Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 29, five days before the Redskins host the Eagles.
Five early thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles
QB battle less than thrilling—For one of the few times this year the Redskins could field the better quarterback in a game. Kirk Cousins isn’t exactly tearing up the league but Sam Bradford has the same 3-4 touchdown to interception count as Cousins and has a worse completion percentage (Cousins 69.2%, Bradford 62.4 percent) and a lower yards per pass attempt average (Cousins 6.7, Bradford 5.8). Bradford just doesn’t look comfortable in Chip Kelly’s system at this point.
Protecting the quarterback—The Redskins have done a very good job of protecting the quarterback so far. Their four sacks allowed is tied for ninth best in the NFL. But the Eagles have allowed Sam Bradford to get sacked only twice. This could be an X-factor is the game; one of the teams could get an decided advantage by breaking through and racking up three or four sacks.
Containing Sproles—The Redskins did a good job of bottling up Rams punt returner Tavon Austin a week after he had returned a punt for a touchdown against the Seahawks. Now the Redskins face Darren Sproles, who took one back all the way against the Jets on Sunday. Sproles is also a threat from scrimmage, although he has been pretty well bottled up so far this year.
Lack of Eagles big plays—Reuben Frank, who covers the Eagles for our sister site, CSN Philly, tweeted out the following stat on Monday morning:
There have been 101 offensive plays of 33 yards or more in the NFL this year. The Eagles don't have any of them.— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) September 28, 2015
The Redskins have four plays that covered a third of the field so far. The Eagles’ big plays likely will come at some point; they had 21 of them last year. But you have to wonder if Chip Kelly doesn’t sometimes regret giving big-play wide receiver DeSean Jackson his walking papers in 2014.
Will Murray break out?—In his years with Dallas, the Redskins contained DeMarco Murray pretty well, holding him under his career averages in both yards per carry (4.8 career, 4.6 vs. Redskins) and yards per game (82.5 career, 74.4 vs. Redskins). Murray has become the poster child for futility in Philadelphia with 11 yards on 21 carries after being a big splash signing in free agency. The Redskins will need to keep him bottled up. If he gets rolling, even just to the extent of having his average game against the Redskins, it could get the whole Eagles offense rolling.
—Today’s schedule: Off day
—Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ Falcons 12; Redskins @ Jets 19
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