Rematch with Eagles gives Redskins first look of the season at Nick Foles

November 12, 2013

Nick Foles (Michael Perez/The Associated Press)

The defense of the Washington Redskins is about to get its second look of the season at the Eagles’ offense but its first look this year at Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles.

Michael Vick was the Eagles’ quarterback when they beat the Redskins on opening night this season at FedEx Field. Now the job belongs to Foles, who has totaled 10 touchdown passes in the Eagles’ last two games, road victories at Oakland and Green Bay.

“Those guys have been rolling,” Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said this week. “So we’ve definitely got a big task ahead of us.”

Foles started twice against the Redskins last season as a rookie. The Redskins won both games. But that was before Foles was playing in the offensive system of the Eagles’ first-year coach, Chip Kelly. That system certainly seems to suit Foles, who has thrown 16 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season.

“He’s very patient,” Redskins safety Reed Doughty said. “You’ve seen him have some very good success, obviously, with the seven touchdowns [against the Raiders]. He looked poised [Sunday] throwing the ball down the field. It looked like the receivers made some plays as well. I think we’ll have our hands full. We’ve just got to get the game plan together and give it our best shot.”

Said defensive lineman Kedric Golston: “They have a philosophy of things they believe in. And obviously they’re running the ball extremely well and they’ve been throwing the ball deep. We understand they’ve got the big-play capability with the type of personnel they have. It’s gonna be up to us to make them earn everything and to stop them.”

The Eagles lead the NFL in rushing offense and are ranked fourth in total offense.

“I think the big thing is [tailback] LeSean McCoy is still getting a lot of yards on the ground for him,” Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. “So when he does go back to throw, teams are geared up for the run and then they have a chance for a big play in the passing game.”

What’s ahead:

● Washington practices Wednesday at 1 p.m. Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III are expected to talk to reporters after practice.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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