Eagles still have hope for playoffs
Philly brings depleted lineup to FedEx Field
LANDOVER — The list of injuries for Philadelphia has gotten so long that the Eagles just added a castoff from the lowly Washington Redskins to their roster.
Signing wide receiver Robert Davis off the practice squad is just the latest move for the depleted Eagles, who at 6-7 are tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East.
Missing injured running backs Darren Sproles and Corey Clement as well as receivers DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffrey and possibly Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia visits 3-10 Washington on Sunday looking to keep its playoff hopes alive.
“It’s been a challenge for us,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of his team’s injuries. “With some of the young guys, we’ve just got to continue to coach and continue to prepare them and find ways to move them around or utilize the tight ends a little bit more. Whatever we can do to still be effective in the passing game, we’ve got to do it. Our young players understand their role and they’re excited for the opportunity.”
The good news for Carson Wentz and the Eagles is they shouldn’t have to put up many points because they’re facing the NFL’s worst offense, and their defense is more than capable of capitalizing on the mistakes of Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Interim Redskins coach Bill Callahan thinks his team’s offensive and defensive struggles trace to bad first quarters.
“I’d like to see our offense start better than what we did last week,” Callahan said.
“If you’re a good football team in the National Football league, that’s a factor, starting fast. Now, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to be in the playoff hunt because of that, but it just enhances your opportunity to get your tempo going, to get your rhythm going, to get the confidence you need for your units and obviously for all sides of the ball.”
The Eagles are under .500 but in the playoff hunt because the Cowboys have stumbled just as much.
A matchup with Dallas awaits in Week 16 before wrapping up at the New York Giants, and the Eagles would capture the division if they win out.
The closing stretch begins with a winnable game at Washington.
“Each of the teams had great hopes, high expectations and it was going to be one of the tougher divisions in football,” Pederson said.
“It is a little bit of a shock that all four (NFC East) teams are under .500. And for whatever reason, it could be injury, it could be bad luck, whatever it might be, it’s unfortunate, but I still have a lot of respect for the three other teams in our division and look forward to the matchup on Sunday.”