Five At Five: Five Things To Watch For On Sunday Afternoon
Posted 11/16/2012 5:00:00 PM

Here are five things to watch for heading into Sunday afternoon’s 1pm showdown with the 3-6 Washington Redskins.

  1.  History is on the Eagles’ side – The Redskins have lost eight straight games against teams that feature a rookie starting quarterback, the longest such streak since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Nick Foles, of course, is a rookie starting quarterback. Something’s gotta give.
     
  2. Attack the defense – The Redskins secondary is one of the worst in the league. They’ll be able to employ the services of prized offseason free agent acquisition Brand Meriweather for the first time this season. The safety injured his knee during the preseason and then aggravated it on two separate occasions when he was close to returning to action. The Redskins allow 301 passing yards per game and the Eagles have, in theory, the wide receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin to exploit that weakness.
     
  3. Contain RGIII – Robert Griffin III has taken the league by storm thanks to his dynamic ability to extend plays and make things happen with his feet as well as the fact that he is actually a pretty accomplished passer. RGIII is currently the eighth most accurate passer in the league. His 1,993 passing yards won’t wow you but he has shown the ability to make plays when it matters most – case in point the Redskins week 7 clash against the Giants in which RGIII made some incredible plays down the stretch to almost steal the game away from the defending Super Bowl Champions.
     
  4. Shut down Pierre Garcon – It looks like the Redskins number one wide receiver, Pierre Garcon, will make his return to the lineup after missing the last four games and six of the Redskins’ last nine with a plantar plate tear in his right foot.  On the season he has eight catches for 158 yards and a touchdown and looked like RGIII’s main option right out of the gate. The Redskins’ air attack is woeful with Leonard Hankerson pacing the unit with 342 receiving yards. Santana Moss has five receiving touchdowns. As bad as the Redskins receivers are, the Eagles’ secondary might be the kind of group they are able to find success against.
     
  5. Give. Shady. The. Ball. – The last thing the Eagles want to do is put Nick Foles in a position in which he has to throw the ball 25 or 30 times per game. LeSean McCoy is one of the best running backs in the league and he needs to be utilized as such. Marty Mornhinweg can throw all the stats out there that say Shady gets plenty of touches; it doesn’t matter. McCoy is your horse and it’s time to hitch the wagon to him. In the Eagles’ 3 wins, McCoy averaged 22.7 rushes per game. In the Eagles six losses? 15.7. Give him the ball and let him run, run and run some more.
Posted By: John Lamb  

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