Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
When: Today, 1 p.m., FedEx Field. Line: Redskins by 10A.
TV/Radio: WTTG-5; WJFK-FM-106.7, WBQB-FM-101.5, WPLC-FM-94.3,WKIK-FM-102.9, WAGE-1200, WNAV-1430, WFMD-930.
THE REDSKINS' KEYS TO VICTORY
1. Minimize turnovers.
The Redskins committed six turnovers in their 35-28 loss to the Eagles two weeks ago, and Philadelphia features one of the NFL's best defensive backfields, led by CB Troy Vincent and FS Brian Dawkins. WRs Albert Connell and Michael Westbrook must hang on to the ball.
2. Stop RB Duce Staley.
Redskins defenders hit Staley plenty of times two weeks ago, but they had trouble bringing him down. His powerful lower body is his greatest asset, so the Redskins need to gang up, bend their knees and wrap him up.
3. Pressure QB Donovan McNabb.
The No. 2 overall choice in this year's draft makes his third start, and the Redskins must exploit his inexperience and inconsistency. A powerful runner, he rushed for 49 yards against the Redskins two weeks ago.
WHEN THE REDSKINS HAVE THE BALL
If the offense can avoid turnovers, it has plenty of options -- from WRs Albert Connell and Michael Westbrook deep, to Brian Mitchell and Larry Centers out of the backfield. With QB Brad Johnson pressured by the New York Giants last week, the Redskins had huge success running the ball. Expect more of the same, with a big day for RB Stephen Davis, who last week became the second player in the NFL to top 1,000 yards rushing for the season. The offense needs to convert third downs and avoid third-and-long situations.
WRs Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell vs. CBs Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor.
The strength of the Eagles' defense has been against the pass. Vincent and Taylor are one of the NFC's best cornerback tandems, with seven interceptions between them. Vincent, at LCB, got one of his interceptions against the Redskins and stripped Connell, forcing a fumble, on another play. Westbrook will play with a cast on his broken thumb for a second week.
WHEN THE EAGLES HAVE THE BALL
Rookie QB Donovan McNabb struggled mightily last week against the Indianapolis Colts, who won, 44-17. In the first half, which ended with Colts leading 30-3, McNabb completed 2 of 7 passes for 9 yards, lost two fumbles and was sacked three times. For the game, he was 19 of 36 for 165 yards, with one touchdown, two interceptions, three fumbles lost and four sacks. But McNabb can be trouble running in an open field. RB Duce Staley is among the NFC's most prolific and determined backs. The Redskins grounded the Eagles' passing game in their last meeting, holding McNabb to 60 yards in an 8-of-21 performance.
LT Tra Thomas vs. DE Marco Coleman
A neck injury sidelined Coleman early in the first quarter of the Redskins' loss to Philadelphia two weeks ago. Kenard Lang slid over to his spot, and Anthony Cook filled in at LDE. Coleman returned last week to play his best game of the season. If he can handle the 6-foot-7, 349-pound Thomas, McNabb might be forced into some bad decisions.
Punter Matt Turk is regaining his steadiness, but K Brett Conway is coming off a game in which he made 3 of 6 field goal attempts. Brian Mitchell and James Thrash continue sharing kickoff returns. But can the Redskins' coverage unit contain Allen Rossum, who two weeks ago returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and had an 86-yard kickoff return on which he didn't score?
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Oct. 17 Redskins 24, Cardinals 10
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Oct. 31 Redskins 48, Bears 22
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