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Preview
Washington at Philadelphia
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 11, 2016
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Washington Redskins hope to rebound after two straight losses on Sunday when they begin a favorable portion of their schedule with a road tilt against the low-flying Philadelphia Eagles. Washington will vie for its fifth straight victory and a series sweep of its NFC East rival before hosting Carolina, visiting Chicago and wrapping up the regular-season slate against the New York Giants.

Kirk Cousins followed up consecutive three-touchdown performances by completing just 21-of-37 passes in a 31-23 loss to Arizona last week, putting the Redskins on the outside of the playoff picture. The 28-year-old Cousins would welcome a repeat of last season's late surge, as he tossed 12 touchdown passes against one interception to help Washington secure the division title. While Dallas has a chance to wrap up division laurels on Sunday, the Redskins could improve their chances toward a wild-card berth against a Philadelphia club that has dropped seven of nine after a 3-0 start. Rookie Carson Wentz has endured pronounced growing pains, tossing 10 interceptions in his last seven games - including three in a 32-14 loss to Cincinnati.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Redskins -1. O/U: 46.5

ABOUT THE REDSKINS (6-5-1): Washington boasts the NFL's second-ranked offense (418.6 yards per game) and could get a boost as Jordan Reed told reporters he feels confident he'll play on Sunday after sitting out last week's tilt with a Grade 3 separation of the AC joint in his left shoulder. Coach Jay Gruden wasn't exactly on board with his stud tight end's health report, saying he has "absolutely no idea" if Reed will play and that it could come down to Saturday afternoon or game time before a decision is made. Reed ripped the Eagles for nine catches, 129 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 16 win last season, but sat out the first encounter this season due to injury.

ABOUT THE EAGLES (5-7): Philadelphia's offense has lacked sizzle of late but could receive a jolt with the expected returns of wideout Jordan Matthews (team-leading 57 receptions) and running back Ryan Mathews (seven rushing TDs). The former was able to practice on Thursday after missing his first game - college or pro - last week against the Bengals while the latter has been sidelined several weeks with an MCL sprain. A lack of potent running game has forced Wentz to average 45 pass attempts over his last six games - including 60 last week.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Washington Pro Bowl LT Trent Williams will be back on the field Sunday after serving a league-imposed four-game suspension.

2. Philadelphia has surrendered an average of 28 points during its three-game losing skid.

3. Redskins rookie RB Robert Kelley has rushed for a total of 100 yards in his last two games after totaling 291 with four touchdowns in his previous three.

PREDICTION: Redskins 31, Eagles 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Washington 6-5-1 L2 25.2 24.6 4-2 2-3-1 4-3-1 0-0 - - 4-4
Philadelphia 5-7 L3 22.3 20.4 4-1 1-6 5-2 0-0 - - 3-6
Last Meeting
Washington Philadelphia
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/16/16 PHI 20 WAS 27 493 230 263 239 94 145
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Washington K. Cousins 52.9 263 2 1
Philadelphia C. Wentz 50.0 179 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Washington M. Jones 16 135 8.4 1
Philadelphia R. Mathews 9 60 6.7 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Washington P. Garcon 6 77 12.8 0
Philadelphia J. Matthews 3 75 25.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Washington J. Crowder 1
Philadelphia M. Jenkins 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Washington K. Cousins 67.5 3811 21 8
Philadelphia C. Wentz 63.1 2901 12 11
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Washington R. Kelley 112 524 4.7 4
Philadelphia R. Mathews 102 427 4.2 7
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Washington J. Crowder 58 767 13.2 7
Philadelphia J. Matthews 57 686 12.0 3
Touchdowns Player TD
Washington J. Crowder 8
Philadelphia R. Mathews 8