the Eagles enter January with a three-game winning streak and possession of the last wildcard spot in the NFC playoff photo. To keep their streak and playoff spot intact, they’ll need to defeat the Washington soccer team for the second time in 13 days.
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The Eagles come off a resounding 34-10 victory over the Giants. Quarterback Jalen Hurts overcame some difficulties early on to lead the offense with a surge in the second half. These results were similar to those in the Week 15 game between the Eagles and Washington. The football team took a 10-0 lead, but the Eagles quickly distinguished the fire from their rivals and won 27-17.
Another win over Washington could help the Eagles secure a playoff berth by Sunday night. The Eagles will need help to accomplish this feat, but it’s not impossible. That said, Washington will be looking to bounce back after being taken down by the Dallas Cowboys, 56-14, in Week 16.
Will the Eagles win their fourth straight game? Here’s what our authors think:
Mike Kaye: Eagles reporter, NJ Advance Media
It is the most important game of the year for both teams. Washington crumbles, as the Eagles pit themselves against a series of modest teams. Even without starting running back Miles Sanders (hand), the Eagles are the most talented team and they should be able to come forward against Washington.
While Jalen Hurts has been mixed over the past two weeks, this second clash with Washington should give him the opportunity to stand out as a passer. The Eagles need to start fast and finish strong. Depending on other factors, if the Eagles win this game, they will make the playoffs before Week 18.
TAKE: Eagles 24, Washington 20
Chris Franklin: Eagles reporter, NJ Advance Media
The Eagles have a legitimate chance at clinching a playoff berth on Sunday, but recent additions of three players to the Reserve / COVID-19 roster leave questions along the defensive line. The Eagles have also started slow in their last two games, and the football squad is expected to be nearly complete after dealing with its own COVID outbreak. This game will be closer than expected, with the Eagles narrowly leaving Landover, Md., With the win.
TAKE: Eagles 20, Washington 17
Zack Rosenblatt: Giants reporter, NJ Advance Media
Eagles-Washington: Washington has just experienced the worst embarrassment of the season, a terrible loss against the Cowboys. The Eagles should thank the lineup gods for the end of their season. If they can’t win this one, they don’t deserve to make the playoffs – and they should win.
TAKE: Eagles 27, Washington 17
Joey Chandler: Jets reporter, NJ Advance Media
The Eagles have been playing well lately as Washington struggles. Jalen Hurts leads the Eagles to an unmissable victory.
TAKE: Eagles 24, Washington 13
Darryl Slater: NFL Writer, NJ Advance Media
A huge game for the 8-7 Eagles, as they try to stay in the NFC wildcard race with two games to go. Washington, at 6-9, came out of this race, thanks to three straight losses (Cowboys, Eagles, Cowboys). The Eagles will make it a fourth straight loss for Washington (and a fourth straight win for Philadelphia).
TAKE: Eagles 28, Washington 24
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