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Need to Know: Redskins vs Eagles by the numbers—Domination on both sides of the ball


Need to Know: Redskins vs Eagles by the numbers—Domination on both sides of the ball

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 17, six days before the Washington Redskins travel to Detroit to play the Lions.


Today's schedule: Jay Gruden news conference, 3 p.m., CSN and

Days until: Redskins @ Lions 6; Redskins vs. Bengals in London 13; Vikings @ Redskins 27

Redskins vs Eagles by the numbers

— The Redskins have now held three consecutive opponents to 20 or fewer points in a single season for the first time since games 3-5 of the 2011 season. The bad part about those 2011 games was that the Redskins lost two of them. The Redskins won all three of these.

—The Redskins rushed for 230 yards, the most for the team since their Week 17 win over the Cowboys in 2012 (274).

—The Redskins averaged 6.96 yards per rush. That is their best per-carry average in a game with at least 20 carries since they averaged 8.3 against the Falcons in 1985 (via Pro Football Reference). You have to go back to 1966, and their record-setting 72-41 win over the Giants to find a higher average per rush (8.7 yards)

—The last time they rushed for more yards against the Eagles was in 1984, when they had 232. John Riggins led the way with 107 yards that day.

—Ryan Kerrigan recorded two sacks, the ninth multi-sack game in his career.

—The Redskins now have four straight wins over the Eagles. The last time they won four in a row over Philly was 1985-1987.

—The Redskins outgained the Eagles in the first half 285 yards to 41. The 244-yard margin was the highest since at least 1991, when they started keeping such records. They stretched that advantage to 341-41 by driving 56 yards for a field goal on their first possession of the second half.

—The Redskins ran a stretch of 39 plays without the Eagles running a play with the exception of a kneeldown at the end of the first half. According to Elias that is the longest such stretch of plays any team has run in at least the last 25 years.

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Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

For months, draft conversation suggested that there wasn't an offensive tackle to pick in the Top 10. And after Bradley Chubb, there wasn't an edge defender worth a Top 10 pick either. 

All of a sudden, that conversation is changing. 

Late charges from Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and University of Texas San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport are starting to influence mock drafts.

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Peter Schrager predicted the 49ers to take McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick. Charley Casserly, in a mock draft with NBC Sports Washington on Monday, predicted the Chicago Bears take Davenport with the eighth overall pick. Reports on Landry are all over the place, but some guess he could break the Top 10 as well.

The thing to remember about the NFL: It's a passing league. Positions tied to the quarterback are the most important, and that means protecting the QB and getting after the QB is in high demand. No position will ever get over-drafted like quarterback, but it's not a surprise that teams might reach for players at tackle or edge rusher.

What does this mean for the Redskins holding the No. 13 pick?

It means great news. 

Washington will already benefit from four QBs going in the Top 10. That will likely push down an elite talent to their draft spot.

If McGlinchey, Davenport or Landry also crack the Top 10? Even better.

The Redskins need help at just about every position group on the defensive side of the ball. It's well documented how the team struggled against the run in 2017, but the defense also lost Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller this offseason. 

There will be a number of weapons available for Washington at 13, and that could include players like Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James in addition to Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne. It might mean Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith lasts to 13 too. 

For the Redskins, Fitzpatrick or James at 13 seems like a steal. Both players present elite potential at the evolving position of nickel cornerback. They can play some corner, some safety, and James might even be able to play some linebacker. 

Regardless of the eventual destination for James or Fitzpatrick, if more surprise players sneak into the Top 10 on Thursday night, the better Washington's options become. And that includes the possibility of trading down, Vea or Payne, Smith or Edmunds.

More elite options at 13 only helps the Redskins. 

Redskins fans should be rooting for Mike McGlinchey, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport early Thursday night. The folks in Ashburn will be. 

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Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the third episode above and more here.

A position change. A school change. A season-ending injury. 

Those are the kinds of things that prevent an NFL career from ever starting. But none of those things stopped Trey Edmunds from reaching the league and contributing for the Saints as a rookie in 2017.

Trey, the oldest brother in a family that features 2018 prospects Tremaine and Terrell, came out of high school as a linebacker, but became a running back after enrolling at Virginia Tech. After three productive seasons with the Hokies, he transferred to finish up his career with Maryland, yet his senior season was cut short after fracturing his foot five games in to the schedule.

That injury was a big reason why the 2017 NFL Draft came and went without a phone call for Edmunds, so he signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in May. There, he played spot duty on special teams for much of his rookie campaign before his breakout moment in November:

Now, heading into his second pro year, Edmunds will reportedly have to fight for a roster spot in New Orleans again. But hey, adversity is something the 23-year-old is very familiar with, so don't bet against him.