secondary that was short on experience. His interception at the end of the first half, after New York had reached the Eagles' 27-yard line and was looking to add to a 19-11 lead before halftime, was arguably the turning point in the 25-22 win. It may ultimately end up being one of the key plays that saved the season, depending on how the Eagles finish from here.
FAST FACTS: REDSKINS QB COLT McCOY passed for 268 yards & 2 TDs in Week 12. Has 90+ rating in 2 of 4 career games vs. NFC East. In his past 4 road starts, has 998 pass yards (249.5 per game) with 5 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 93.5 rating & has rush TD. ... RB ADRIAN PETERSON has 105 career rush TDs & needs 2 TDs to surpass HOFer JIM BROWN (106) for 5th-most rush TDs in NFL history. ... RB KAPRI BIBBS had rush TD last week. ... TE JORDAN REED had 8 catches for 64 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. ... TE VERNON DAVIS had 73 rec. yards & TD last week. ... Rookie WR TREY QUINN had 1st-career rec. TD last week. ... LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 7 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in his past 6. His 7 sacks since Week 7 are tied for 2nd-most in NFL over span. In his past 4 vs. Phi., has 4.5 sacks, 10 QBHs, 2 FFs & 24-yard INT-TD. ... LB PRESTON SMITH had career-high 8 tackles & 1.5 sacks in Week 12. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. Has 5.5 sacks & FF in 6 career games vs. Phi. ... CB JOSH NORMAN had 6 tackles, FF & PD last week. Since 2014, is only NFL player with 10+ INTs (11) & 10+ FFs (11). ... EAGLES QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 236 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 108.6 rating last week. Has 100+ rating in 6 of his past 7. Had 268 pass yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 126.3 rating in last meeting. Has 300+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Was. In his past 3 at home vs. division, has completed 69 of 97 (71.1 pct.) for 864 yards (288 per game) with 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 113.9 rating. ... RB JOSH ADAMS (rookie) rushed for career-high 84 yards & TD in Week 12. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. ... RB COREY CLEMENT had 76 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 31 rec.) last week. ... TE ZACH ERTZ led team with 7 catches for 91 yards & TD in Week 12. Ties for 3rd in NFL in receptions (84) & ranks 2nd among NFL TEs in rec. yards (895) in 2018. His 84 receptions are most by TE in single season in franchise history. ... S MALCOLM JENKINS had 6 tackles, FF & INT in Week 12. In his past 5, has 5 PD, 2 FFs, FR & INT. Has sack & 64-yard INT-TD in his past 4 vs. Was. ... DE CHRIS LONG has 3.5 sacks in his past 4. ... DE MICHAEL BENNETT has 5.5 sacks & FF in his past 6.
PREDICTION: The wild card is McCoy, who had little time to prepare for Washington's Thanksgiving game, but now had a full week. An Eagles win severely tightens the division.
OUR PICK: Eagles, 20-14