On Sunday, the Washington Redskins (3-10) will be at home to take on the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7). The Eagles are tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop the division.
What Does This Game Mean?
The NFC East has been terrible this year, garnering the nickname “NFC Least.” Although the division has been awful, somebody has to win to secure a playoff berth. The Redskins are eliminated from playoff attention, but they are still trying their best to win games.
Many feel that the best thing for Washington is to lose their remaining games, in hopes of a better draft pick. As nice as a good draft pick sounds, many fans don’t like the idea of “tanking.” However, if you could promise the fan base that going 0-3 over the next few weeks would mean a new general manager, I could probably guess how most of them would respond.
What Is Going On In Our Nation’s Capital?
Washington has disappointed its fans for a while now. One move that could change the team’s fortunes and bring the fans back to the stadium would be firing Bruce Allen. Such an obvious decision does not appear to be evident to some, the people that make the decisions. Despite all of these things going on, the fans do want a competitive team to show up on Sundays.
The Redskins do seem to have turned a bit of a corner in recent weeks. Despite starting out slow in each of their last two games, they have recovered enough to make the games close. They even won two games in a row before falling to the Packers. With such a young team, the fans do want to see growth and potential. The team will be starting quite a few rookies, as they have done so throughout most of the season. Ryan Kerrigan is on injured reserve now, in hopes of returning healthy in 2020.
Dwayne Haskins has received a lot of criticism throughout the season. His numbers haven’t been spectacular, but he is showing signs of improvement. His accuracy has improved, and his footwork in the pocket is getting better. Haskins has also been better at working through his progressions. The offensive line has struggled mightily to protect him, but they are doing well when running the ball.
What To Watch For?
The Eagles have suffered a plethora of injuries at wide receiver this season. On Monday night football, they were down to one healthy receiver, Greg Ward. Alshon Jeffery is now on injured reserve, and the healthy players haven’t done well. Carson Wentz has seen his teammates drop more passes than almost every team in the league. The wideouts are losing his trust, and that is forcing him to utilize his tight ends.
The Philadelphia secondary has been up and down all season. They were among the worst in the league against the pass until the return of cornerback Jalen Mills. Since his return, they have shown signs of flash and moments of concern. The Eagles are phenomenal against the run, which happens to be the strength of the Washington offense.
With Derrius Guice on injured reserve, the Redskins will have to rely mostly on Adrian Peterson to handle the carries. Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood will see some action to take the heavy burden off the future hall-of-fame running back.
The matchup of the day will be the Redskins secondary against the Philadelphia receivers and Carson Wentz. The defensive backs have been susceptible to big plays. Even with all the injuries to the receiving corps, Wentz should be able to make plays. Washington will have to go out there and play better than they have all year.
Another big matchup will be in the trenches. The Eagles have a good pass rush and are excellent at stopping the run. The offensive line of Washington will need to come out with high energy and help establish the run. If they can’t get the run game going, they will have a tough time competing.
Eagles 24 Redskins 13
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