There are several National Football League rivalries that get more hype and attention than the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, but this remains one of the most intense in the league. The Eagles and Redskins have been battling against each other since 1934, and each franchise has won their share of league championships.
The cities of Philadelphia and Washington D.C. are relatively close in proximity, and that helps to fuel the hatred between both teams and their dedicated fans. The Eagles and Redskins have met just one time in the playoffs, but odds are that they will add to that number in future seasons. Both the Eagles and Redskins share a hatred for the Dallas Cowboys, but that is about the only similarity between these NFC East rivals.
History of Eagles vs. Redskins Rivalry
The first meeting in this terrific rivalry took place on October 21, 1934 when the Boston Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 6-0. The Washington Redskins franchise got off to a ridiculously good start against Philadelphia, winning 15 of the first 17 matchups between their East Coast rival. The two teams have met a total of 169 times in the regular season, and the Redskins hold a slim 85-78-6 lead in the all-time series standings.
Washington has also won the only playoff matchup between the Redskins and Eagles, a 20-6 victory in the 1990 NFC Playoffs. The Eagles do have a slight edge over the Redskins when appearing in primetime, winning seven of the eleven Monday Night Football games in this rivalry. The Philadelphia Eagles have won the last three decades of this intense rivalry, and early predictions have them being better than Washington in the 2019 regular season.
The Philadelphia Eagles came into the National Football League during the 1933 regular season, and they joined the National Football Conference (NFC) when it was created in 1970. The Philadelphia Eagles are not one of the most storied franchises in the NFL, but their fan base is. The Eagles have sold out every game since the 1999 regular season, and their fans have been known to invade the stadiums of their opponents.
The Eagles have an all-time record of 577-601-26 in regular season games and have gone 23-22 in the postseason. Philadelphia was able to win their first-ever Super Bowl title in 2017 in a stunning upset of the New England Patriots. Reggie White is one of the most famous players in Eagles history and is known as one of the best defensive players in league history.
When the Boston Braves entered the National Football League in 1932, the Washington Redskins franchise began. The team was moved to Washington D.C. in 1937, and they have remained in our nation’s capital ever since. Washington is above the .500 mark in franchise history, posting a record of 600-590-28 in regular season games.
The Redskins have gone 23-19 in playoff games and were one of the best teams in the NFL in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Washington was able to rack up three Super Bowl titles during this terrific run, but they haven’t made it back to the Super Bowl since the 1991 season. Quarterbacks Sammy Baugh and Joe Theismann proudly wore the Redskins uniform and put up monster numbers during their tenure. The Redskins have fallen on tough times of late, but odds are that they will bounce back in the coming seasons.
Head to Head Analysis of Eagles vs. Redskins
The Eagles and Redskins have been playing against each other for more than 80 years, and looking at the all-time standings doesn’t help us make predictions moving forward. In order to get a real feel for this rivalry, we will focus our attention on the last 20 games. Philadelphia and Washington have played each other 20 times since October 26, 2009, and there have been some terrific battles in that stretch.
The Philadelphia Eagles have posted a 12-8 record against the Washington Redskins in the last 20 games. In most rivalries, the home team has the edge, but the Eagles were great against the Redskins both at home and on the road. Philadelphia went 6-4 at home, and also went 6-4 in games played in our nation’s capital in the last 20 games. Odds are that the Redskins will eventually regain control of this rivalry, but the Eagles have been the pick in the last 20 games when playing the Redskins.
There are several other things to look at in the last 20 games in this rivalry besides just the results of the head-to-head matchups. Sportsbooks set odds and betting lines for total points in each game of this series, and taking a look at the results can help us make predictions for the future games. The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins have combined to go “over” the line for total points in eleven of the past 20 games. Philly and Washington have combined to go “under” the number in eight of the last 20 games, while also having a “push” when the line was set at 44.0 total points.
Philadelphia has posted a 12-8 record as the money line winner in the last 20 games, but we can also look at the point spread for each game and identify the winner for each. The Philadelphia Eagles have been the favorite in 16 of the last 20 matchups against the Washington Redskins. The Eagles have posted a 9-7 record against the spread in games that they were favored. Washington went 3-1 against the spread when they were the betting favorite, but they have been the underdog in each of the last four games. If the last 20 games are any indication, betting the “over” and whichever team is the favorite are the right picks moving forward.
A Glance at Postseason Success in Eagles vs. Redskins
Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins have found great success throughout their franchise history, and they have plenty of hardware to prove it. The Washington Redskins have five league championships, with three of them coming during the Super Bowl era. Philadelphia has won a total of four league championships, but they have won just one Super Bowl in team history.
The Redskins also lead the Eagles in conference championships, having won five of them to just four for Philadelphia. Philadelphia does have a slight lead in total playoff appearances, qualifying for the postseason a total of 26 times in franchise history. The Washington Redskins have made a playoff appearance 24 times in franchise history, but that is two less than their division rival.
Eagles vs. Redskins Rivalry Outlook
The Eagles have dominated this rivalry for several decades, but keep an eye out for Washington to try to challenge them in the coming seasons. Both teams have rabid fans, and even if the action on the field seems predictable, you’re guaranteed a show from the fan bases. Be sure to tune in and monitor where this rivalry goes in the future, as Washington is due for a resurgence!