The Washington Redskins can clinch the NFC East division with a win this week.
That sentence has only been written or spoken one other time in this century. *Insert cliché ‘You like that?’*
The only thing in their way is the up-and-down, you-never-know-what-you’re-going-to-get Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have taken the personality of their head coach. Their week-to-week performance is as unpredictable as Chip Kelly’s offseason roster decisions.
The only prediction I can make about the Eagles is that they will be playing this game at home in Lincoln Financial Field, at least that’s what I was told.
The last time the Redskins won in Philadelphia was the last time they won the NFC East in 2012. That was also the last time the Redskins swept the Eagles in the season series, which is what they can do with a win on Saturday.
In the first matchup this season, Captain Kirk Cousins led the Burgundy and Gold down the field in Week 4 for the game-winning touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon. Since then both teams have had their struggles.
The Redskins couldn’t win on the road nor win consecutive games. The Eagles were without quarterback Sam Bradford for a few games and Philly fans fired Kelly back in Week 11.
Oh and if we’re talking struggles, neither team can run the ball consistently. DeMarco Murray had two carries this past week against the Cardinals. Sooner than later, Murray will get the Robert Griffin IIItreatment in Philly where he’s the third string running back, except the Eagles will just be gracious enough to let Murray wear a jersey.
A parallel positive for both teams is Bradford and Cousins have both improved as the season progressed. Both are also in their contract year and could make some ridiculous money in the offseason from their current teams or elsewhere. Regardless of where Bradford decides to sign in the offseason, let’s just hope that team is professional enough to fit him for the right jersey size.
Anyway, DeSean Jackson is returning to Philly for the second time in his career and he missed the first matchup between the two teams at the beginning of the year due to his bothersome hamstring. The Eagles pass defense is accustomed to getting torched this season, so Jaccpot might be in for another opportunity to show the Eagles what they’ve been missing.
Here are some stats that probably don't matter, but can be written as fun facts in your Christmas cards:
- The Redskins lead the all-time series 83-73-5
- DeMarco Murray is averaging 3.4 yards per carry while Alfred Morris is averaging 3.6 yards per carry, the lowest for both of their careers
- The Redskins haven’t won three games in a row since 2012
- Kirk Cousins has thrown an interception in every road game this season
- The Eagles are second in the league in dropped passes
Taking a quick look around the division, the Cowboys are cooked in the playoff race and the New York Giants take on the Minnesota Vikings without sassy star receiver Odell Beckham who is suspended for one game due to acting like he was on the set of The Longest Yard this past Sunday.
I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that Eagles fans will boo both teams Saturday night.
I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie will probably give RG3’s agent a business card and tell him to “call him.”
I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that DeSean Jackson will also probably be reluctant to shake Chip Kelly’s hand.
One win away from the playoffs is something nobody anticipated for the Redskins this season. A win in the NFC East “Super Bowl” will give them a chance to make a run at the real Super Bowl in January.
Talib Babb is a freelancer for CSNmidatlantic.com, producer for 106.7 The Fan, stand-up comic and Maryland native. You can find him on Twitter @talibbabb.
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