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.