It’s finally here, the game Philadelphia Eagles fans have waited for ever since the Washington Redskins traded for Donovan McNabb, now here are some keys for a Washington Redskins victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
-The Redskins defense has to improve against the pass. Washington is ranked 31st in the league this season, allowing 325 yards per game through the air. I realize that number is skewed a bit because of Matt Schaub passing for nearly 500 yards, but it shows just how vulnerable the Redskins secondary is. Michael Vick has yet to throw an interception this season.
-Washington must improve it’s running game on offense. The Redskins are only averaging 74 yards on the ground and Philadelphia is allowing 128 yards per game. Clinton Portis is listed as questionable with a wrist injury and expect to see more of Ryan Torain getting more touches.
-Donovan McNabb and the Redskins are averaging 265 yards per game through the air, but he has only thrown for 2 touchdowns so far this season. The Redskins are going to have to start scoring more touchdowns as I don’t think kicking field goals is going to get it down against the Eagles this Sunday. The Redskins are averaging 17 points a game and will need more than that in order to beat the Eagles.
-Pressure on Vick. Michael Vick is still one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the NFL however, he has still been sacked 11 times in 2 1/2 games, a reflection of how poor the Eagles offensive line is. The Redskins are going to need pressure up the middle and containment on the corners to get to Vick. Brian Orapko is going to need a big game.
The Redskins are thin at playmakers on offense, but I’d like to see Fred Davis get a few more looks, he has only three receptions on the young season so far. It is going to take a stellar performance from the Redskins defense this week to contain the Eagles in Philadelphia.