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Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles Preview and Prediction

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins

The NFC East race could be settled on Saturday as the Redskins travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles. Washington is in a "win and you are in" situation while the home team needs to win its final two games of the season. The Skins enter this one having won three of their last four games while the Eagles have lost four of their last six.

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These two played each other back on Oct. 4 with Washington holding serve at home 23-20 after Kirk Cousins led them down the field for a late drive. Philadelphia managed 320 yards of offense, but had two costly fumbles. Cousins finished 31-for-46 for 290 yards in the victory.

Washington at Philadelphia

Kickoff: 8:25 p.m. ET (Saturday)

TV: NFL Network

Spread: Eagles -3

Three Things to Watch

1. Start fast... finish furiously

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The Eagles are coming off a terrible 40-17 loss on Sunday night to the Cardinals at home in which Arizona took the crowd out of the game early. Philly fans have gone through a lot this season and don't have an issue booing the team when it's deserved. If Washington can score early and often, then this may become a bit of a laugher especially since the Eagles have lost three of their last four at Lincoln Financial Field with two of those being blowouts. The Skins picked up their first win on the road just two weeks ago against the Bears and should be the more confident bunch.

2. DeSean needs to find DeEndZone

It's DeSean Jackson's second game in Philadelphia since being let go by the Eagles. Last year in Philly he burned them for five catches for 117 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown. Earlier this year Jackson missed the first matchup between the two teams so you know he'll be ready for this one. Jackson and Kirk Cousins are developing a solid chemistry with the two hooking up five times or more in three of the last five games both have played. The Eagles’ secondary has been flammable this year so slowing down DJax and the big plays in general will be of the utmost importance.

3. Spin the Philly RB wheel

Ryan Mathews, DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles enter this game after struggling to get much of anything going on the ground against Arizona. Murray was lightly used and that was a hot topic throughout the week. Washington's run D sprung some leaks last week at home, giving up 240 yards rushing to Buffalo. The Redskins have allowed 129.8 yards via the rush all year long. When the Eagles are running it well, then they can pick up the pace and the offense runs a lot smoother.

Final Analysis

The NFC Least could finally be decided Saturday night in Philadelphia. All of the signs point to the road team coming in and taking it to the Eagles, who just can't seem put it all together for any extended period. The way this season has gone though, it feels like the division won’t be determined until Week 17 when Washington plays in Dallas and Philadelphia is in New York to take on the Giants. Somehow, the home team gets the win, but not the cover.

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Prediction: Eagles 24, Redskins 23

— Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @MidMajorMatt.