The Washington Redskins will take on the Philadelphia Eagles tonight at FedEx Field in their first game of the yearon Monday Night Football. Kickoff set for 7:10 PM on ESPN. The Redskins look to bounce back from a home loss in the wild card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawkslast season. The Eagles will be bringing to town a healthy Michael Vick who put up big numbers the last time he played at FedEx Field on Monday night football. Vick passed for four touchdowns and ran for two in a rout in 2010. The Redskins are welcoming back Robert Griffin III after reconstructive knee surgery in the offseason. Griffin’s first snap tonight will be his first since he went down trying to recover a bad snap in the playoff game against Seattle.
The Way it Was
Last season the Redskins went 2-0 against the Eagles. Both games proved to be pivotal in getting the Redskins to the playoffs. At home, they won in blowout fashion by a score of 31-6 and Griffin was phenomenal as he went 14/15 passing with four touchdowns to four different receivers. This win came after the Redskins bye week in which they stood at 3-6 and on the outside of the NFC playoff picture. This win was the first of seven in a row that helped propel the Redskins to the playoffs. The second meeting was a lot closer of a match. The Redskins would barely pull out a win in Griffin’s first game back from his initial knee injury against Baltimore. Griffin was clearly immobile but would still go 16/21 passing. The Redskins won on a Nick Folesintentional grounding penalty that ended the game. This win set up the win-or-go home game against the Dallas Cowboys in week 17.
Fans and defensive coordinators will get to see first year Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly’s high flying fast paced offense. It is thought that the Redskins kept around Pat White so the Redskins defense could go up against a left-handed mobile quarterback in practice. The Eagles are expected to go no-huddle and rush to the line of scrimmage after most of the plays. Time will tell if this sort of style of play can succeed in the NFL. For the Redskins, one important player to keep an eye on is Brandon Merriweather. Merriweather’s status for the game is still unclear as he is listed as questionable. If he is able to play,he will certainly have an impact on the game. Reed Doughty is a formidable back up, but he cannot have thesame impact on the game that Merriweather can. On offense, the Redskins will likely try to pound the rock andestablish the running game with Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. This will slow the game down and counteract the Eagles high-paced offense. This will allow the Redskins to open up the play-action passing game for big plays downfield. In his first game back, Griffin likely won’t be running much, but knowing him this could change. This game will be close throughout, but expect the Redskins to pull away in the end.
Final Score: Redskins 27 Eagles 24
By Mac Cassells