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Without a strong performance in Week 3, Griffin will be under considerable pressure.
After two hard-fought wins, Washington will meet Philadelphia in its first divisional game of the year.
The Redskins have shown an improvement in their tackling across the preseason, with Gruden and his positional coaches doing a good job emphasizing fundamentals.
This will be of use to them as they seek to undo the embarrassment of 2013, when the Eagles breezed past and held them to zero points until the fourth quarter.
LeSean McCoy ran all over the Redskins to the tune of 261 yards and three touchdowns last year, so wrapping him up will be the primary task for Ryan Clark and his secondary.
The threat of tight end Zach Ertz could also cause Washington problems. At 6'5" and 250 pounds, Ertz is a big red-zone threat who can also play in the slot. The Redskins don't have the tallest defensive backs, so they'll need to play physical up front and take the pressure off.
As against Jacksonville, that means getting to the quarterback.
The Eagles will have the Jacksonville game to study and look at the way Haslett lined up his players, and Chip Kelly's team has one of the best offensive lines in football. This will be the biggest test the Redskins pass rush has faced so far, and it should make for a very interesting battle.
We have to assume that Griffin is going to take longer than two games to find his form. This leaves much of the work down to the defense and the running game.
Alfred Morris has been consistent over the last two years, so there's no reason to expect him to be any different. Even with Griffin struggling from the pocket, he should be able to get his receivers into the game long enough for Morris to take advantage.
It's going to be closer than last year, but the Eagles hand the Redskins their first defeat of the year and make it three in a row over Washington.
Prediction: Redskins Redskins 20-27 Eagles (2-1)