Eagles at Redskins: Keys to the Game


The Washington Redskins are going to have to do a lot more to beat the Philadephia Eagles this time around.  Looking at the statistics of the last time McNabb faced his former team, he completed under 50% of his passes (8 for 19), threw for only 125 yards, and had 1 touchdown.  The offense converted only 5 out of 11 times on third down, constantly sending a tired defense back onto the field to face an explosive Philly offense.  The key to winning this game for Washington will be to win the battle time of possession and use excellent clock management.  If McNabb can bring his completion percentage up this game, the Redskins will be able to successfully mix up a running, play action, and passing attack to hang onto the ball.  The longer Washington keeps Michael Vick and the Eagles offense off of the field, the better chance of coming away with a win.

The Redskins beat the Eagles last time, but it was by no means pretty.  I’m a firm believer that a win is a win, but you have to keep in mind that the last time these two teams met, Michael Vick was knocked out of the contest with a cracked sternum.  I am in no way dismissing Kevin Kolb’s abilities to play football, but Michael Vick brings a whole new dynamic to the game.  He’s basically an elite running back with a cannon for an arm that has started making better decisions at the quarterback position.  Vick’s only real flaws are his inability to scan the field for receivers and his accuracy.  The Redskins defense has to force him to rely solely on his arm and keep him from breaking out on those electrifying runs to compete in this game.

All in all, this looks like it’s going to be a great game.  I believe that if the Redskins win the battle for time of possession, they will walk away with the victory this Monday night.  One thing to keep in mind is that McNabb should be extremely motivated to perform well.  He wants to not only beat his former team, but prove he is still an elite quarterback after being benched in the last game.

On a side note, this is my first post, hope you all enjoy.

Matt Hannan

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  • scottstewart81

    not bad and congrats on your first article…

    I have a couple different ones than you did but you made some nice choices.

    I’m still waiting to be approved so I can get my first post.

  • Ryan John Estorninos

    You are spot on in regards to clock management. It has been a joke up to this point. Control the clock and ball…that is what they need to do.

  • scottstewart81

    Some of the things I would have talked about are

    1. Putting on the board in the second half

    If I remember correctly the Skins put up all their points in the first half vs the Eagles this year.

    2. Being able to put the ball in to the end zone when you get close.

    The drive that drove me crazy vs the Eagles earlier in the season was when they got a first and goal from the Eagles 3 but had to settle for a field goal.

    For me it reminded me of past years where the Skins could get down to like the 1 or 2 yard line but get shut down.

    3. O-line giving McNabb some time

    I dont think we had Trent last time we played the Eagles so that should be a nice change from the last game.

    If the line can play halfway decent and McNabb can hit the passes he needs to I think the Redskins will win this one.

    4. Keep it clean but anytime you have a shot at Vick hit him hard

    Vick has looked improved this season but he still leaves himself open to take too many unneeded big hits. I just have this feeling he will miss some more games due to injury this season and the Skins might be the team that can put him out again and if not well they can at least make sure he has a real long day.

  • scottstewart81

    number one shouldve said putting points

  • pb

    why is no one talking about the bad front line. Mc Nabb has had no opportunity to get a rhythm going because he is either hurried, running away from defenders or getting sacked within 20 seconds. The few times he had proper time to throw he in fact threw for big yards downfield. the key to this game coming up is front line protection.

  • scottstewart81

    I mentioned the o-line in my comments…

    the o-line is not the best but I will say this it is an improvement over last season.

    McNabb has made some bad passes this year when he has had time.. he has underthrown, overthrown and thrown behind players on a number of occasions. People do need to hold him accountable for some of his passes that dont go well.