Friday, March 6, 2015

Redskins v. Eagles: What We'll Be Watching For

Another Day Another Tough RB. The Eagles held Alfred Morris to 45 yards on 12 carries in Week 1. But he’s been on fire lately. He’s rushed for 93 or more yards in each of his last four games and has racked up 260 the last two weeks against the Vikings and Chargers. The Eagles are coming off an impressive performance against the Packers in which they held Eddie Lacy to 3 yards per carry.

Redskins v. Eagles: What We'll Be Watching For

Eagles´ Nick Foles. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Eagles' Nick Foles. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Another Day Another Tough RB. The Eagles held Alfred Morris to 45 yards on 12 carries in Week 1. But he’s been on fire lately. He’s rushed for 93 or more yards in each of his last four games and has racked up 260 the last two weeks against the Vikings and Chargers. The Eagles are coming off an impressive performance against the Packers in which they held Eddie Lacy to 3 yards per carry.

Early Wake-Up Call. The Eagles are 5-1 on the road and 0-4 at home this season. A big reason for that discrepancy is first-half offensive production. In their six road games, the Eagles have averaged 17.2 points in the first half. In their four home losses, they’ve averaged just 4.0 points in the first two quarters. If they don’t want to hear boos Sunday, it would behoove them to get their offense in gear early.

Eyes On The Tight Ends. In the Eagles’ last two games, DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper have combined for 17 catches for 471 yards and 7 TDs. But the Redskins have struggled in matchups against tight ends this season. While they’ve only given up 40 catches to opposing tight ends, six have gone for touchdowns. Last week, the Vikings’ John Carlson had seven catches for 98 yards and a TD. The Eagles, meanwhile, must find a way to neutralize the Redskins’ talented rookie tight end, Jordan Reed, without injured linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

Start To Finish. The Redskins have one of the poorest opponent starting field position averages in the league (31.0), which has put extra pressure on a defense that is giving up 31.9 points per game. In the Eagles’ 33-27 Week 1 win over the ‘Skins, five of the Eagles’ 14 possessions started in Washington territory.

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Give And Take. The Eagles have lost just three turnover battles this season and lost all three of those games. The only time they lost a game in which they won the TO battle was their 33-30 Week 2 loss to the Chargers. Nick Foles hasn’t thrown a pick in 136 attempts this season. LeSean McCoy has fumbled just once in 223 touches this season.

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