The Philadelphia Eagles have a daunting obstacle in their way this week as they try to grab sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
A home game.
The Eagles will try to snap a franchise-worst 10-game home losing streak Sunday against the Washington Redskins and pull ahead of idle Dallas in football's most mediocre division.
They're off to an 0-4 start this year at Lincoln Financial Field, though they've won two in a row after Sunday's 27-13 victory at Green Bay.
"We got to get it going. We got to get back in the swing of things at home," Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson said. "Our fans deserve it. So, hopefully, we can collect something together, figure out what it is and just win in front of our home fans. But there's got to be support. We can't be coming into the game, first quarter, getting boos and all that type of stuff. (The fans) just got to work with us throughout the game. I think as long as everybody is doing their job and doing what they need to do, we'll be all right."
The Eagles (5-5) are back in a first-place tie with the Cowboys for the first time since Week 6.
Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the third straight week. He has 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions in his last two games with a remarkable rating of 155.3, including a perfect 158.3 on Nov. 3 at Oakland.
His season passer rating of 132.5 would be the highest in the league if he had the requisite 14 passing attempts per team game. His 136 attempts fall four short of the qualifying number.
Foles' 16 touchdown passes are tied for eighth in the league, despite making just four starts. He's yet to throw an interception.
"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."
Foles hasn't enjoyed such success in two career games against the Redskins.
The Eagles opened the season Sept. 9 with a 33-27 win at Washington, but Michael Vick was at quarterback.
Foles started both losses to the Redskins last year, including the last meeting in Philadelphia, a 27-20 defeat Dec. 23, 2012. He threw his last interception in that game.
He's 0-4 as a starter at home and the Eagles have lost all six home games he's played in in his career, in which he's thrown three touchdowns and three interceptions with a passer rating of 73.8. His career road rating is 113.4.
Despite their troubles at home, the Eagles still rank fourth in total offense with 413.4 yards per game. They're rushing for a league-high 153.5 yards behind LeSean McCoy's NFL-best 932 yards.
The Redskins (3-6) fell to 1-4 on the road with a 34-27 loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. They haven't won consecutive games this year, but are still just 1 1-2 games out of first place in the division.
It's familiar territory after starting 3-6 last year and making the playoffs after winning seven straight to end the regular season.
"We can talk about everybody else, but the bottom line is we have to be a lot better," Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. "We can't make it to the playoffs and expect to do anything in the playoffs the way we've been playing. It's pointless to even get there."
Team defense has been a significant problem. They're 31st in opponents' points per game (31.9) and 27th in yards allowed (388.6).
Quarterback Robert Griffin III is 2-1 with eight touchdown passes and three interceptions against the Eagles, including a perfect 158.3 passer rating on Nov. 18, 2012.
He's come under some criticism during this years' 3-6 start after earning praise with the same record as a rookie. The difference has been six interceptions. He threw three in his first nine games last year and is averaging one a game this year.
He had arguably his best game of the year against the Vikings with three touchdowns, no turnovers and a season-best 114.8 passer rating..
"When you're expected to be great, you're always going to have disappointments," wide receiver Pierre Garcon said of his quarterback. "You're always going to have tough times that you deal with. You just have to make it through those times to be successful."
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