Kyle Shanahan hopes for better start on offense against Eagles this time

E.J. Biggers, LeSean McCoy

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy hurdles E.J. Biggers during the Week 1 matchup. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Members of the Washington Redskins’ defense have spent the week saying they hope to fare far better against the Eagles’ offense Sunday in Philadelphia than they did on opening night at FedEx Field.

There has been relatively little attention paid to the offensive performance that the Redskins had in their season-opening defeat to the Eagles. But offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday he hopes to get off to a far better start Sunday.

“Really I’m just looking forward to hopefully being in a normal game with them,” Shanahan said. “We started out pretty bad with them, turning the ball over early in the game and getting down pretty fast. So I’m hoping we can stay in a normal game where we can stay balanced and run our offense.”

Tailback Alfred Morris lost a fumble on the Redskins’ first offensive play in the opener. Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw an interception on the Redskins’ second possession, and the Eagles also got a first-quarter safety when Morris fell on the ball on his own end zone after mis-handling a pitchout from Griffin. The Redskins’ only first-half touchdown was scored by cornerback DeAngelo Hall and the Eagles led, 33-7, in the third quarter on their way to a 33-27 victory.

“That game right there is almost like watching a two-minute drill for most of the game,” Shanahan said. “So it’s a little bit deceiving. We haven’t seen our offense like that — we didn’t see it really much at all like that the year prior. So it’s definitely been different since then. It’s been a little different since the Green Bay game also. So hopefully we can keep it a normal game.”

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