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Season Preview: Revenge On Washington


The 2015 schedule for the Philadelphia Eagles has been announced. The schedule features six nationally televised games and a second consecutive Thanksgiving Day game ...

The Eagles' most recent meeting with Washington didn't exactly go how fans had hoped. Entering Week 16, the Eagles were fighting for their playoff lives. They had dropped two games in a row to the Seahawks and Cowboys, but they were primed to get back on track against a 3-11 Washington team. But as the saying goes, on any given Sunday (or Saturday in this case), anything can happen.

The two sides went back and forth before Washington jumped out to a 10-point lead as the third quarter came to a close. The Eagles fought back to tie the score at 24, but a late Mark Sanchez interception ultimately helped Washington pull away with a 27-24 victory, all but ending the Eagles' playoff hopes.

But it wasn't all terrible, Eagles fans. Zach Ertz had a career day, catching 15 passes for 115 yards. The 15 grabs set an Eagles single-game record. Riley Cooper also chipped in with his most productive game of the season, catching two touchdown passes. Sanchez also set a new career high with 374 passing yards.

This time around, the Eagles roster looks a bit different, while Washington's remains mostly the same. Quarterback continues to be a question for Washington. Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy all saw time under center in 2014. Griffin is the starter, but will he ever replicate the production that he had from his outstanding rookie campaign of 2012?

Washington returns just about all of its offensive weapons from last season. DeSean Jackson had a pair of big games against his former team last season, and Alfred Morris and Pierre Garçon have always given the Eagles' defense trouble. With the fifth overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, Brandon Scherff was the first offensive lineman picked and immediately slotted in as the right tackle.

The biggest changes in the Washington lineup will be on the defensive side of the ball. Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo signed with the Titans during free agency, but defensive lineman Terrance Knighton and cornerback Chris Culliver have been added to help bolster a Washington defense that has been lacking for the past couple of seasons.

The October 4th meeting will be the Eagles' second NFC East game of the season and the first on the road. The Eagles hosted Washington at home in the first quarter of the 2014 schedule, but they'll be on the road this time around. It will be the Eagles' second road game in as many weeks, but the good news is that the team won't have to travel far either time (at Jets in Week 3). !

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