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When you talk about limiting speed or a playmaker's ability, it's certainly easier said than done. And when it comes to the Redskins' defense, attempting to limit guys like LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin, it makes for an even taller task.
Now that Michael Vick is likely done for the year, the Eagles are rolling with rookie Nick Foles—a sizeable pocket-passer with a very strong arm and limited experience. If the Eagles coaches were smart, they'd be coaching the rookie to get the ball out fast and into the hands of Philadelphia's playmakers (those guys mentioned above).
Calling the Redskins' defense a struggling unit this season would be an understatement. Through nine games, they're allowing an average of 28 points per game and nearly 400 yards.
However, if the Redskins want to keep this game in reach, limiting the Eagles' speed is crucial. Allowing DeSean Jackson to get behind the defense or giving LeSean McCoy daylight on a cutback lane could put the Redskins in a hole that's hard to escape.
Jim Haslett needs to scheme well, and the players need to execute.