Reid said he didn’t know what to expect in terms of fan reaction Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
“I’m so focused on the Redskins that I haven’t really gone there with that,” Reid said. “I know the fans have been great. As far as my situation goes with family and that, they’ve been phenomenal. But they want to win football games, just like we all do. I understand that part, too.”
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Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles is to make his second start against the Redskins. Foles struggled in the November game, throwing two interceptions and getting sacked four times in his first NFL start. Tailback LeSean McCoy is to return to the lineup Sunday after missing four games because of a concussion suffered against the Redskins.
“At no point are we overlooking the Eagles, regardless of record or what they’re dealing with internally,” Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “We know that they can play some pretty good football at any given chance, and we don’t want to make them feel like they can beat us.”
Said wide receiver Santana Moss: “They have us marked as to beat us. So we have to go out there with our mind-set to try to do what we need to do to come out on top.”
The Redskins seem wary of the Eagles’ pass rush, especially with center Will Montgomery planning to play with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee and right tackle Tyler Polumbus having missed practice time during the week because of a concussion.
“You never take anyone for granted,” Redskins left tackle Trent Williams said. “You don’t expect any grown men to lay down. They’re going to give us all they’ve got, obviously, and we’re expecting a dogfight.”
Quarterback Robert Griffin III is to return to the Redskins’ lineup after missing one game because of a sprained ligament in his right knee. Rookie backup Kirk Cousins engineered last Sunday’s victory at Cleveland.
“We can’t have overconfidence,” Wilson said. “Ever since we started this thing, the bye week, we’ve been on a mission: We can’t lose. It’s not about who we’re playing. It’s about the fact that we can’t lose until February. It’s not a choice that we have available to us. And we’ve got to put everything on the line because we’ve got to win every game from now on.”