LANDOVER, MD - In the Philadelphia Eagles locker room, it was the same old same old. The losing streak had reached six games, accelerating the countdown toward the possible end of Andy Reid's 14-year tenure as coach.
"I don't know how it can get much worse," tight end Brent Celek said.
Sunday's meeting for last place in the NFC East left a thick line between the Redskins and Eagles. The 31-6 victory allows Washington (4-6) to feel like a playoff contender for at least a few more days, while Philadelphia (3-7) is doomed to spending six more weeks enduring endless questions about the future of the franchise.
The Redskins also finally found a formula for beating a rookie quarterback: force turnovers and have your own rookie play better. The defense got three takeaways and four sacks while facing Nick Foles, the third-round pick from Arizona who was making his first NFL start because Michael Vick is sidelined with a concussion.
Foles' first drive ended with a pass tipped to DeAngelo Hall for an interception. Foles also got picked on his second drive when he threw into double coverage to safety Brandon Meriweather, who made his season debut after missing the Redskins' first nine games with a knee injury.
The win snapped the Redskins' remarkable eight-game losing streak against rookie quarterbacks that began in 2006.
The Eagles with Foles resembled the Eagles with Vick: capable of moving the ball downfield, only to have all the hard work negated by turnovers, penalties and a patchwork offensive line.
Philadelphia entered the game with an NFC-worst minus-11 turnover differential; it's now minus-14. The Eagles committed nine penalties for 70 yards, including a pair of first-quarter false starts by right guard Jake Scott, who has been with the team less than a week.
Foles, who made his NFL debut in relief last week after Vick was injured, completed 21 for 46 for 204 yards.
LeSean McCoy had 15 carries for 45 yards before being carted off in the final two minutes with a concussion.
"I don't sense a lack of focus," said Reid, who declined to directly answer a question about his job security. "That's not what I sense. I see them playing hard. I see them focusing in at practice. At times, maybe we're trying too hard."
The Eagles now have their longest in-season losing streak since dropping seven in a row at the end of 1994.
Washington's Robert Griffin III completed passes to nine receivers and has only three interceptions in 277 attempts this season. Foles already has three in just 78 attempts.
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