WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: EAGLES-REDSKINS
Each week, Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch will tell you the things he will be keeping his eyes on during that week’s game:
1. The pressure on Campbell. The Redskins’ offensive line has been ravaged by injuries and hasn’t been able to protect quarterback Jason Campbell very well. They are 30th in the league in sacks per pass play. The Eagles sacked Campbell six times in the first meeting last month. They need a repeat performance to make life a little easier for their depleted back seven.
2. Ball protection. With all of their injuries, the Redskins really don’t have the wherewithal to drive 80 yards down the field and score. They’re going to need to force some turnovers and provide their offense with a short field. Trouble is they’ve got a league-worst 12 takeaways. If the Eagles protect the ball, the Redskins will have trouble reaching the end zone.
3. Avant and Celek. Slot receiver Jason Avant and tight end Brent Celek were largely ignored in the first game. Donovan McNabb threw a total of six passes in their direction. They combined for just three catches for eight yards. McNabb went to both of them early last week and it loosened things up on the outside for DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
4. Third-and-manageable. The Eagles converted just 4 of 15 third-down opportunities last month against the Redskins. A big reason for that was that too many of those third-down situations were third-and-longs. Ten of 15 were third-and-8 or longer. They need to stay out of third-and-longs Sunday.
5. Gathering Moss. With just 40 receptions, Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss has been an underused weapon this season. But he had one of his better games vs. Eagles. Campbell threw to him nine times and he caught six for 74 yards. He’s a dangerous yards-after-the-catch threat, and the Eagles need to limit those yards.