The last time the Redskins played the Eagles, both teams were 3-6 and battling to stay out of the cellar of the NFC East. The Redskins trounced the Eagles 31-6 at FexExField and have not lost again since.
In that stretch, the Redskins have beaten the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving, the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, the Baltimore Ravens in overtime and the Cleveland Browns in overtime with a backup rookie quarterback getting the start. With so much excitement in the last month, the Redskins are poised to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007, and possibly host a game for the first time since 1999.
But all of this is premature if the team fails to take care of business against the Eagles. The Eagles are nearly two years removed from being the "Dream Team," and have very little to show for the hype. That does not, however, mean that they can be overlooked. They have a veteran roster playing for pride, with a rookie quarterback looking to prove he can be the long-term solution. Head coach Andy Reid may be on the hot seat, but he possesses a 17-10 record against the Redskins in 27 career matchups.
Look for the Eagles to come out firing, so the Redskins need to set the tone early.