Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 12, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Rams in Los Angeles


Today’s schedule: No media availability

Days until:

—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 12
—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 20
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 47

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles

—The Eagles will finish at 8-8 or better. I say that because I think Carson Wentz is going to be a very good quarterback. Not elite, but good enough to win with that Philly defense, which focused on put resources up front giving them a winning combination of a good pass rush and ability to stop the run.  

—Speaking of defensive fronts, the Redskins played well against the run. The Eagles ran 24 times for 58 yards, an average of 2.4 yards per carrying. Last year on first down they allowed a league-worst 5.0 yards per carry. Philly averaged just 2.7 yards on 14 first-down runs. LeGarrette Blount, a 1000-yard rusher with the Patriots last year, carried 14 times for 46 yards, an average of 3.3 yards. Blount was able to power for some yards but a quality Eagles offensive line was unable to open many holes for him. The Redskins also had two sacks and they had their hands on Wentz four other times and a Junior Galette sack was nullified due to an offside penalty that had nothing to do with the outcome of the play.

—If you want to find a positive in the generally poor play of Kirk Cousins, look at his third-quarter completion to Brian Quick. On third and 10 at the Eagles 39, an unblocked Chris Long bolted to the quarterback, screaming in from Cousins’ left. He slipped away from Long, moved several steps laterally to the left, stopped, set, and fired to Brian Quick for 11 yards and the first down. One of the areas where Cousins has needed to show improvement over his two years as a starter is his ability improvise plays when things break down. The Redskins hope he can execute a couple of plays like that per game, turning a potentially negative play into a first down or more.


—Jonathan Allen had a solid debut for the Redskins. He started and played 42 snaps, the most of any defensive lineman by nine (Matt Ioannidis played 33). The first-round pick had four tackles plus a quarterback hit and two hurries. Allen wasn’t dominant but he made his presence felt and that made for an encouraging start.

—When the offensive line had issues during the preseason, it was just the preseason. Now, the unit had issues against the Eagles there is some genuine cause for concern. How much concern? “They [the Eagles] have a good front,” said Jay Gruden yesterday. “That is well-documented. We have a good front also. We should block better than we did.” Philly has one of the best four or five defensive fronts the Redskins will face all year. Did the Washington O-line line struggle because the Eagles are very good or because they have some fatal flaws? That will be one of the major storylines over the next few weeks.  

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