By Sally Fahey
The Eagles are expected to battle the Cowboys for the NFC East title again this season.
And the Washington Football Team is expected to suck.
But those are simple projections.
Here are some facts before today’s Birds-WFT battle:
Eagles have won six straight vs. Washington, the longest such streak since a seven-game stretch from 2001-04.
Doug Pederson is 4-0 in season openers as head coach. The Eagles are one of only five NFL teams to start 1-0 in each of the past four years along with Baltimore, Green Bay, Kansas City, and Minnesota.
Carson Wentz has not lost to Washington since his rookie season of 2016. In those five games, he’s completed 69.2 percent of his attempts for 1,460 yards with 14 touchdowns, three interceptions, and a 111.1 QB rating.
Fletcher Cox has 12.5 sacks in 16 career games vs. Washington, the most against any team. Since sacks first became an official stat in 1982 only four NFL players have more sacks against Washington: Lawrence Taylor (19), Michael Strahan (17), Justin Tuck (15), and Simeon Rice (14).
DeSean Jackson became just the fourth player in Eagles history to catch multiple 50-yard touchdown passes in a single game vs. Washington to open the 2019 season. Jackson has 31 career 50-yard touchdowns on his resume, second in NFL history to Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
In 14 career games against Washington, Zach Ertz has 81 receptions for 833 yards – the most against any opponent. He set a franchise single-game record with 15 catches against Washington in 2014.
The Football Team has a new defensive-minded head coach in Ron Rivera and a former head coach in Jack Del Rio at defensive coordinator, but the Eagles scored 52 second-half points in the two wins over Washington last season.
Greg Ward caught a career-high seven receptions, the final one the game-winner on a 4-yard throw from Wentz with just 26 seconds remaining the last time the Eagles playing in Washington.
Miles Sanders totaled a career-high 172 yards from scrimmage, including a career-best 122 yards on the ground and a touchdown, in the Week 15 win at Washington.