Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/16/12
It's the battle of the NFC East's bottom teams for this matchup.Both teams showed a lot of promise at the beginning with Robert Griffin III leading the Redskins to a 2-2 record and Michael Vick leading the the Eagles to 3-1 record.However, a lot has changed since then as both teams currently stand at 3-6 and barely clinging to any hopes of making it to the playoffs.Come Sunday one of these teams will leave victorious and back in the hunt, while the other leaves virtually eliminated from playoff contention.No. 1: Robert Griffin has a career day of over 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing, putting him back in the Rookie of the Year conversation. Robert Griffin III is coming off two disappointing performances heading into the bye week. In both games he failed to throw over 250 yards and complete 60 percent of his passes as the Redskins went into the bye losing three straight. Going against a sputtering Eagles defense this week, RG3 has a great opportunity to have a bounce back game and get the Redskins back on track.After leading the league in sacks last year, the Eagles have failed to get the quarterback this year and apply pressure. The Eagles have only been able to record 14 sacks midway through the season after recording 50 sacks all of last year.Less pressure on Griffin will allow him to make more plays both with his arm and with his feet. The Redskins also finally look to be getting back their No. 1 wide receiver, Pierre Garcon, who hasn't played since week three with a foot injury.First-year running back Alfred Morris is also having himself a great rookie season with 793 yards through eight games. The running attack will open up the play action pass and RG3 will take advantage of the Eagles over aggressive defense.No. 2: Nick Foles throws for over 300 yards, retains the starting job for the rest of the season. With Michael Vick looking like he will sit this one out because of a concussion he suffered last week, it's Nick Foles' turn to run the Eagles' offense. Foles had a decent outing in his first action as the starting quarterback last week against the Cowboys, but ultimately turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter that led to the Eagles' defeat.However, he showed great anticipation with down the field throws and connected with his receivers, which included a 44 yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin. Going against the Redskins' 30th ranked pass defense he will have the opportunity to impress the coaches, build confidence, and grab the starting spot from the ailing Vick.Vick's inconsistent play midway through the season has made Andy Reid contemplate a quarterback change before he got hurt, but now that Vick is sidelined he may seize the moment and promote Foles as the starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.No. 3: Andy Reid coaches his last game as the Eagles head coach.Owner Jeffrey Lurie has given Andy Reid more and more chances to turn this team around after expectations of reaching the Super Bowl this year. Unfortunately, the Eagles are starting to collapse more and more with each passing week after a good start to the season. Reid has already fired previous defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and promoted the secondary coach Todd Bowles to take his place with no success.Both the offense and defense are playing far from their potential despite a talented group of players on both sides of the ball. Michael Vick has been knocked around in every game this season and has turned the ball over a staggering 13 times through eight games this season.Reid is still the coach but there is almost nothing going right for the Eagles. Elimination from playoff contention will be the last straw for Lurie, which will mark the end of the Andy Reid era in Philadelphia.It would have been interesting to see Michael Vick go head to head with RG3 but the chances of Vick playing are highly unlikely as he is currently ruled doubtful this week. If things don't change for Mike Shanahan either it looks like his time as the Redskins' head coach is almost up as well with the team failing to record a winning season since he became the head coach.Unlike Reid, Shanahan has won Super Bowls but has not led a team to the playoffs since the 2005 season.
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