[AUDIO] Eagles Looking to Win Key Road Game Inside Division
The Eagles head on the road this week trying to snap a three game losing streak to the host Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. So how big is this game?
ESPN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio says this is a big game for both teams. The winner could end up in first place with a Dallas loss in Green Bay.
"Washington-Philadelphia is a huge, huge game," Paolantonio stated. "If you can win road games in your division, you can win that division. In my opinion, you can throw out the last three games. That was a Billy Davis defense, this is a Jim Schwartz defense, and in my opinion, this is a game the Eagles defense must win."
On Friday, with the Eagles in the middle of a stretch where they play four-of-five on the road, including three inside the division, Pederson talked about what does it take to be a good road team.
"Number One, you’ve got to stay healthy," Pederson explained. "Number Two, you’ve got to protect the football. Number Three, you’ve got to handle the crowd noise. I guess Number Four is [that] these are division games and you’ve got to handle them one at a time."
"So how we prepare during the week -- I don't get caught up in looking down the road because this is the only game we’ve got on the schedule right now, in our opinion. We're focused on this one. Let's try to get this one first before we move on."
"But obviously in the back of your mind, you do know that you’ve got a nice little stretch coming up. At the same time, we're focused on just one at a time."
Somethings got to give:
The Redskins blitz 29% of the time this season. That’s most in the NFC East. On the flip-side, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is completing 84% of his passes against the blitz, that’s best in the NFL.
My Pick: Eagles 28, Redskins 17