|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3.5||0-3||2-1||17.7||5.7||362.0||(5.6)||1.3||32.0||18.3||352.3||(6.3)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||17.3||5.3||22.1||31:17||28-128||(4.5)||23-39||59.5%||246||(6.4)||67-373||(5.6)||(21.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.3||11.6||20.1||30:21||28-124||(4.4)||21-34||61.7%||233||(6.9)||62-357||(5.8)||(16)|
|Offense Road Games||12.5||3.2||21.0||30:21||26-144||(5.6)||22-41||53.7%||220||(5.4)||67-364||(5.5)||(29.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.6||13.1||18.9||29:10||27-114||(4.2)||20-34||58.6%||224||(6.6)||61-338||(5.5)||(13.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.6||11.3||20.6||30:03||24-95||(3.9)||24-39||62.4%||265||(6.8)||63-360||(5.7)||(15.2)|
|Defense Road Games||21.7||14.5||17.5||29:39||28-118||(4.2)||18-31||57.7%||185||(6)||59-304||(5.2)||(14)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||1.2||2.3||-1.2||14-5||38.9%||1-1||63.6%||3-68||(19.7)||2-10||(6.5)||7-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||2.1||13-5||37.8%||1-1||60.1%||3-72||(23.8)||20-2||(9.5)||7-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.2||1.7||3.0||-1.5||15-6||39.0%||1-1||66.7%||2-52||(20.8)||1-14||(11)||7-67|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.3||1.1|| ||13-4||35.1%||1-0||16.7%||3-75||(27)||3-43||(13.7)||8-65|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.5||1.3|| ||13-5||39.8%||1-0||48.3%||3-65||(25.7)||20-2||(9.2)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.0||0.5||1.5|| ||13-5||37.3%||0-0||0.0%||3-71||(25.9)||3-35||(10.9)||5-59|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3.5||1-2||0-3||16.0||7.3||357.3||(5.6)||1.3||25.0||15.7||359.3||(6.4)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||25.1||13.1||21.7||30:59||31-167||(5.3)||20-30||65.1%||216||(7.1)||61-382||(6.2)||(15.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23||11.4||20.8||30:23||27-115||(4.3)||23-35||64.3%||247||(7)||62-362||(5.9)||(15.7)|
|Offense Home Games||24.7||9.2||21.7||29:49||30-169||(5.7)||19-30||63.9%||180||(6)||59-349||(5.9)||(14.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.6||13.7||22.8||29:01||23-96||(4.2)||25-39||63.8%||302||(7.7)||62-398||(6.4)||(14.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.2||12.7||19.8||30:59||26-110||(4.2)||22-35||62.7%||248||(7.1)||61-358||(5.9)||(14.8)|
|Defense Home Games||27.2||13.5||23.7||30:11||27-100||(3.7)||25-39||65.8%||313||(8.1)||65-412||(6.3)||(15.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.4||1.0||0.8||12-4||28.6%||2-1||78.6%||3-58||(22.9)||2-14||(6.8)||8-72|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.6||2||13-5||39.4%||1-1||55.2%||3-64||(23.8)||20-2||(9.2)||6-51|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.7||0.2||1.0||0.7||12-3||27.1%||1-1||66.7%||2-67||(26.8)||2-7||(4)||7-61|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||0.7||1.8|| ||12-5||43.7%||1-0||66.7%||2-58||(23.7)||2-16||(6.4)||6-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.5||1.4|| ||13-5||38.7%||1-0||57.9%||3-62||(24.1)||17-2||(8.3)||6-50|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||0.7||1.7|| ||13-6||46.3%||0-0||50.0%||2-62||(24.8)||2-9||(4)||5-45|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHILADELPHIA 22, WASHINGTON 20.8|
|11/5/2012||@ NEW ORLEANS||13-28||L||3||L||52.5||U||29-221||22-41-226||2||25-140||21-27-231||2|
|11/18/2012||@ WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/26/2012||CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/13/2012||CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/30/2012||@ TAMPA BAY||24-22||W||2.5||W||44.5||O||30-160||26-35-314||0||18-80||24-39-293||1|
|10/21/2012||@ NY GIANTS||23-27||L||6||W||51.5||U||38-248||20-28-232||4||19-64||26-40-329||2|
|11/18/2012||PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/22/2012||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/3/2012||NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|PHILADELPHIA: Philly has returned to a relatively balanced offensive attack, finishing middle of the pack in run/pass balance in 2011. The running game really took off after the arrival of offensive line guru Howard Mudd last season, and they're now one of the league's most effective zone-blocking teams. Head coach Andy Reid admitted that LeSean McCoy was overworked last season, so look for him to get closer to about 70 percent of the team's reps rather than the 80-plus percent he got last year. Either Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown or Chris Polk will pick up the rest. All four backs are capable of playing three downs. McCoy will get the vast majority of the team's red zone touches. The Eagles' West Coast is aggressive attacking downfield. Despite last year's issues, DeSean Jackson downfield is still this team's No. 1 option, especially when quarterback Michael Vick is able to buy time with his legs. Tight end Brent Celek emerged as a legitimate No. 2 target underneath, though Jeremy Maclin could have a bigger role now that he's entering training camp 100 percent healthy. Every once in awhile, they'll have a game plan specific to slot receiver Jason Avant, but his role will be limited as long as their top three pass catchers are healthy. They also feature McCoy and the backs heavily in the screen game. When they throw near the goal line, they look to run some sort of play-action or other misdirection and get the ball primarily to Celek. The loss of Asante Samuel hurts the Philadelphia defense, but plenty of talent remains in the secondary, most notably shutdown corners Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. There's also plenty of talent up front with DEs Jason Babin (18 sacks) and Trent Cole (11 sacks). Babin made a great decision following DL coach Jim Washburn back to Philly to play in the 'wide nine' formation, and it resulted in six multi-sack performances in 2011. Philly's blitz-happy scheme keeps defenses from doubling Babin, and the presence of Cole, one of the NFL's most consistent defensive linemen, helps open things up even more. The weakness of this defense in 2011 was the linebacking corps, which is where former Texans LB DeMeco Ryans comes in. His best years in Houston were as a 4-3 middle linebacker before the Texans switched to a 3-4 a year ago. A likely three-down 4-3 MLB in Philly, he's a solid bounce-back candidate and, as long as he can remain healthy, the productive middle man the Eagles have been lacking since Jeremiah Trotter. |
|WASHINGTON: The Redskins had to go away from the running game because they fell behind early and often last year, but their preference is to rely on their vaunted zone-blocking scheme. They generally settle on one feature back at the beginning of each game, but there's no guarantee who it will be week-to-week. Roy Helu enters the year as the heavy favorite for carries, followed by Tim Hightower and Evan Royster. All three are capable of playing three downs. Royster might be an option in the red zone later in the year, but at this point Helu and Hightower are the backs who have goal line experience. Robert Griffin III is an excellent fit in the passing game of head coach Mike and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. They want their quarterbacks to move around and throw on the run, and Griffin can do exactly that. Washington has shuffled its receiving corps. Santana Moss has a chance to be the No. 1 receiver by design, and he will move to the slot when they go three-wide. Pierre Garcon will stretch the field (Griffin threw a lot of deep balls at Baylor) with Leonard Hankerson a deep threat on the opposite side. Josh Morgan is likely the odd man out, especially since the Redskins will play a lot of two-TE sets. Because TE Fred Davis runs more WR routes, Helu could end up being Griffin's safety valve. The Shanahans love to put their quarterback on the move near the goal line too, and Griffin will have the option of a short pass or trying to punch it in himself. This will be a new-look defense with safeties LaRon Landry and O.J. Atogwe replaced by free agents Madieu Williams and Tanard Jackson. Cedric Griffin also improves the DB unit. Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo are skilled pass rushers, but the Redskins face a tough schedule this season. Meanwhile, any thoughts last year that London Fletcher may be slowing down were erased by a big finish, in which he racked up 86 total tackles over the last seven games. Fletcher's heir apparent, perhaps as early as 2013, appears to be Perry Riley, who was great last season after earning a starting spot (63 total tackles over eight starts). One of two significant returnees to the secondary is DeJon Gomes, who proved to be a capable tackler with 28 total tackles in his five starts. He has the ability to play strong safety as well as nickel corner. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, meanwhile, is so overaggressive that opposing quarterbacks can't resist throwing at him. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Adds Redskins' Meriweather, Garcon expected to return)
*Eagles-Redskins Preview* =========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Meetings between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins are usually highly anticipated and contentious.
The first matchup featuring Michael Vick starting opposite Robert Griffin III could be even greater, but it will have to wait.
With Vick out due to a concussion, embattled Eagles coach Andy Reid will turn to rookie Nick Foles in an effort to end the longest losing streak of his tenure against Griffin and the rested Redskins on Sunday.
Philadelphia (3-6) and Washington (3-6) have a rivalry that dates back to 1934, with the Redskins holding the all-time advantage at 79-70-5.
This meeting was expected to add to the lore of the rivalry, as it was supposed to mark the first time Vick and Griffin started opposite each other in a matchup of two of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL.
Instead, only the Redskins will have their regular starter under center.
Vick is struggling with a concussion suffered on a pair of bruising hits in last week's 38-23 loss to Dallas as the Eagles' losing streak reached five games - the longest in 14 seasons under Reid.
That will force Foles to make his first NFL start. The third-round pick out of Arizona completed 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown and one interception in relief last week.
"I'm ready," Foles said. "I'm excited to just play again. Like I said before, my prayers are with Mike, I just want Mike to be healthy. But it's my time to go out there and just play and do everything I can for this team and help in any way possible.
"I'm going to do my job right now until he gets healthy."
Foles may be the Eagles' quarterback of the future, but Reid - under pressure from owner Jeffrey Lurie since the start of the season - may not be a part of it. Philadelphia is underachieving again, and on the verge of its first six-game slide in a single season since concluding 1994 by dropping seven in a row.
Barring a staggering turnaround, the Eagles are headed for a second straight season out of the playoffs, which would also be a first under Reid.
Griffin and the Redskins may be in a similar situation during a three-game losing streak, but they aren't dealing with lofty expectations.
They're also refreshed coming off a bye following a 21-13 home loss to Carolina in Week 9, a game coach Mike Shanahan deemed "must-win" before suggesting the playoffs were out of reach.
An NFC East-heavy schedule is partly why that message has changed. After hosting the Eagles, the Redskins visit second-place Dallas on Thanksgiving before welcoming the division-leading New York Giants to FedEx Field on Dec. 3.
"The way the chips are falling in our division, we still can control our own destiny," defensive end Stephen Bowen said. "If we win these next three, we're right back on top of the division. It's crazy that these games are happening like this, but it's giving us the opportunity."
Improvement from Griffin may be key to getting back in the division hunt. The top pick in last April's draft has completed 53.4 percent of his passes for 392 yards with one TD over the last two games, while gaining 61 yards on 17 carries.
Griffin had averaged 66.9 rushing yards with six TDs in his first seven games. Still, he has a 93.9 passer rating, tops among rookies and good for ninth overall in the league.
Washington's defense remains one of the worst in the NFL, surrendering an average of 397.9 yards - 301.7 through the air, although it may get a boost with safety Brandon Meriweather expected to make his season debut after recovering from a knee injury.
Those numbers still may bode well for the Eagles, who are averaging 223.0 passing yards in seven games since getting a season-high 357 in a Week 2 win over Baltimore.
Jeremy Maclin is encouraged with what he's seen out of Foles so far. The receiver hauled in a season-high eight passes for 93 yards last week, including a 44-yard touchdown from the rookie. He topped 100 yards each time while the Eagles won both meetings with Washington last season.
"He can throw the ball in places, put the ball in certain places, not most guys can do in this league," Maclin said. "When he got into the preseason, the poise that he showed, it's not what most rookie quarterbacks show.
"I was impressed with that."
Griffin should have an extra weapon with receiver Pierre Garcon slated to return after a troublesome toe injury.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:40:12 PM EST|