Winners of five straight against Philadelphia, it seems clear that the Redskins are starting to generate more hate from the Eagles. It was obvious again on Sunday when a tense moment between the two teams erupted into a near brawl after a big hit on a punt.
The skirmish marked another Redskins vs Eagles game halted by a fracas. Few in recent memory got wilder than a 2014 game in Philadelphia that saw Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker ejected, but for a minute on Sunday, it seemed the 2016 version could get just as bad.
Cooler heads prevailed, but Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was asked about the atmosphere surrounding Redskins games in Philadelphia.
"It’s just two teams that don’t really like each other. Two teams, two cities that they don’t really like each other," Kerrigan said. "We're fine with that."
One thing that makes the rivalry more enjoyable: winning.
As Washington emerges as a playoff contender again this season after winning the NFC East last season, the Redskins are proving to be a big problem in the division. Kirk Cousins and the 'Skins rolled to a big win last year in Philly, clinching the NFC East title on the Eagles home turf.
'Skins WR Ryan Grant told a story on #RedskinsTalk podcast of the team bus getting mooned on their way out of town two seasons ago, and almost every game, it seems stuff gets thrown at Redskins players from the Philly faithful. Terence Garvin was cursed at on the sideline Sunday, a move that brings with it little surprise.
Are things getting even crazier between the Redskins and Eagles?
"It really does seem like that the past couple times we’ve played here and I imagine it won’t change in the future," Kerrigan said.
Thanks to his sack on Sunday, the Redskins notched another win over the Eagles. As long as Washington keeps the streak going, don't expect much changing in the rivalry.
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