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Despite sitting at .500 with a 5-5 record, the Philadelphia Eagles will have an opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East when they host division rival Washington Redskins (3-6) on Sunday.

However, there is an obstacle that could deter the Eagles from advancing to 6-5 — Sunday’s game is at home — and the Eagles are in the midst of a 10-game losing streak at home, 0-4 so far this season. The last time Philadelphia got a win in front of a home audience was September 30, 2012.

That is the first streak that quarterback Nick Foles will attempt to snap on Sunday.

Foles, who is  starting for the third straight week, looks to continue building continuity with the offense after two very impressive weeks in Oakland and Green Bay, both resulting in wins. The explosive offense Eagles fans expected to see with Michael Vick at the helm is now being successfully operated by Foles. If Foles still has any critics a great way to win the majority of Philadelphia’s fan base over would be giving them a home win — against a division rival.

A win on Sunday would also end Foles’ 0-2 losing streak against the Redskins. The Eagles did beat Washington 33-27 in week 1 but Michael Vick was at the helm. In the two matchups in 2012 Foles was under center and the Eagles lost both games.

Foles 2013 numbers are extremely impressive. He has 16 total touchdowns, 10 in the last two games, and has yet to throw an interception. Foles nearly has a perfect season passer rating of  155.3 which includes a 158.3 passer rating against Oakland on Nov. 3. And his season passer rating would be the highest in the league if he met the criteria 14 passing attempts per team game. Foles has 136 attempts which is four short of the qualifying number to be considered.

And despite starting only four games this season, Foles 16 touchdowns ties for eighth in the league.

Philadelphia’s offense has bought in to the Nick Foles experiment and are firing on all cylinders. However, no other player has become a bigger impact with Foles under center than WR Riley Cooper who offered high praise for Foles.

“He has great poise,” wide receiver Riley Cooper said. “He’s going to sit in the pocket and kind of dissect the defense. He trusts in his guys. If it’s man-to-man coverage or something, he’s going to throw it up to you.”

Even though they have struggled at home over the past two seasons, the Eagles offense ranks fourth in total offense averaging 413.4 YPG. The combination of Foles’ efficiency and ability to spread the ball around, along with LeSean McCoy who is the league’s leading rusher with 932 yards, Chip Kelly should be able to create mismatches all game against the Redskins 26th ranked pass defense and 18th ranked rush defense.

Here’s a complete look at both teams by the numbers.

 

Stats per ESPN Stats & Info

Stats per ESPN Stats & Info

 

Prediction: Eagles 26 – Redskins 20

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