National Football League
Preview
Philadelphia at Washington
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 15, 2019
Where: FedExField, Landover, Maryland

The Philadelphia Eagles look to strengthen their bid for supremacy atop the mediocre-at-best NFC East on Sunday when they visit the Washington Redskins. The division co-leading Eagles snapped a three-game skid with a 23-17 overtime victory over the New York Giants on Monday, but the injuries are mounting in Philadelphia.

Carson Wentz overcame the eventual season-ending injury of Alshon Jeffery (foot) to throw for a season-high 325 yards and two touchdowns -- both to Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz -- as the Eagles edged the Giants. "It's been a challenge for us," Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said of the myriad injuries. "With some of the young guys, we've just got to continue to coach and continue to prepare them and find ways to move them around or utilize the tight ends a little bit more. Whatever we can do to still be effective in the passing game, we've got to do it." While the Eagles would be wise not to look ahead to next week's showdown against Dallas, Washington would be well served to ignite a spark under an offense that is ranked last in the league. The Redskins saw their modest two-game winning streak come to a halt with a 20-15 loss at Green Bay on Sunday, marking an NFL-high seventh time they have scored 15 points or fewer this season.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Eagles -5. O/U: 39

ABOUT THE EAGLES (6-7): Ertz picked up the slack for the ailing wideouts by reeling in nine receptions for 91 yards, and he became the first tight end in NFL history to catch a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and overtime in the same game. The 29-year-old Ertz likely will see plenty of action on Sunday with Jeffery joining DeSean Jackson on injured reserve and Nelson Agholor expected to miss another game with an ailing knee. The available wide receiver corps now consists of rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, converted tight end Joshua Perkins and the just-promoted Robert Davis, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound playmaker who was drafted by Washington in 2017 out of Georgia State. "We all have worked hard to get to this point and now it's about taking advantage of your opportunity," Ward said. "We're going to go out there and be where we're supposed to be and make plays for the offense. We're here for a reason."

ABOUT THE REDSKINS (3-10): Dwayne Haskins has taken his lumps in his rookie season, as he was sacked four times and sustained a sprained right ankle that he insists won't prevent him from playing on Sunday. Adrian Peterson, who is nursing an ailing toe that forced him to miss practice on Thursday, continues to defy Father Time after rushing for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Packers. "My body's feeling good, and I'm still loving the game," the 34-year-old Peterson said. "Obviously I still can play and perform at a high level, so why walk away from it now? I'm going to keep going." Peterson needs just one rushing touchdown to tie Hall of Famer Walter Payton (110) for fifth on the NFL's all-time list, although the Eagles boast the league's third-ranked rush defense.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Philadelphia rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to post a 32-27 victory over Washington on Sept. 8, marking its fifth straight win in the series.

2. Redskins DL Matt Ioannidis has collected six of his team-leading 8.5 sacks over his past six games.

3. Eagles rookie RB Miles Sanders has at least three catches in all but one of his last nine games.

PREDICTION: Redskins 17, Eagles 16
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Philadelphia 6-7 W1 22.8 23.2 4-3 2-4 5-5 1-0 - - 4-5
Washington 3-10 L1 14.5 23.8 1-5 2-5 3-7 0-1 - - 2-7
Last Meeting
Philadelphia Washington
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/8/19 WAS 27 PHI 32 436 123 313 398 28 370
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Philadelphia C. Wentz 71.8 313 3 0
Washington C. Keenum 68.2 380 3 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Philadelphia D. Sproles 9 47 5.2 0
Washington D. Guice 10 18 1.8 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Philadelphia D. Jackson 8 154 19.2 2
Washington T. McLaurin 5 125 25.0 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Philadelphia D. Jackson 2
Washington V. Davis 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Philadelphia C. Wentz 62.8 3165 22 7
Washington C. Keenum 67.0 1343 9 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Philadelphia M. Sanders 131 565 4.3 1
Washington A. Peterson 167 718 4.3 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Philadelphia Z. Ertz 79 827 10.5 5
Washington T. McLaurin 46 703 15.3 6
Touchdowns Player TD
Philadelphia J. Howard 7
Washington T. McLaurin 6