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Jackson Focused On Winning Not Numbers

DeSean Jackson was at his locker following Wednesday's practice and he was asked when he would score another 50-yard touchdown. His 48-yard touchdown last Sunday against the Bears was his seventh total of the season (five receiving, one rushing, one punt return) and the first that wasn't for 50 yards.

Jackson smiled as he turned to his teammates and jokingly asked when he would score another one. But he said that he's not concerned about making big plays, he's "worried about winning."

"It's fun to be able to go out there and make these big plays for the team to help bring energy to the locker room," said Jackson, who is the league's leading punt returner. "I'm just going to do whatever I can do to keep sparking the team."

This Thanksgiving holiday is bittersweet for Jackson. It's his first without his father Bill, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer last May. DeSean's father was diagnosed during the Eagles' playoff run last season. As the Eagles gear up for another run, Jackson is able to put what truly matters in perspective.

"I'm thankful for being alive and being able to wake up every day, to be around my family and loved ones and to be able to play this game," Jackson said. "I'm one of the blessed and fortunate few who is able to play this game."

This Sunday's game against the Redskins can help keep the Eagles on track for another playoff run. In the last meeting between the two teams, he had two catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. Jackson also had a 67-yard run, his career long, for another score.

"I feel they'll do a great job to do whatever they need to do to not let me take advantage of them," Jackson said. "It is what it is. I still have to go out there and make plays and just continue to help this team win."

Despite the Redskins' 3-7 record, they lost to division-leading Dallas by just one point last week. Jackson and his teammates understand that they can't overlook an NFC East rival.

"All the guys know what rides on this game. We're taking it in stride and not looking past these teams," Jackson said. "This could easily be a trap game, but we're going to come into the game and play hard and just set ourselves up good for the playoffs."

A win over the Redskins would give the Eagles three over the NFC East this season, as well as a season sweep of Washington. Last season, the Redskins swept the Eagles, who only won a pair of NFC East games in the regular season.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 9:10 a.m., November 26

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