LANDOVER, Md. -- As the Washington Redskins prepare to host the Philadelphia Eagles today at 1 p.m. ET at FedEx Field, here's one reason for Eagles fans to feel good and one reason for Redskins fans to do the same.
Eagles feeling good: The Eagles have won three games in a row, five of their last six and, if you want to get really crazy, 15 of their last 20 against the Redskins. The combined score of their last three games against Washington is 112-51. The Eagles have not lost at FedEx Field since Dec. 21, 2008, when the Redskins beat them 10-3 on a touchdown run by Clinton Portis. When they visited here last year, the Eagles knocked out about a half-dozen key players and started the Redskins' six-game losing streak that effectively ended their season. The Eagles have inflicted a lot of pain on the Redskins in recent seasons, and they have reason to feel as though they have Washington's number. There are a lot of players on the Redskins' side who have no idea what it even feels like to beat the Eagles.
Redskins feeling good: Rarely, over the past couple of years, have these teams met when the Redskins have been the team less in disarray. The Eagles are starting rookie Nick Foles at quarterback today for the first time. They have lost five games in a row amid intense chatter about the job security of their coach, Andy Reid. They have played three very poor defensive games since the firing of their defensive coordinator a month ago. The Redskins have the edge at quarterback with Robert Griffin III. They are at home and rested, coming off their bye week. They expect to benefit from the return of injured wide receiver Pierre Garcon and the Redskins debut of safety Brandon Meriweather, who missed the first nine games due to various injuries. They are, to put it bluntly, in better shape than the Eagles are right now. And you'd think that should be enough to counteract the spell the Eagles have had on them in recent seasons.