The Washington Redskins defense was humiliated by Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy in week one. McCoy ran for 184 yards and averaged 6 yards per carry. There were so many missed tackles on McCoy it was ridiculous. But now that the Redskins have had a chance to digest that lackluster effort, how will they perform in round two?
The Redskins have improved against the run as the season has progressed. They held the sensational Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to only 75 yards rushing last week, but yet still managed to lose the game. No doubt the Redskins defense remembers what McCoy did to them, but will things be different this time?
Well the Skins defense will have more depth at its disposal, as it was without linebacker Rob Jackson and defensive end Jarvis Jenkins due to suspension. And the Redskins offense is performing at a much higher level than they were in that first game. Particularly the Redskins running game is much more effective.
So there should be more balance between the time the Redskins defense will need to spend on the field. However, the offense can only do but so much. The defensive line will need to get a strong push up front, and clog up holes better to limit the amount of space McCoy has to get to into the open field.
And the Redskins tackling will have to improve. Inside linebackers Perry Riley and London Fletcher can’t allow McCoy to beat them in the open field. They will need to bring down McCoy and make sure tackles. The same goes for the secondary, as their angles will need to be precise, or LeSean McCoy will break some long runs, and the Redskins can’t afford that.