The race for the NFC East could end in Week 16 as the Washington Redskins (7-7) visit the Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night. With a win, Washington clinches the division for the first time since 2012. If Philadelphia can emerge victorious, they’ll be the ones with control of the NFC East heading into Week 17.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins continues his second-half emergence as he leads the Redskins to the brink of hosting a playoff game. He leads the NFL in completion percentage (69.7) and has thrown for 16 touchdowns and just three interceptions since Week 7. In a 35-25 home win over Buffalo last week, Cousins completed 22 of 28 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns. In a 23-20 home win over the Eagles in Week 4, Cousins went 31-of-46 for 290 yards and a final-minute touchdown pass to lock up a victory.
DeSean Jackson makes a return to Philadelphia as he faces his old team for the first time this season after missing the Week 4 tilt. Jackson compiled a season-high 153 receiving yards on six catches in the win over Buffalo. He also caught his fourth touchdown of the season, all of which have come in the last five games. Jordan Reed caught his eighth and ninth touchdowns of the season last week and has caught all 16 of his targets for 204 yards and three scores over the last two games.
Philadelphia ranks No. 24 against the pass (259.1 yards per game) and has given up 35.6 points over the last five. The Eagles have allowed 400 or more total yards of offense in each of the last five, including 493 yards to Arizona in a 40-17 loss last week.
The Eagles offense still looks like it provides more questions than answers as DeMarco Murray carried the ball twice for three yards last week, feeding into the notion of a rift between he and coach Chip Kelly. Ryan Matthews led the backfield in carries for the second straight week, gaining 58 yards on 11 carries and Darren Sproles saw much of the change-of-pace and goal line work. The Redskins rank No. 28 against the run, allowing 129.8 yards per game. Buffalo ran for 240 yards on the ground last week.
Sam Bradford has turned it over four times the last two games, both Eagles losses, but completed 28 of 41 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns last week. Bradford threw for 270 yards and three scores against the Redskins in the Week 4 meeting. He’ll likely look to reconnect with Jordan Matthews, who caught eight passes for a career-high 159 yards against Arizona.
TV Channel: NFL Network
Start Time: 8:25 p.m.
Betting Odds: Philadelphia -3
Prediction: Washington, despite being 1-5 on the road, has come into its own over the last few weeks and looks more like a football team than the Eagles do. Cousins is playing well and has some receiving weapons that Philadelphia will have a hard time stopping. Redskins win the game and the NFC East, 27-23.