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Redskins Turn Their Attention To The Eagles


Now that the preseason is complete, the Redskins set sights on getting the regular season off on the right note against the Eagles. Washington has won the last five meetings between the opponents.

The regular season is finally here.

In a little more than a week, the Washington Redskins will open up the 2017 regular season with an NFC East rivalry game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField in Landover, Md.

The game will be televised on Fox with a 1 p.m. EST kickoff.

The Redskins come into the contest riding a five-game winning streak against the Eagles. If Washington secures another victory over Philadelphia in the opener, it will mark the first six-game winning streak for the Redskins in the series since 1981-84.

The Redskins lead the all-time series 86-73-5.

Once again, the Eagles' offense will be led by 2016 No. 2-overall pick Carson Wentz. As a rookie last year, the quarterback started all 16 games for the Eagles and passed for more than 3,700 yards along with 16 touchdowns to 14 interceptions.

Wentz has new weapons to target this year, though, as the Eagles brought in veteran wide receivers Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith.

Despite coming off a career low in receiving yards (267) in his second season with the San Francisco 49ers, Smith is still just 28 years old. In 2014, he recorded 11 receiving touchdowns.

Jeffrey, meanwhile, joins the Eagles after five seasons with the Chicago Bears. In his only two seasons in which he's appeared in all 16 regular season games, the South Carolina product has recorded at least 1,100 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

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At running back, the Eagles brought in LeGarrette Blount while releasing Ryan Mathews.

Blount is coming off an NFL-high 18 rushing touchdowns last season with the New England Patriots.

Defensively, the Eagles – like the Redskins – used their first three picks in the 2017 NFL Draft to select players on that side of the ball.

First, Philadelphia selected Tennessee pass rusher Derek Barnett before selecting defensive backs Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglass in the second and third rounds respectively.

The Eagles also traded for defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan in the offseason to pair alongside Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry.

Cox is already fifth all-time in career sacks (28.5) among interior defensive linemen for Philadelphia.

In the last matchup between the Redskins and Eagles last December, Washington got a late touchdown from Chris Thompson to jump out to a 27-22 lead before Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy sealed a victory with a forced fumble in the waning seconds of the contest.

The last time the division opponents faced off at FedExField, the Redskins secured a 27-20 victory as Kirk Cousins passes for 263 yards and the rushing attack churned out a season-high 263 yards.

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