Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 21, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Giants on Thursday night football.
Five final thoughts on Eagles vs. Redskins
—The Eagles’ wide receiver corps is not off to a great start. The top two wideouts, Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, have combined for 13 receptions for 179 yards. That’s two fewer catches for six fewer yards than Washington tight end Niles Paul has. Not that the Redskins secondary doesn’t have to worry about them because both are capable of having a big day. But they seem to be down on the list of Jim Haslett’s concerns.
—The Eagles haven’t been able to generate much of a pass rush this year. They got three sacks against the Jaguars and none against the Colts. Their best pass rusher is 32-year-old Trent Cole. If the Redskins keep the game close they should be able to keep Kirk Cousins upright.
—I’ve received some comments and tweets from people worried about Cousins having something of a cavalier attitude about throwing interceptions. Obviously it depends on the situation; some interceptions are more damaging than others. A red zone pick is unacceptable while if you heave it downfield on third and long and you end up with a turnover that has the same effect as a punt that’s not so bad. It’s not how many interceptions Cousins throws against the Eagles; it’s when and where.
—Jason Hatcher is a big difference between the Redskins team that the Eagles handled twice last year and the team that will take on the Eagles this year. Last year Washington got 3.5 sacks from its defensive line; Hatcher already has 2.5 to his credit. Nick Foles can run a bit but he’s not highly mobile and if Hatcher does what he’s been doing it could be a long day for him.
—The other big difference from 2013 is Keenan Robinson. A Redskins coach told me that during the offseason the team had a college coach with NFL experience look at all of the Redskins’ defensive snaps from last year. One of the main overall takeaways the coach had was that London Fletcher just didn’t have it any more. Robinson doesn’t have Fletcher’s experience, of course, and he has a long way to go before he’s anything close to the kind of leader No. 59 was. But Robinson is bigger, faster, and stronger and against a team like the Eagles that goes a long way.
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—Today’s schedule: Redskins @ Eagles, 1:00, FOX
—Days until: Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 4; Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 16
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