Here is our weekly look at the 5 things we will be keeping our eyes on during Sunday's Eagles-Redskins game at the Linc:
1. The Redskins’ blitz: The Redskins have just six sacks in four games. With Jason Taylor out, they really don’t have the pass-rushing horses up front to get to Donovan McNabb with a four-man rush. That means they’re going to have to blitz him. He and his receivers must be on the same page when the extra rushers come.
2. Tale of the takeaway: The Eagles have forced nine turnovers already, including four last week against the Bears. But they’re going up against an offense that has turned the ball over just once in four games. QB Jason Campbell, who fumbled 13 times last year, has gotten much better protecting the football and sensing pressure. He hasn’t thrown a pick in 124 attempts.
3. Gathering Moss: Despite the $56 million addition of Asante Samuel, the Eagles already have given up six touchdown passes, all of them coming in their two losses. The guy they’ve got to contain is red-hot Santana Moss, who has 22 catches in the ‘Skins’ three wins. Samuel likely will cover Moss a good deal of the time.
4. Red-zone blues: The Eagles have converted just one of their last six red-zone opportunities into touchdowns. In the last two games, they’ve gained a total of 12 yards on 11 rushing attempts inside the 20, including a grand total of zero on those three futile goal-line tries at Chicago. Their tight ends caught four passes in the red zone in Week 1, but just one since. Redskins are 24th in the league in red-zone defense.
5. Third-and-long: The Eagles are fourth in the league in third-down defense, but had trouble getting off the field in their losses to the Cowboys and Bears. Cowboys and Bears converted six of 15 third-down situations of 6 yards or more. In the Eagles’ two wins, their opponents were 1-for-18 on third-and-6 or more.