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Quick Take: Eagles (3-5) at Redskins (5-3)

Last meeting
In Week 2, Redskins rookie safety LaRon Landry separated Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis from the ball at the 2-yard line to end Philadelphia's late rally. The incomplete pass came on fourth down and allowed the Redskins to run out the clock and secure a 20-12 road win.

Andy Reid has turned around the Eagles fortunes against the Redskins. Since he became coach, Philadelphia is 11-6 against its NFC East rival and Reid has made what used to be a lopsided advantage for Washington in the overall series a little slimmer at 75-64-5.

Last week
The Eagles hosted the Cowboys with a chance to re-enter the NFC East race. Instead, Philadelphia suffered a humbling 38-17 loss against Dallas and was left searching for answers. ... The Redskins were out to prove the previous week's 52-7 blowout loss in New England was not indicative of their ability, and they did so -- barely. They needed five field goals from Shaun Suisham, including a 46-yarder in overtime, to knock off the 1-8 Jets, 23-20.

At stake
With the chances of defending their NFC East title just about vanished after Sunday's loss to Dallas, the Eagles must now focus on getting back into the NFC wild-card race. At 3-5, they trail the Lions by three games in the NFC with eight games to go and they can't afford any more losses if they hope to forge a serious run. ... Courtesy of its 5-3 record, Washington has positioned itself for a potential postseason run. A home loss to the Eagles, though, and the Redskins risk falling out of the picture with tough road games against Dallas and Tampa Bay up next.

Key matchup
Redskins tight end Chris Cooley vs. Eagles linebackers. Philadelphia's new linebacking corps has struggled at times this season. Young starters Chris Gocong and Omar Gaither have failed to make many game-changing plays and veteran Takeo Spikes has been conspicuously quiet as well. In particular, the Eagles have struggled to contain opposing team's tight ends in recent weeks. In its past three games Philadelphia has surrendered a total of 17 catches, 207 yards and two touchdowns to tight ends. In Cooley, the task gets no easier for the Eagles. He is one of the league's better players at the position and scored a touchdown in the Redskins' win over the Eagles earlier this season. With Washington's receivers still having yet to score a touchdown this year, Cooley has emerged as the team's most dangerous red-zone threat. He leads NFC tight ends with five touchdown receptions and his 24 TD catches since 2004 are the highest in the NFC over that period. If the Eagles can keep Cooley out of the end zone, they have a much better chance of limiting the Redskins and stealing a much-needed road victory.

Did you know?
Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs had his first career interception return for a touchdown against the Eagles on Sept. 6, 1998. He was with the Seahakws at the time.

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