Sep 21, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws an 11-yard touchdown pass against Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) let in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
5. Put pressure on QB Nick Foles
Nick Foles is a good quarterback. Redskins fans have seen this first hand when the Philadelphia Eagles have been an opponent. However, last season Foles threw 10 interceptions in just 8 games before being lost for the season with a broken collarbone.
That’s a huge increase over what Foles did in 2013 when he threw just two interceptions in 13 games. That led to Eagles head coach Chip Kelly trading Foles and a second round pick to the Rams for their quarterback Sam Bradford.
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I’m sure Foles has come into this season with a chip on his shoulder and wants to prove the Eagles shouldn’t have traded him but the Redskins defense needs to try their best to knock that chip off and the best way to do it is to get in Foles face and force him into making mistakes.
The Rams have a rookie starting at right tackle in in Rob Havenstein. He’s huge at 6’8, 321 but the Redskins should have an advantage here with OLB Ryan Kerrigan being the man lined up across from him.
I expect Kerrigan to have a big game in this one and the Redskins need more dominant play from defensive end Jason Hatcher on the interior of the line. With rookie Preston Smith and Trent Murphy on the other side, the Redskins should be bale to put pressure on Foles.
If they give him time, he can get on a roll but get in his face and he becomes susceptible to throwing picks and if the Redskins can come on the plus side in the turnover department then they stand a better chance of getting the win.