Redskins vs. Eagles: 10 Keys to the Game for Washington

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Redskins vs. Eagles: 10 Keys to the Game for Washington
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The Redskins will have to ride their rookie stars if they want to win in Philadelphia.

It's been five long years since the Washington Redskins played meaningful football in December, a routine normally practiced by their opponent this week, the Philadelphia Eagles.

The script has been flipped.

Washington is riding a five-game winning streak and needs to close out the year with two victories to ensure its first division title since 1999.

Philadelphia is sauntering along at 4-10, looking to cap a disappointing year with some positive results at the end.

The stakes could not be higher for the Redskins, who have fought their way to the fourth seed in the NFC after falling to 3-6 just before their bye week. The aforementioned five-game streak began with a 31-6 pasting of these very same Eagles, a team decimated by injuries and with a roster that was simply playing out the string.

But that doesn't mean the Eagles are a pushover. Games within the NFC East are always competitive, and winning on the road is never a given in the NFL.

It should be a fun game to watch and will be a lot closer than people may realize.

If the Redskins want to keep their playoff hopes alive, there are several ways to keep the Eagles at bay and move toward a potential winner-take-all showdown with the Dallas Cowboys.

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