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Week 11, already?
Week 11 opponent: Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)
Game information: Sunday, Nov. 17 -- Lincoln Financial Field -- 1:00 p.m. -- FOX
Last week: The Redskins had an extended break after suffering a horrible 34-27 loss to the one-win Vikings (now two-win Vikings) on Nov. 7. The Eagles went into Lambeau Field and defeated the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers 27-13 to reach .500.
Last meeting: This is Washington's first repeat opponent of the season. When these teams last met all the way back in Week 1, the Eagles' revamped offense under Chip Kelly ran wild on the Redskins in the first half, jumping out to a 26-7 halftime lead before holding on for a 33-27 victory.
What's the skinny?: This should come as no surprise to anybody, but the NFC East is terrible. (Full disclosure: I was at the Cowboys/Saints game this past Sunday and saw it firsthand.) So even though the Redskins are 3-6 (again), they are far from out of the race to repeat as division champions.
Winning this game would certainly help, but do so, the Redskins will have to slow down Nick Foles, which is a sentence I cannot believe I just typed. Foles has thrown 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions, which is four shy of tying the NFL record for most touchdowns thrown before an interception set by Peyton Manning earlier this season. Washington struggled with Philadelphia's high-tempo offense in the first half of the season opener, particularly with LeSean McCoy, who finished with 184 yards (still a season-high).
Perhaps having some familiarity will help, but what do I know? This Redskins lost to the freakin' Vikings after all.
Statistic Of The Week: The Eagles are 5-5, but all five wins have come on the road. Philadelphia is 0-4 away from, well, Philadelphia, and is in the midst of a franchise-worst 10-game home losing streak. Yet while the Eagles have not won a home game since Sept. 30, 2012, they are the first team since 1989 to win its first five games of the season on the road.
Foles has never won a game at Lincoln Financial Field in that position (0-4).
What The 'Skins Are Saying:
"We can talk about everybody else, but the bottom line is we have to be a lot better. We can't make it to the playoffs and expect to do anything in the playoffs the way we've been playing. It's pointless to even get there."
- DeAngelo Hall on the Redskins replicating last season's seven-game winning streak.
What The Eagles Are Saying:
"We got to get it going. We got to get back in the swing of things at home. Our fans deserve it. So, hopefully, we can collect something together, figure out what it is and just win in front of our home fans. But there's got to be support. We can't be coming into the game, first quarter, getting boos and all that type of stuff. [The fans] just got to work with us throughout the game."
- DeSean Jackson
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