Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Key to Victory: Control the ball
It’s pretty obvious that the Washington Redskins haven’t learned to stop anyone this season.
Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed more points per game than Mike Shanahan’s club, which has allowed at least 24 points in eight out of nine outings in 2013.
One year after allowing 388 points, the most among the 12 playoff teams last season, the Redskins have already given up 287 points in nine games this year.
So what are the defending NFC East champions to do? Well, keeping the red-hot Philadelphia Eagles offense off the field would certainly be a good idea. And considering Washington does boast the league’s third-best running game, the possibilities to do just that are certainly there.
And it is certainly worth a mention that running back Alfred Morris has totaled 25 and 26 carries (good for a combined 260 yards), respectively, in each of his last two outings. That’s 25 or 26 fewer plays that the Philadelphia offense is not on the field.
Key to Victory: Staying aggressive
Scoring points didn’t figure to be an issue for the Eagles this season no matter what Chip Kelly’s offense looked like. And for the most part, those in the know have been pretty spot on.
However, who knew that second-year quarterback Nick Foles would not only eventually be at the helm of the attack but would also emerge as one of the league’s hottest players.
In seven appearances this season, Foles has thrown 16 touchdown passes without an interception. In his last two games, the young signal-caller has thrown for 10 scores.
Meanwhile, the Eagles quarterback hasn’t been shy about getting the ball downfield, and he has developed quite the rapport with Riley Cooper. Over the last two weeks, the Philadelphia wideout has totaled eight receptions for a whopping 241 yards and five scores, three of those touchdowns covering 30 or more yards.
“I'm having a blast,” said Cooper to Associated Press writer Rob Maaddi via Philly.com. “I love football, but it feels so good when you are contributing to the team and winning games.”
Given the shortcomings of the Washington defense as well as their own team’s defensive issues, Foles and Cooper could be in for another productive outing, especially in the game’s second half.