Redskins vs. Eagles: Sketching out a Game Plan for Washington
Washington Redskins players have been saying all week they feel strongly that they still have a chance to beat the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday and keep winning en route to their first division crown since, like, 1976.
Or something like that.
Do the 'Skins have a chance? Sure. Everyone does in this division, and a win Sunday at home against the Eagles would move Washington just two games back of first-place New York with a head-to-head matchup with the Giants looming.
But before the Redskins can worry about that, they've got to take care of Philly. And to accomplish that feat, I'm hoping that when they made adjustments during the bye week they realized that becoming more aggressive on both sides of the ball was the only solution. They have to compensate for their weaknesses.
All that considered, here's my suggested game plan for Mike Shanahan's team Sunday.
Let Robert Griffin Loose
The Eagles defense is a train wreck right now. They've been dismantled by opposing quarterbacks in three straight games, aren't applying as much pressure as usual, can't get consistent coverage out of their corners and are missing tackles like it's 2011.
The 'Skins should be slightly better off in pass protection against this defense than they were against Carolina, and I'm hoping Kyle Shanahan will give Tyler Polumbus some much-needed help based on some bye-week adjustments. If that's the case, Griffin should have a chance to unleash some deep balls.
Should the Redskins become more or less aggressive this week?
Only five teams have given up more 40-plus-yard completions this season than the Eagles. Griffin can exploit that, finally showing us his ability to hit on deep balls.
Become More Aggressive on Defense, Too
The Redskins have to take more chances on the defensive side of the ball as well. They have to do everything in their power to mask the deficiencies on the back end, and they have to accept that only big plays from the defense will keep them alive.
It's not as though LeSean McCoy isn't a huge threat, but if the 'Skins can keep it in his hands and out of the hands of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, it bodes better for their D, which has been average against the run this year.
In a game like this one, average is good.
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