Sunday, December 23, 2012
How you feeling? Redskins-Eagles
By Dan Graziano
PHILADELPHIA -- As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to host the Washington Redskins at 1 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field, here's one reason for Redskins fans to feel good about the game and one for Eagles fans to do the same.
Redskins feeling good: Apart from having won five in a row and facing an Eagles team that's won only one game since September and that they themselves beat 31-6 in Week 11, the Redskins are getting their quarterback back for this game. Robert Griffin III, who missed last week's game in Cleveland with a knee injury, has been cleared to play and is expected to start. Griffin was 14-for-15 with four touchdown passes in the first game against the Eagles this year, and while Kirk Cousins looked good in relief last week, the offense is capable of much more with Griffin as its pilot.
Eagles feeling good: That Week 11 loss was among the season's low points for the Eagles, who have played considerably better on defense each of the last two weeks. They beat the Buccaneers in Week 14 to end their eight-game losing streak, and while they gave up 34 points to the Bengals in Week 15 a lot of that had to do with turnovers and short fields because of offensive ineptitude. If the Eagles tackle and cover the way they have the last two weeks, the Redskins are going to have to work harder for those touchdown passes than they did in the first meeting.