The Washington Redskins are ready to kick off the 2013 NFL regular season with a NFC East division rivalry versus the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins will be looking to win the division championship for a second straight year, while the Eagles will look to actually win a game against the Redskins in 2013.
Last year, the Redskins outscored the Eagles 58 to 26, winning both games in dominant fashion. The Redskins won, however, based on their high powered offense and not on the prowess of their defensive unit.
The 2013 season brings back tough playing safety Brandon Meriweather from injury. On November 18 against the Eagles, Meriweather made his Redskins debut, playing in just a half before suffering a right ACL tear. He had surgery shortly after and missed the remainder of the year. However, in under one half of play, he recorded seven tackles, one interception, one stuff and two passes deflected.
Meriweather, when healthy, is a huge addition of talent and effort for the Redskins. Starting next to rookie safety Bacarri Rambo, he will have to use his veteran skills to help the inexperienced safety. Let’s hope there will be no injury this year for Meriweather.
Hopefully, Rambo will be up to the task of playing in the NFL. Although he made some rookie errors in the preseason, Week 1 will be his real chance to prove his worth.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is not only a rushing threat but also has one heck of a gun. He will look to speedster DeSean Jackson to be a play-maker versus the Redskins’ secondary. Can Meriweather and Rambo step up to the task? They should be able to. On Monday night, everyone will find out.