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Eagles fans didn't enjoy the emergence of Kirk Cousins as Washington's quarterback in 2015. Jay Gruden named Cousins the starting quarterback over former No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III and he rewarded his head coach's faith by posting the best completion percentage in the league (69.8), the fifth-best passer rating (101.6) and eighth-best average in yards per attempt (7.67).
Washington was 5-7 at one point in the season, but Cousins rallied the Redskins down the stretch by winning the final four games including three on the road. The Redskins scored 34 or more points in each of the final three games. The biggest key for Washington is that it swept the season series with Philadelphia after defeating the Eagles 38-24 the day after Christmas.
The Redskins won the NFC East for the first time since 2012, but came back to earth in the Wild Card matchup with the Green Bay Packers. Cousins threw for 329 yards and a touchdown, but the Packers dominated in the second half scoring the final 18 points of the game to win 35-18. It should be noted that Washington was able to capture the division title without beating a team that finished with a winning record last season.
Cousins hit free agency at the perfect time and was given the franchise tag by Washington. Meanwhile, Griffin was released and signed with the Cleveland Browns.
After a quiet start to free agency, Washington pounced on the opportunity to improve a secondary that ranked 25th in total passing yards, passing yards per play and interception rate in 2015 by signing All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman, who was released from the franchise tag by the Carolina Panthers.
The Redskins locked up talented tight end Jordan Reed (87 catches, 952 yards, 11 touchdowns) to a long-term deal prior to the NFL Draft then gave Cousins another weapon on the perimeter with wide receiver Josh Doctson in the first round. Doctson has size (6-2, 202 pounds) and big-play ability (25 touchdowns in last two years at TCU) which will give the Eagles something else to consider in an offense that still has deep threat DeSean Jackson.
The Eagles will need to win the battle up front with their defensive line against Washington's front five. The Redskins sport two former first-round picks in left tackle Trent Williams and right guard Brandon Scherff, but have question marks at the other spots. The Redskins are unproven at running back with leading rusher Alfred Morris now in Dallas. Last year's third-round pick Matt Jones showed flashes, but rounded out his rookie campaign with 490 yards on 3.4 yards per carry.
This Week 6 matchup on the road opens the Eagles' NFC East slate and offers a chance to square off against the defending division champions. Remember, no team has repeated in the NFC East since the Eagles in 2004.
|Key Additions||Key Losses|
|S David Bruton||T Tom Compton|
|TE Vernon Davis||CB Chris Culliver|
|WR Josh Doctson||S Dashon Goldson|
|LB Terence Garvin||QB Robert Griffin III|
|CB Josh Norman||DE Jason Hatcher|
|DE Kendall Reyes||DT Terrance Knighton|
|RB Alfred Morris|
|LB Keenan Robinson|
|S Trenton Robinson|
|FB Darrel Young|