Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 6, four days before the Washington Redskins open their season against the Eagles at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1 pm; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences, open locker room after practice approx. 3 pm

Days since:

—Redskins’ last game (1/1) 248

Days until:

—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 11
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 18
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 53

Early thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles

Stat to note: Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz got off to a smoking hot start last year. In September, he threw for five touchdowns and no interceptions with a passer rating of 103.8. The Eagles were 3-0. He didn’t have a passer rating better than 83.3 in any month the rest of the way (except for a single January game) and he passed for 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Eagles went 4-9 the finish the season. Which one is the real Wentz? We’ll find out starting Sunday.

Under the radar players: Fletcher Cox gets the most attention on the Eagles’ defensive front but don’t sleep on their ends, Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham. Both are veteran, career Eagles, and tough, solid players. Neither is going to be a double-digit sack guy but they will put some heat on the quarterback. Middle linebacker Jordan Hicks is a good one, too.

Redskins strength vs. Eagles weakness: This is possibly more of a strength against potential question mark. Redskins receivers Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson, and Jamison Crowder all have the potential to be 1000-yard receivers. They are matched against a shaky set of Eagles corners that will start Jalen Mills, a seventh-round pick last year, and Ronald Darby, who came over in a trade after two so-so years with the Bills. If the Redskins’ receivers live up to some of their potential, these could be some good matchups for the Redskins.


Redskins strength vs Eagles strength: Here is what Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network, who lives in Philadelphia, said about the Eagles’ main strength (via a Philly radio station):

Despite appearances at times during the preseason, the Redskins’ offensive line is one of the strengths of the team. There is no question that they are as solid a pass blocking unit as there is in the league and that combined with Cousins’ ability to get rid of the ball quickly should minimize the disruption caused by the Eagles’ front when the quarterback drops back. Although Redskins’ O-line’s ability in run blocking is more questionable, they did block well enough for the team to average 4.5 yards per attempt, good for ninth in the NFL. Still, that battle of the lines in the run games seems to be more of a toss-up if not in the Eagles’ favor.

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