Redskins: Keys to beating the Eagles

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Sep 24, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

4. Efficiency in passing game

Much like the Giants last week, the Eagles are one of the worst teams in the league defensively against the pass but that didn’t help the Redskins find a way to exploit that to get the victory on the road.

It’s obvious that teams will sell out in order to stop the Redskins running game, which even after being slowed down last week is still ranked in the top five in the NFL.  So teams are basically daring quarterback Kirk Cousins to beat them.

The Redskins need to take advantage of this.  Not by becoming a passing team as they still need to try to run the football effectively.  But when the opposing defense is weak against the pass like the Eagles have been this season then it’s something the Redskins must exploit.

If the Redskins can get back receiver DeSean Jackson this week then that will help give the passing game a tremendous boost.  I’m sure Kirk Cousins would love to see that but even that won’t be a total cure for the interceptions and inaccuracy that Cousins showed against the Giants.

Their have been injuries at right guard and untimely penalties have hurt too but if the Redskins can be successful passing the football without turnovers then their chances of winning this one will increase.

Next: 5. Stop the Eagles running attack