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Redskins-Eagles preview: NFC East showdown

With the NFC East looking more beastly than expected, the Redskins cannot afford another home divisional loss.

MatchupWashington Redskins (3-2) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)

Kickoff: Sunday, October 16, 1:00 PM EDT

Location: FedEx Field

Television: FOX (Kenny Albert, John Lynch, Pam Oliver)

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Odds: Eagles (-2), O/U: 44.5

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Last Week: Washington won the Battle of the Beltways against the Ravens last week, while Philadelphia suffered their first loss of the year in Detroit.

Matchup History: Washington leads the all-time regular season series 83-73-5, which includes their NFC East clinching victory last season.

2016 Rankings: (Yards Gained/Allowed):

Washington – Offense (11th); Defense (27th)

Philadelphia – Offense (12th); Defense (3rd)

Philadelphia’s Strength: The Eagles defensive line presents another tough matchup for the Redskins inconsistent running attack. Assuming Fletcher Cox (ankle) is ready to roll, the $100 million man anchors a solid group in the trenches. Flanked by the likes of Brandon Graham, Bennie Logan, and Connor Barwin, the Eagles have everything Washington wish they did along the defensive line. This will be the first big test for center Spencer Long from a pre-snap protection standpoint.

Philadelphia’s Weakness: It is possible that Washington reloads in coverage with Bashaud Breeland (ankle) and Su'a Cravens (concussions) this week, which should expose the Eagles lack of weapons. Carson Wentz might be a smart quarterback but he can only look as good as those around him make him. Jordan Matthews is a dicey number one option and the likes of Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff do not exactly scare defenses. With Josh Norman and Breeland back together as well as a rising star in Kendall Fuller, the Redskins secondary should lock down the Eagles passing attack. Wentz committed his first turnover last week and Washington will hope to force the same miscues this week.

Prediction: Even with the Eagles limited number of pass catchers, they have put up at least 23 points in every game this season. With Jordan Reed (concussion) likely out on Sunday, the Redskins may struggle offensively without his mismatch presence. Defenses have been double teaming Reed a lot in the red zone, but now Philadelphia can utilize personnel elsewhere. Washington's defense has relied heavily on turnovers in the second half of games this year, but Wentz is not an ordinary rookie quarterback. Redskins get another reality check from a first year passer at home.

Final score: 27-23, Philadelphia.

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