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PRO FOOTBALL WEEK 11 | WASHINGTON 28, PHILADELPHIA
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At Least Redskins Improving

November 16, 1998|From Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. — The Washington Redskins now only share the distinction of having the worst record in the NFC "Least."

Washington and Philadelphia are again tied for last place in the NFC East after the Redskins' 28-3 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

Skip Hicks scored three touchdowns on short runs, and the Redskins--with the NFL's most generous defense--held the Eagles--with the league's most inept offense--to 215 total yards.

The 25-point margin of victory was the second largest in Norv Turner's five seasons as Redskin coach. The Eagles have lost four games by 25 or more points this season.

After an 0-7 start, including the 17-12 defeat at Philadelphia on Oct. 11 in the first-ever meeting between two 0-5 teams in the NFC East, the Redskins (2-8) have won two out of three. They lost to Arizona, 29-27, on a last-second field goal last Sunday.

The Eagles (2-8), coming off a 10-9 win over Detroit, were looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season as well as their first road game since 1996. They were done in by short-yardage situations, going two for 12 on third and fourth downs with one or two yards to go.

The Redskins started the game having allowed an NFL-worst 30 points a game and played without injured defensive starters Dana Stubblefield and Jesse Campbell. But the Eagles--averaging a league-low 9.2 points--couldn't block and Bobby Hoying was ineffective even in a conservative game plan.

Hoying completed 16 of 34 passes for 118 yards with three interceptions and was sacked five times before being replaced by Koy Detmer in the fourth quarter. Two of the interceptions were returned deep in Eagle territory, setting up short Redskin touchdown drives.

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