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Eagles DE Fletcher Cox 'guaranteeing' victory in NFC East

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox was named to his first Pro Bowl on Tuesday. A day later, Cox celebrated by guaranteeing the Eagles will beat the Washington Redskins on Saturday night.

"Yeah, I'm guaranteeing a win," Cox told reporters Wednesday. "What am I supposed to say? That I think we're going to lose or something? No.”

There has been some back-and-forth between the two NFC East rivals since Sunday. Washington defensive end Chris Baker said his team was looking forward to clinching the NFC East title against the Eagles.

“I plan on celebrating in Philadelphia,” Baker said after the Redskins beat the Bills on Sunday. “We have to take care of business. We have to be focused and take care of the details. It’s going to be a dog fight. ... Hopefully we go up there and play the way we’ve been playing the last couple games.”

In Philadelphia, Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks said the Redskins “have got something coming to them.” Washington has beaten Philadelphia twice in a row, once in October and once last December.

The loss last year at FedEx Field knocked the Eagles out of the NFC East race. The Cowboys won the division with a 12-4 record.

This year, the 6-8 Eagles can win the division title by beating the Redskins (7-7) and Giants (6-8) in the season’s final two weeks. Washington can clinch by beating Philadelphia on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

That is what’s left of a division race that seemed stuck at the starting line. The Eagles started 1-3, then got back to 4-4 by the midway point. They have since gone 2-4, giving up more than 40 points in three different losses, yet still they are within a game of first place.

The Redskins have been at or below .500 all season and are currently in sole possession of first place.

The Giants were 5-4 as recently as Nov. 8. They have gone 1-4 since then, and are still alive in the division race with a 6-8 record.