Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins are different teams coming into this game than they were in Week 1. They each have improvements on both sides of the ball, and in this important rematch with divisional impact, finding and exploiting weakness is key. The Redskins rank close to the bottom in the league in pass defense and this fact should be enough for Nick Foles to have a big day at Lincoln Financial Field and break the home curse.
We will see if Jim Haslett attempts to follow the pattern of loading up against the run and daring Foles to win with his arm. DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper have played well the last two weeks. Jackson, when he isn’t concerned with ordering fans not to boo at home, should be matched up with DeAngelo Hall. He has gotten the best of Hall more than once in their history and should have no problem doing it again. Cooper is on fire and has built a solid connection with Foles as his production and starts are climbing the charts in the league.
The Redskins will have to make a choice. LeSean McCoy has also emerged behind an offensive line with improved blocking, back on top of the league lead in rushing. Jason Peters will not play this week and Alan Barbre has stepped up to be a solid replacement. This game could be a shootout; right now, Foles is on a hot streak. The Redskins’ secondary can be exploited and this should be his week to continue the momentum from the road trip of wins and keep putting points on the board.