The Philadelphia Eagles first meeting against the Washington Redskins was a sign of things to come for the 2016 season.
In the Week 6 matchup, Philadelphia had just 239 yards of total offense and scored just one offensive touchdown. Washington had 492 yards of total offense, including 230 yards on the ground.
The Eagles scored a defensive touchdown and a special teams touchdown to stay in the game, a Malcolm Jenkins 64-yard interception return and an 86-yard kickoff return for a score by Wendell Smallwood.
Carson Wentz's rookie wall started to build in this game. Wentz went 11-for-22 for 179 yards with a 77.7 passer rating. Wentz was working with a makeshift offensive line after Lane Johnson was handed down a 10-game suspension. Rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai allowed 2.5 sacks to Ryan Kerrigan as the Eagles offensive line caused Wentz to be sacked five times in the game.
In the fourth quarter, Wentz adjusted to get the Eagles back in the game. The rookie completed 6-of-12 passes for 125 yards, which included 2-for-3 for 77 yards on third down. That one incompletion was a dropped pass by a wide open Zach Ertz that would have resulted in a touchdown.
The Eagles have certainly been in a free fall since that Redskins game, going 2-5 over their last seven games to take themselves out of the NFC playoff race. Could this be the game the Eagles salvage what's left of their season?
Philadelphia's defense, the same one that has allowed 28.3 points and 412.7 yards per game over the last there games, has a huge challenge against a Washington offense that is averaging 418.6 yards per game (second in NFL) and 309.1 pass yards per game (second in NFL).
Kirk Cousins has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,811 yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions with a 99.6 passer rating...has owned the Eagles in his career. Cousins is 3-1 and averages 336.3 yards per game with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions against Philadelphia.
Cousins is another player that gets rid of the ball quick. The Eagles will have to send more than four rushers against Cousins if they want to get to him. Philadelphia has not recorded a sack in its last two games. Cousins could easily make it three straight.
The Redskins ran for 230 yards against the Eagles defense in their last meeting, which may be an abnormality. Philadelphia will have to keep an eye out for Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson, who average a combined 4.8 yards per carry. Both had a combined 96 yards in the first meeting.
The Eagles offense has certainly struggled over the course of the season, ranking 20th at 337.9 points per game and 228.2 pass yards per contest (23rd in NFL). Washington has allowed 369.6 yards per game (23rd) and 24.6 points per game (20th).
Philadelphia is valued itself on controlling time of possession, but will need to run the ball in order to do so. The Eagles have abandoned that formula during their 2-7 stretch.
Running the ball against Washington will be imperative for Philadelphia to stay in the game. The Redskins allow 114.3 rush yards per game (22nd in NFL), but just 95.5 over their last four games. The Eagles run game should be improved with the expected return of Ryan Mathews as the No. 1 running back.
The task to beat Washington seems like a daunting one for Philadelphia, but crazier things have happened when these NFC East foes meet.