The Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins face off in tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup. This NFC East showdown is a rematch of sorts; these two teams opened their seasons against each other. The Eagles (5-1) came away with a win in that game and will look to sweep the Redskins (3-2).
The Eagles and the Redskins first played each other in the Week 1 season-opener. Carson Wentz led Philadelphia to a 30-17 win over Washington. After that game, the Eagles went on to lose to the Kansas City Chiefs. Since that loss, they have won four in a row. The Redskins have lost one game since Week 1, and that was also to the Chiefs. This division rivalry game will be a key matchup for determining the chances at a spot atop the NFC East.
Carson Wentz has looked better this season for Philadelphia after a tough rookie season. Wentz has thrown 13 touchdowns and 3 picks on the season, with a 99.6 passer rating. Wentz has thrown the ball deeper and targeted downfield more frequently. The key for Washington will be to pressure him.
Kirk Cousins, the Redskins’ franchise-tagged quarterback, struggled in the season-opener, completing just over half of his passes. He has thrown 9 touchdowns on the season with just 2 interceptions. Cousins has a passer rating of 65.8. Cousins is 0-5 on Monday Night Football starts.
Kirk Cousins is 0-8 in his career on weekdays, including 0-5 on Monday Night Football. Last QB to lose his 1st 6 MNF starts? Archie Manning. pic.twitter.com/HdHN9sTryw
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 23, 2017
The Redskins are dealing with a few different injuries. First-round defensive end Jonathan Allen is out for the season with a foot injury. Cornerback Josh Norman suffered an injury to the ribs and still has not returned. For the Eagles, cornerback Ronald Darby is questionable to return. Darby suffered an ankle injury in Week 1.
What’s At Stake
A win for the Eagles could potentially push the Redskins out of contention for a spot atop the NFC East. However, if Washington wins, it keeps their chances alive as they fight for a spot at the top of the division.
Kickoff is set for 8:30.