TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 16: Washington Redskins At Philadelphia Eagles

Redskins
Eagles
Washington Redskins v New Orleans Saints
Philadelphia Eagles v New Orleans Saints
Quarterback
Winner The Redskins have had a very good season and they are still in the hunt for the playoffs. Robert Griffin III should be at his best against this division opponent. RGIII escaped serious injury after taking a big hit in the fourth quarter of the Redskins’ Week 14 game against the Ravens. If he is in top form for the final two weeks of the season, the Redskins will be tough to beat.
Nick Foles has the arm strength to make most of the throws he needs, but he makes a lot of mistakes and is most likely not the team’s quarterback of the future. Foles has been given a very difficult situation since the Eagles are almost certainly going to clean house at the end of the season and he may not be the new coaching staff’s quarterback of choice.
Offense
Winner The Redskins have a powerful running attack thanks to rookie Alfred Morris. In addition to taking pressure off of RGIII with his ability to pick up key yards, he also weakens opposing defenses in the second half. The Redskins have the top-ranked running attack in the league. Wideouts Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson can get open and have worked well with RGIII.
The Eagles have been done in by turnovers and poor play from the offensive line throughout the season. That’s a huge problem for any team to overcome and they have not been able to do it. Running back Bryce Brown has run with speed and explosiveness but he has also put the ball on the ground repeatedly. Jeremy Maclin has caught 57 of the 99 passes that have been thrown his way.
Defense
Winner The Redskins have been particularly vulnerable to the opponents’ passing game this season, ranking 31st in that category. While they make a lot of mistakes and are not always in the proper position, Washington’s defense hustles for 60 minutes and has improved this season. Linebackers London Fletcher and Perry Riley are both solid tacklers, but the Redskin secondary is somewhat slow.
The Eagles have played well defensively from a statistical perspective, but they have not been good enough to make up for the team’s struggling offense. The Eagles rank 11th against the pass and 13th in overall team defense. Free safety Kurt Coleman has played with effort and effectiveness. He has 77 tackles and 13 passes defensed. The pass rush has not been consistent.
Special Teams
Winner The kicking game has turned around for the Redskins since they cut Billy Cundiff early in the season and brought on Kai Forbath. Punter Sav Rocca gets good height on his kicks, but he has struggled with his distance. Brandon Banks is somewhat explosive as a returner.
The Eagles have not done a good job of keeping opponents from tilting the field on special teams play. They tend to lose containment and they have gotten the worst of it on punt and kickoff returns. Alex Henery has made 25-of-28 FG attempts, including 11-of-12 from 40-to-49 yards.

The Winner Is

Washington Redskins v New Orleans Saints
Winner Redskins
4 out of 4

The Redskins are still fighting for a playoff spot while the Eagles are in disarray. In their Week 15 loss to Cincinnati, the Eagles played well in the first half before falling apart in the second half. That kind of scenario is likely to repeat against a hard-trying, tough-minded team like the Redskins.

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. INGLEWOOD, CA - 1987: Kurt Rambis #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes circa 1987 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California . NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) MILWAUKEE - 1970:  Wilt Chamberlain #13 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a free throw against the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1970 season at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1970 NBAE (Photo by Vernon Biever/NBAE via Getty Images)
    Lakers Turned Coach: Center

    There have been many former Lakers’ players turned coach, but of those player coaches, who would make the best starting five?

  2. CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 14:  Luke Walton #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball during a game against the Charlotte Bobcats on February 14, 2011 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE  (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) BOSTON - 1966:  Elgin Baylor #22 of the Los Angeles Lakers moves the ball against Sam Jones #24 of the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1966 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1966 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
    Lakers Turned Coach: Power Forward

    There have been many former Lakers’ players turned coach, but of those player coaches, who would make the best starting five?

  3. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) (Photo by Vernon Beiver/NBAE via Getty Images)
    Lakers Turned Coach: Small Forward

    There have been many former Lakers’ players turned coach, but of those coaches, who would make the best starting five?

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Los Angeles

KNX 1070 Newsradio
Play.It

Listen Live