After the match against Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Night, the Redskins have an opportunity to get better before their week 13 feud with their old-time rivals Philadelphia Eagles on “Monday Night Football”. This will be their 2 of the 3 repeated game against them and They have this break time to come forth as a stronger team if they don’t want a repeat of last year.
Also, this time this competition with Super Bowl Champions holds more significance as they are up against star quarterback Carson Wentz at Lincoln Financial Field. This year Redskins have many of new faces in the team including Alex Smith as the new quarterback, running back Derrius Guice and wide receiver Paul Richardson. It is expected that the team will do a lot better than the last year. Last years performances lacked so much that they came up short in both games against The Eagles.
On another note its not just Redskins that have had many changes during this new year. There have been a few of major changes also happening at Philadelphia’s side as well like additions of WR Mike Wallace, Markus Wheaton, DT Haloti Ngata, DE Micheal Bennett and Drafted TE Dallas Goedert. There are also some subtractions like RB LeGarette Blount, TE Trey Burton, DE Vinny Curry, CB Partrick Robinson, S Corey Graham and WR Torrey Smith.
Even though the Eagles took on the win in both games last year they weren’t able to slip out that easily from Jay Gruden’s Side.
Last year in Week 1 at FedEx Field the Eagles acted smart and pulled away late in the fourth quarter next to the defensive tackle of former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins for a 22-yard touchdown, that gave the Eagles an 11 points lead which they later made into 30-17 with a two-point conversion. If that game had been set well in Redskins court, the whole campaign would have another story.
Though this offseason the Eagles have had many of the major player departures most significantly LeGarette Blount. These departures hold some weight for Redskins but are not the basis of their future win over the Eagles. Their victory will depend on their defense against Carson Wentz. Wentz has stood strong against almost all defenses made against him in the last year and is a fine threat to Redskins. The best options for Redskins would be to prevent the Eagles from making a vertical. Which have been made into one of the biggest challenges by Mike Wallace addition, he has been the most dangerous vertical options in NFL since last 10 years.
“I don’t feel like we’re going to miss a beat at all, honestly,” Quinton Dunbar said during OTAs. “We’ve got [Orlando] Scandrick coming in, who’s proving himself. Very smart player. Probably one of the smartest players I’ve been around as far as breaking down concepts, knowing different things and stuff like that. Then you’ve got one of the top cornerbacks in the league, [Josh] Norman. And then you have the young talent like me and Fabian [Moreau] with tremendous upside and things like that. I feel like we won’t miss a beat.”
The Additions of LeGarette Blount, Greg Stroman, and Adonis Alexander gives off good vibes among Redskins Secondary Defensive Line and hopefully, that will increase their chances of giving off a good answer to the Eagles fiery offense. It can’t be said that they would be able to completely shut down Wentz Lincoln Financial Field, but if they are able to prevent the big plays somehow, there is a chance that they can walk out the stadium being victorious against the Philadelphia Eagles.