Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
It’s been three weeks since the Philadelphia Eagles have won a football game. In fact, the Eagles last win was a 24-15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 14.
After a terrible performance against the Cincinnati Bengals losing 32-14 last week, the Eagles (5-7) are hoping to stop their three-game losing streak when they face the Washington Redskins (6-5-1) on Sunday, Dec. 11 (FOX 29 1 p.m.) at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles dropped a 27-20 decision to the Redskins earlier this season. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson remembers that contest, which got away from his team.
“Well,that was Big V’s [Halapoulivaati Vaitai] first start,” Pederson said. “So, that was obviously one of the things going into the game, how well he was going to play and protection and things like that. Obviously, we felt we had opportunities in the game. We didn’t capitalize on a few things in the football game. Fell behind again defensively. Malcolm [Jenkins] had the pick six and kind of kept us right in there. Special teams had a big day. So those are the things that kept us in that football game.
“I know offensively we have to do a little bit better executing our game plan, just understanding. It’s great to now finally have a home game here with them, and a great opportunity against a good against a good football team that’s playing extremely well.”
The Eagles are expected to have running back Ryan Mathews and wide receiver Jordan Matthews back against Washington. Offensively, wide receiver Paul Turner will get some playing time against the Redskins. Turner made his first regular season appearance in the loss to the Bengals. The rookie wideout from Louisana Tech was a real bright spot for the Eagles. He had six receptions for 80 yards. He averaged 13.3 yards a catch. Pederson feels Matthews and Turner can bolster the passing attack.
“We talked about the last couple of days as a staff getting in Paul in there, even with Jordan coming back,” Pederson said. “I think it can be a benefit to the offense to have both of those guys ready to go.”
Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has been under a lot of pressure in recent weeks. In the game against the Bengals, Wentz threw the football 60 times completing 36 passes for 308 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Of course, the Eagles were behind most of the game against Cincinnati. If they can get ahead and use the running game, that could make a difference in the offense.
“Well, we fell behind, so it’s hard [to run the football],” Pederson said. “But I like where we’re at. I do lean on that offensive line quite a bit. I talk to them during the week and say this might be the week we need to rush the ball 30, 35 times. They’re up for a challenge. With the addition of Ryan [Mathews] coming back, it definitely gives us depth and a bigger [running] back back there. Hopefully, we can get back to running the ball like we did a few weeks ago.”