- The Redskins were humiliated by the Eagles in Week 1. The defense looked shell-shocked by the Eagles offense as LeSean McCoy had a videogame like performance.
- And the Redskins offense was hindered by a rusty Robert Griffin III coming off an ACL injury. How will a healthy RGIII affect the outcome?
- After getting too far behind early in the first game the Redskins running attack was negated, and feature back Alfred Morris was a non factor.
- This is a game the Redskins must win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive, and they have to go on the road to do it.
- The Eagles have won two straight games and are back into the thick of the NFC East division race.
- After losing two straight and struggling to score against the Cowboys and Giants, the Eagles have exploded on offense behind a resurgent QB Nick Foles, and the running of LeSean McCoy.
- A win could vault the Eagles into a true playoff contender, but a loss could send them reeling back to the bottom of the division.
The Redskins X-Factors:
- Offense: QB Robert Griffin III – RGIII didn’t play well in the first game. But now that he’s hitting his stride, a better performance from him could translate into a win for the Redskins.
- Defense: OLB Brian Orakpo – The Redskins need to generate a consistent pass rush on Nick Foles, and they will need a big game from Brian Orakpo, who hasn’t been a big a force as a pass rusher this season.
The Eagles X-Factors:
- Offense: QB Nick Foles – Nick Foles is on fire right now, and if the Redskins aren’t careful, he might light them up. The Redskins need to get hits on Foles and try to throw him off his game and into making mistakes. Foles hasn’t thrown an interception yet this season.
- Defense – DE Fletcher Cox – With the Redskins interior offensive line struggling to protect the passer, Eagles DE Fletcher Cox might be in line for a big game.
Three Burning Questions:
- Can the Redskins maintain their running game? Alfred Morris wasn’t a factor in week 1, and the Redskins need to sustain their running game throughout.
- What can the Redskins do differently on Defense? It seemed like nothing they tried in the first game worked. Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett needs to adapt to these modern offenses and find a way to slow them down.
- Is Nick Foles for Real? Foles is starting a make a believer out of many around the league. But are his last few games a fluke, or can he maintain this high level of play?