These are the biggest questions the Washington Football Team will answer in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Washington Football Team fans have lots of new things to look forward to in Week 1 game versus the Philadelphia Eagles including a new name (somewhat), new coaching staff, and new talent on both sides of the ball. Here are some questions fans hope to have answered after watching the Burgundy & Gold compete in the 2020 season opener.
How does the offense look and operate with Dwayne Haskins?
With new offensive coordinator Scott Turner set to call plays and a running back room filled with a majority of new faces, quarterback Dwayne Haskins will need to command the offense and be a leader for Washington in his first Week 1 start.
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After the team released veteran back Adrian Peterson, the message was clear that this franchise is ready to focus on the youth movement and see what these young players can do. Haskins should look to target second-year wideout Terry McLaurin, who found success versus the Eagles last season while racking up 10 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns in the pair of meetings.
Who gets the most touches out of the backfield?
All four running backs on the Washington roster have yet to take a snap for the Burgundy & Gold in their careers. Offseason acquisition J.D. McKissic is listed as the starting running back on the depth chart, but many believe rookie Antonio Gibson is the Washington halfback to own in fantasy.
Fellow rookie halfback Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a successful debut on Thursday night for the Chiefs finishing with 25 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Houston Texans. If Gibson can come close to that stat line on Sunday, Washington fans will have plenty of reason to be optimistic for their young tailback.
Is Chase Young as good as advertised?
Rookie defensive end Chase Young has looked strong physically in training camp for Washington and has the potential to be a stud on an already deep and talented front line for the defense. Young should have plenty of chances to sack Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz with the Philadelphia offensive line losing a pair of starters to injury during the summer.
Can the defense get off the field on third down?
In 2019, Washington was the worst team in the National Football League defensively when it came to stopping teams from converting on third down. They allowed opponents to convert 48.9 percent while the New England Patriots were the best in the league in this stat at 25.6 percent conversion rate.
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has talent to work with on paper in his first year with the team, but I think all Washington fans can agree it’s about time to see this unit start to put it all together on the field. If the defense can improve by stopping teams from converting on third down, it will help this team win a few more games this season.
Can the Redskins put it all together and get the victory?
Washington has not fared well in season-openers having lost six of its last seven. The franchise has not performed much better in NFC East contests, having lost its last 10 divisional games and their last six contests to the Eagles. Maybe a new coaching staff is what Washington needs to flip the script.
If the Burgundy & Gold can get into the backfield on a beaten up Eagles O-Line and disrupt Wentz, he won’t have the time to find receivers open down the field and Washington can make the game closer than what some people are expecting. One thing that will work in Washington’s favor is that Philadelphia won’t have much film on the Scott Turner offense.