The Washington Redskins return to the field for the first time since their 21-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 9. Today they will try to snap a three-game losing streak and improve their record to 4-6 when they host the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles enter this game with a 3-6 record as well, owners of a five-game losing streak. With Michael Vick sidelined by a concussion, the Eagles turn to rookie Nick Foles as they, like Washington, try to save their fading season hopes.
This marks the 155th overall meeting between the Redskins and Eagles. This is the 154th regular season meeting between the Redskins and Eagles franchises, not counting the two meetings in 1943 when the Eagles merged with the Steelers, forming the Phil-Pitt Steagles. The Redskins went 0-1-1 against Phil-Pitt.
Washington leads the all-time regular season series with a record of 78-70-5. The Redskins, however, have lost their last three games against the Eagles.
The Redskins are 11-12 all-time in games directly following the bye. They have lost four straight post-bye games.
Washington enters this game averaging 381.8 yards a game (seventh in the NFL) and 25.1 points per outing (11th). The Eagles, meanwhile, average 373.3 offensive yards a game (eighth) and 17.3 points (29th).
Philadelphia’s defense gives up an average of 338 yards a game (12th in the NFL) and 24.6 points a game (22nd). Washington’s defense gives up 397.9 yards a contest (29th) and 27.6 points per outing (27th).
On Friday, we went over five storylines to follow in this matchup.
Here are some other things to look for in this game:
- Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III needs one completion to set the franchise record for pass completions by a rookie. His 172 are tied with Norm Snead (1961) for first place.
- Griffin has passed for 1,993 yards and needs 344 yards to surpass Snead’s team record for yards by a rookie (2,337).
- Griffin needs two rushing touchdowns to tie the franchise record for rushing touchdowns by a rookie. Running back Skip Hicks rushed for eight in 1998.
- The Redskins enter this game having rushed for 150 yards seven times this season, which leads all teams. Two other teams have recorded five 150-yard games this year.
- Washington’s seven 150-yard rushing games this season are two more than the other three NFC East teams have combined for.
- Washington’s offense has produced eight 100-yard rushing games this season. With another such performance today, the Redskins would match the most 100-yard outings they have recorded in a 10-game stretch since the league merger in 1970.
- Running back Alfred Morris needs 107 yards to reach 900 yards on the season. That would mark the second-highest 10-game output by a Redskins back since Clinton Portis rushed for 1,063 during such a stretch in 2008.
- Morris needs 57 yards to become the 12th rookie since the league merger to rush for 850 yards in his first 10 games. He would join Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk and Earl Campbell, among others, to do so.
- Receiver Santana Moss needs 45 receiving yards to become the ninth active receiver to record 9,500 yards for his career.
- A win today would give Mike Shanahan his 169th overall victory as a head coach, and his 161st regular season win. A victory would improve his record directly following a bye week to 11-6.
Connections between these teams:
- Redskins punter Sav Rocca played for the Eagles from 2007-10.
- Redskins special teams coordinator Danny Smith held the same position with Philadelphia from 1995 to 1998.
- Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles played cornerback and safety for the Redskins from 1986-90 and 1992-93.
- Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall played with Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in Oakland in 2008 and with Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick in Atlanta from 2004-06.
- Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and Eagles special teams coach Bobby April held the same positions as members of the same coaching staff in New Orleans in 1996.
- Haslett and Eagles assistant coach David Culley were members of the same coaching staff in Pittsburgh from 1996-98.
- Haslett and Philadelphia secondary/safeties coach Michael Zordich played together for the New York Jets in 1987.
- Redskins receivers coach Ike Hilliard served as Miami Dolphins’ assistant wide receivers coach when Bowles was interim head coach there in 2011.
- Washington offensive line coach Chris Foerster served as tight ends coach in Indianapolis in 2002-03 when Eagles offensive line coach Howard Mudd held the same position there during that time.
- Redskins safety DeJon Gomes, running back Roy Helu and tight end Niles Paul were teammates at Nebraska with Philadelphia kicker Alex Henery.
- Hall and Redskins safety Will Montgomery were teammates at Virginia Tech with Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp.
- Redskins long-snapper Nick Sundberg and Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson played together at Cal.
- Washington tackle Jordan Black and Philadelphia defensive tackle Derek Landri were teammates at Notre Dame.
- Redskins lineman Maurice Hurt and Eagles receiver Riley Cooper were teammates at Florida.
- Redskins defensive end Doug Worthington and Eagles safety Kurt Coleman played together at Ohio State.
- Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur served as offensive assistant at Saginaw Valley State in 2003 while Eagles offensive lineman Todd Herremans played there.