With one game left in the regular season, the Eagles need to lay everything out on the field Sunday against the Redskins, who will be looking to play spoiler in Week 17. Just a few weeks ago, the Redskins were in the hunt themselves. The Eagles are 4-1 in their last five games, pushing Washington out of playoff contention.
This week the Eagles fly to Washington to take on the Redskins at FedEx Field. Back in Week 13, the Eagles did not hold anything back as they took down the Redskins at home 28-13. Carson Wentz threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, Josh Adams was emerging as a force to be reckoned with pounding the ball 20 times for 85 yards, and Zach Ertz led the team in receptions with nine and tallied 83 yards.
Something Ertz has been saying all season and said right after the Week 13 win against Washington is, “our team is built to play with the lead.” The Eagles have been putting this on full display in the last few weeks and did that the first time these two teams met as well.
The Eagles have won four of their last five games taking down the New York Giants, Redskins, Los Angeles Rams and Houston Texans. The only game the Eagles have lost during that span was in overtime to the Cowboys. Pederson likes where his team is at and how they have handled themselves during the last several weeks.
“I put a lot of credit back on the players obviously for staying focused each week, staying in the moment, one game at a time mentality,” Pederson said. “It’s a lot of credit to them as well.”
Foles will start again for the Eagles, but the offense hasn’t missed a beat with him under center. Josh Johnson will be at the helm for Washington. This will be Johnson’s third start for the Redskins.
In the NFC East rivals’ previous contest, No. 86 broke the single season receptions mark for the Eagles, surpassing Brian Westbrook who recorded 90 catches in a single season. The record stood for 11 years.
Ertz leads all tight ends in receptions (113), next is Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (98). Last week, Zach broke the all-time single-season receptions mark for a tight end that Jason Witten held since 2012.
Records aren’t what Ertz is playing for this season and never has been. He says it is nice to look back and reflect on his season and know that he has the record, but the most important aspect of the game to him is winning. He wants to be a team player and do everything he can to get his guys another Lombardi trophy.
“We’re definitely playing our best football right now, we just have to find a way to get in,” Ertz said. “Hopefully the Bears will hold it down for us and we can go down to Washington and get a win.”
The Eagles need two things to happen Sunday in order to steal the wild card spot from the Vikings: A Bears victory over the Vikings as well as an Eagles win in Washington. Earlier this season, the Bears beat the Vikings and there is a good possibility that they do so again on Sunday. But all Philly can do is take care of business against Washington.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET and will air on Fox.