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Monday Night Football Preview: Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

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Monday Night Football Preview: Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

2018-12-03 13:16:121 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. (Image Source: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Here’s a look at the matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins:

Series: Redskins lead 85-75-5; Streak: Eagles have won the past two; Last Meeting: Eagles 34, Redskins 24 (10.23.17)

Time: 8:15 PM ET; TV: ESPN (Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters)

Where They Stand:

Both teams are looking up at the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. Washington (6-5) is currently in second place, but just a half a game behind the ‘Boys and they can join them atop the division with a win tonight. In order to do so they must snap their two-game losing streak. Meanwhile, Philadelphia (5-6) looks to win their second straight to reach the .500 mark for the fifth time this season (they were 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, and 4-4). With a win, the Eagles can pull within a game of first-place Dallas and just a half a game behind Minnesota for the final Wild Card spot in the NFC.

When the Redskins Have the Ball:

With Alex Smith out for the season, Colt McCoy has taken over the reins in Washington. He threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns at Dallas last week with 998 yards (93.5 rating) in his past four road starts. He likes to utilize his tight ends, so look for Jordan Reed (questionable) and Vernon Davis to be a big part of the passing game. Davis had 73 receiving yards and a TD last week, while Reed has caught 13 passes in his past two games. Reed had two touchdown receptions the last time these teams played. Running back Adrian Peterson has rushed for 252 yards in his past three road games and he needs two touchdown runs (105 career rushing TDs) to pass Hall of Famer Jim Brown for fifth all time.

The Eagles have a strong front led by veteran defensive ends Chris Long and Michael Bennett. Long has 3.5 sacks in the past four games and Bennett has 5.5 in his past six, with a sack in each of his past three home games. The troika of Long, Bennett, and Brandon Graham have combined for 14 sacks, while defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has four from his interior spot. Linebacker Jordan Hicks has three, among his team-leading 85 tackles, however Philly will be without his services tonight. Safety Malcolm Jenkins is second with 64 tackles, including six last week along with a forced fumble and an interception. In his past five games, Jenkins has five passes defensed, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and an INT.

When the Eagles Have the Ball:

Getting lost among rising quarterbacks around the NFL, Carson Wentz is quietly having a solid season with a 100-plus rating in six of his past seven games. He’s defended his house well within the division with seven touchdowns, a 71.1 percent completion rate, and a 113.9 rating in his past three divisional home games. In his last meeting against Washington, Wentz threw four TD passes. Tight end Zach Ertz had seven grabs for 91 yards and a touchdown last week. He’s tied for third in the NFL in receptions (84) and is second among tight ends in receiving yards (895). Even if he doesn’t catch another pass this season, Ertz has already set a franchise record for receptions by a tight end. On the ground, rookie Josh Adams rushed for a career-high 84 yards last week and he’s averaging an impressive 5.2 yards per carry. Dealing with a hip issue, Adams is questionable.

Washington’s defensive playmakers are in the front seven, including their pass-rushing outside linebackers. Ryan Kerrigan has seven sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in his past six. Only one player in the NFL has more than his seven sacks since Week 7. In his past four against Philly, Kerrigan has 4.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, and an INT-TD. Coming from the other side, Preston Smith posted a career-high eight tackles last week, including 1.5 sacks. He’s gotten to the quarterback in each of the past three games and has 5.5 sacks in six career games against the Eagles. Helping to free up the edge rushers are interior linemen Matt Ioannidis (questionable), Jonathan Allen, and Daron Payne. With 7.5 sacks, Ioannidis is second to Kerrigan’s eight on the team, while former ‘Bama teammates Allen and Payne have combined for nine sacks.

Score: Eagles 23, Redskins 17 

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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