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. Here is how things panned out yesterday:
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. Coming into yesterday's game, the Redskins were 30th in the league in sacks per pass play. The Eagles sacked Campbell six times in the first meeting last month. Yesterday, they sacked him just once and he finished 22-for-37 for 231 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
2. Ball protection. With all of their injuries, the Redskins had been having trouble driving down the field to score. But yesterday, they had two 80-yard drives that culminated with touchdowns. If they had been able to force some turnovers, they may have pulled out a win. They came into the game with a league-worst 12 takeaways. Yesterday, they failed to force any fumbles and managed just one interception, a fourth-quarter pick that put them on the Birds' 23. Five plays later they settled for a field goal instead of a touchdown.
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 8 yards. Yesterday they combined for nine catches for 127 yards.
4. Third-and-manageable. The Eagles converted just four of 15 third-down opportunities last month against the Redskins. They continued to struggle yesterday, converting just five of 15.