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Redskins 2016 Season Preview: Philadelphia Eagles, Week 14


As the Washington Redskins get closer to the start of another season, will preview all 16 of the team's regular season games, continuing with today's look against the Philadelphia Eagles.

*The Redskins return to Lincoln Financial Field, the site of their NFC East-clinching victory in 2015, in early December hoping to win for a second straight time in Philadelphia. *

Result Of Last Game vs. Philadelphia:Won 38-24 on Dec. 26, 2015

Philadelphia's Key Additions: Signed QB Chase Daniel, C Stefen Wisniewski, CB Leodis McKelvin, S Rodney McLeod, WR Rueben Randle, WR Chris Givens; Drafted QB Carson Wentz (North Dakota St.), CB Blake Countess (Auburn), S Jalen Mills (LSU)

Philadelphia's Key Subtractions: CB Byron Maxwell (traded/Dolphins), LB Kiko Alonso (traded/Dolphins), RB DeMarco Murray (traded/Titans), Walter Thurmond III (retired), WR Riley Cooper (free agent), P Ryan Quigley (free agent/Jaguars)

Philadelphia's Pro Bowlers: DT Fletcher Cox, T Jason Peters, RB Darren Sproles, S Malcom Jenkins

The Redskins have very good memories from their last trip to Philadelphia.

Christmas came one day late at Lincoln Financial Field in 2015, when Washington won their second consecutive game on the road, part of four straight victories that closed out the season, to win the NFC East division title.

The team's 38-24 victory in front of the opposing fans was its 600th all-time, and it came with a list of broken records that the Redskins became accustomed to as the season concluded.

Among those who contributed greatly to all the celebrating in the postgame locker room was tight end Jordan Reed, who caught a team-high nine passes for a season-high 129 yards and two touchdowns, both of which he collected in the first quarter.

His performance broke the Redskins single-season receiving yardage record of 849, set last by Chris Cooley in 2010. He also tied Cooley for most receptions by a tight end in a single season with 83 and became the third member of the Redskins to post two or more receiving touchdowns in back-to-back contests in a single season.

Defensively, safety DeAngelo Hall scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown while linebacker Preston Smith broke out with three sacks against Sam Bradford. The game was the definition of a team win.

A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.

It might be tougher to win the division again in Philadelphia (they's need to do it with three game remaining), especially considering the fact that the Eagles close the last four games of their season facing three NFC East opponents, starting with Washington.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia represents the third consecutive road game for the Redskins, following the Cowboys and Cardinals, though the plane ride will be much quicker.

At this point in the season, the Redskins will know just how effectively the Eagles have moved on from some of their newest additions and departures from the offseason – notably losing DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso while gaining Stefen Wisniewski, Reuben Randle and first-rounder Carson Wentz, among others.

Wentz could also be under center depending on how the Eagles fare with Bradford and if Philadelphia wants to see what they have in the  North Dakota state product late in the season as a trial run.

In addition to the Eagle's threats at tight end – Zach Ertz and Brent Celek, both of whom earned contract extensions – Philadelphia will rely on Jordan Matthews to do some of the heavy lifting on the receiving end. His 85 receptions and 997 yards led the team last year and should be complemented by an improved season from Nelson Agholor and newcomer Randle.

For more information on the Eagles' roster, take a look at their first matchup with each other on Week 6. 

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