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5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET1:15 GMT9:15 6:15 PM MST8:15 PM EST7:15 PM CT5:15 UAE (+1)20:15 ETNaN:� , December 3, 2018
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Weather: 36°, Cloudy  Attendance: 69,696

Redskins, Eagles gear up for Monday night NFC East showdown

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

  1. The Eagles took both games from the Redskins last season, with the first win breaking a streak of five straight losses versus Washington. Philadelphia has won four straight Monday Night Football matchups with the Redskins, including last season's 34-24 victory at home in Week 7.
  2. Washington has lost two straight games, including a 31-23 loss to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. The Redskins have topped 25 points only once this season, tied with the Eagles and Cardinals for the fewest such games in the NFL.
  3. Philadelphia beat the Giants, 25-22, to snap a three-game losing streak at home. Since the current playoff format was instituted prior to the 2002 season, only 10 of the 78 teams that opened a season 5-6 have advanced to the playoffs (12.8 percent of teams).
  4. After rushing for at least 90 yards in five of his first seven games this season, Adrian Peterson has failed to reach 70 yards in any of his last four. Peterson's teams have an overall 15-37 (.288) record when he rushes for fewer than 70 yards, compared to 60-31-1 (.658) when he rushes for 70 or more.
  5. Carson Wentz completed 71.4 percent of his passes against the Giants, the fifth time in six games he's been at 70.0 or better. His season-long percentage is 69.7 after connecting on 60.2 percent of his passes last season -- only Cam Newton (+10.5) has a larger increase from last season.
  6. Opponents have run the ball 34.0 percent of the time versus Philadelphia this season, the lowest percentage in the league. Washington runs the ball 42.5 percent of the time, gaining 117.7 yards per game. The Redskins have gone 6-1 when rushing for at least 100 yards this season.
Team Comparison

Washington
 
Philadelphia
20.0 Points 20.9
227.5 Pass Yds 273.3
117.7 Rush Yds 100.8
21 Takeaways 8

Consecutive defeats to the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys cost the Washington Redskins a chance to seize control of the NFC East race.

Those losses also helped the Philadelphia Eagles climb back in the race.

Only one game separates the Redskins from the Eagles in the suddenly tight NFC East heading into a Monday night showdown in Philadelphia.

After getting a 16-3 win at Tampa Bay in Week 10, Washington was 6-3 but there are questions if this will be another slow fade and questions will be brought up about the direction of the team in the offseason.

"Whenever you lose, it's always tough. Losing in the division is even tougher," Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy said. "So there is a lot to clean up there, a lot to learn and moving forward to the Eagles now. We've watched that (Dallas) tape, kind of put it to bed and thankful to have a little bit of extra time to prepare for these guys a couple extra days. I could use it all."

Even with McCoy being in the organization since 2014, the devastating injury to quarterback Alex Smith (broken leg) left only a few days for McCoy to get ready for Dallas. He had taken only a token number of snaps in a meaningful game since 2014 when he had the chance to start a few games in Jay Gruden's first year as head coach.

The hope is a full week of practice after a mini-bye of sorts gives McCoy time to prepare for the Eagles. The Redskins will do immense damage to Philadelphia's playoff hopes with a win. They could do the same to their own with a third straight loss.

"I think there should be a sense of urgency without a doubt, where we are in the season, what our record is, we're tied for first, Dallas is right there, Philly is right there," Gruden said. "Anytime you can go on the road and get a key victory is very, very critical. It is also important for our confidence and our psyche down the stretch."

"I don't think anybody has lost any confidence despite the injuries that we've had, especially to our quarterback. I think we all have faith in Colt but to go out there and to get a big win against the defending Super Bowl champs would do a lot of good for a lot of people."

Meanwhile, it appears Philadelphia could be gearing up for a big run. The defending Super Bowl champions lost five of seven games culminating in a 48-7 loss at New Orleans two weeks ago. Things appeared bleak last week as the Eagles faced deficits of 12-0 and 19-3 but wound up rallying for a 25-22 win over the New York Giants.

"This was a big game for us," Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said. "Obviously in terms of the division standings and all that fun stuff, but really mentally to show the resilience that we did. To get down early like we did, then to battle back, just really builds a lot of confidence -- to come from behind and get it done I think will speak volumes about our confidence going forward."

Jake Elliott kicked a 43-yard field goal with 22 seconds left and undrafted rookie running back Josh Adams scored on a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Zach Ertz caught a 15-yard touchdown before halftime and finished with seven receptions for 91 yards.

Ertz is positioning himself for one of the best seasons of any tight end in league history.

Ertz leads the Eagles this season in catches with 84, yards with 895, and touchdowns with six, all of which have come in the red zone. His catches and yardage totals are both career highs. He is on pace for 122 catches, 1,301 yards and eight TDs.

The most catches by a tight end in NFL history is 110 by Jason Witten in 2012. Only three tight ends have topped 100 catches in a NFL season. In addition to Witten, the others were Tony Gonzalez (102 in 2004) and Dallas Clark (100 in 2009).

Only five tight ends have had 1,200 yards in a season: Rob Gronkowski (1,327, 2011), Jimmy Graham, who did it twice with 1,310 in 2011 and 1,215 in 2013, Kellen Winslow Sr. (1,290, 1980), Gonzalez, who also did it twice in 2004 with 1,258 and in 2000 with 1,203, and Todd Christensen (1,247, 1983).

Already, Ertz has broken the Eagles record for most receptions in a season by a tight end that was set by Keith Jackson with 81 in 1988.

"He's a big guy and he's got excellent play strength, a really good catch radius and strong hands," Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh said. "So he can catch it away from his body, and even in those tight spaces like you talk about, he's able to create a little bit more space for himself by using his body and his length."

In 10 career games against the Redskins, Ertz 59 has catches for 620 yards (10.5 yards per catch). Three times he has topped 10 catches and 100 yards, with 15 for 115 in 2014, 13 for 122 in 2015, and 10 for 112 in 2016.

Washington is 5-2 in the last seven meetings and hosts Philadelphia in Week 17. After Monday, the Redskins host the Giants before visiting Tennessee and Jacksonville while Philadelphia visits Dallas, the Los Angeles Rams and hosts Houston.

Updated November 29, 2018

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