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Lately, The Redskins Have Handled Their Business Against Division Rival Eagles

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The last four times NFC East rivals the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles have met, the Redskins have come out on top.*

In the NFL, beating a divisional rival is a hard task. It's even more difficult to beat them twice in the same season.

But the Redskins have been very successful lately against the rival Philadelphia Eagles, defeating them four straight times dating back to 2014.

The Redskins look for their second consecutive season sweep of the Eagles as they face Philadelphia on Sunday.

The current winning streak started in week 16 of 2014, when the then 3-11 Redskins played spoilers to a contending Eagles team. A 26-yard field goal from Kai Forbath with six seconds left gave the Redskins a 27-24 lead, ultimately eliminating the Eagles from playoff contention.

In 2015, a touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins to receiver Pierre Garçon with 26 seconds propelled the Redskins to a week 4, 23-20 victory. In Week 16, a Redskins offensive explosion led them to a 38-24 victory, clinching a second NFC East crown in four years.

In Week 6 of the 2016 season, the Redskins defeated Philadelphia 27-20, holding Philadelphia to just 239 total yards and 145 passing yards. 

"Yeah, you know, again we were consistent from start to finish. We played well," defensive coordinator Joe Barry said on the Redskins' week 6 victory. "We played the run well, we rushed the quarterback well. I think when you do those things throughout the course of a ballgame, that's what you're looking for from a consistency standpoint.  So, it was a good day for us all the way around, and, you know, we didn't really do anything special. We just played hard. We made plays."

Although the Eagles have struggled as of late, they are 4-1 at Lincoln Financial Field. Despite dropping two straight, the Redskins, meanwhile, are still in the thick of the Wild Card race. As they continue to fight for a playoff spot, they can't take Philadelphia lightly.

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Over the Redskins' four-game winning-streak over the Eagles, three of those wins have been decided by seven points or less. The Redskins are ready for another tough game with Philadelphia.

Stopping quarterback Carson Wentz will be key in order to bring home a victory. Although the rookie has struggled, the Redskins know the capabilities he has.

"He can stand in the pocket and make all the throws," Barry said. "They've done a great job with him. They've not held back with him at all, they've turned it over to him and he's running the show. [He's a] very good player and a guy that's something to deal with – both in the passing game with his arm and then obviously with creating with his feet."

"He's very athletic and any time you have an athletic quarterback that can extend plays, that can become very dangerous," defensive lineman Chris Baker said. "We're going have to do a very good job of containing him and keeping him in the pocket, making him uncomfortable like we did in the last game."

A week ago, the Redskins struggled to get off the field on third down. In the Week 6 clash, the Eagles were just 4-of 12 on third down.

Getting off the field and keeping the ball in the offense's hands will be key for Washington as they hope to press the winning streak to five games over Philadelphia. 

"We feel like we did let this football team down the last two football games, and it just boils down to getting off the field on third down, getting the ball back for our offense," safety Donte Whitner Sr. said. "Some of those drives would be ended if we get off on third down and we wouldn't allow them to get points. If you get the opportunity to make a stop on third down, you make it. If you get the opportunity to make a play on the football, you make it. That's what it boils down to – that third down, not letting them extend drives and not giving them points and we'll be ok."

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