Through the decades, when the Cowboys and Redskins met, it often was for the division lead. On Sunday, the archrivals go at it for the 115th time. At stake: second place in the NFC East behind the high-flying Eagles.
While the Eagles host the winless 49ers already owning a 2 1/2-game edge in the division, the winner at FedEx Field at least can remain in sight of Philly.
That said, it’s been a rough last couple years for Rivers by his standards. He’s thrown 57 interceptions since 2014 — the most in that span, though Blake Bortles and his 56 picks might have something to say about that soon. Postseason success has also eluded Rivers, as he’s never made it to the Super Bowl. At 3-4, the Chargers don’t look like a Super Bowl contender (sorry, Will Brinson), but they’re alive in the playoff hunt thanks to the fact that there might not be any legitimately great teams in the NFL this year.
Philadelphia (6-5-1) also is searching for more consistency after an up-and-down start to the season. The Flyers are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the previously winless Arizona Coyotes, and they are 1-2-1 in their past four.
Youth Kevin Dodd Jersey Injuries to defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere and Andrew MacDonald have placed the Flyers in a difficult spot. Four of the Brendan Leipsic Jersey team’s seven active blue-liners are rookies.
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I’ve played with a few of them as a partner (in the AHL), so the familiarity certainly makes it easier, said defenseman Will O’Neill, who joined the team on Tuesday.
Philadelphia has been forced to turn to its depth on offense, as well. Rookie forward Nolan Patrick has a head injury, and he did not make the road trip.
Chicago likely will turn to goaltender Corey Crawford for his 11th start of the season. The 32-year-old is 5-4-0 with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in his first 10 contests.