Redskins vs. Eagles: players, positions to watch

The Washington Redskins play their last home game in the month of October this week, hosting NFC East rival Philadelphia.

Washington looks to extend their current winning streak to four games, while the Eagles, playing their first divisional game of the season, are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season.

The Redskins have had the Eagles number lately, winning the last three matchup.

Here are a few things to keep an eye on during this week six showdown.

The Wentz Wagon
Philadelphia’s offense is ranked third in the league in scoring, averaging 28.8 points a game.

Rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz, has been surprisingly impressive through the first five games of the season. The number 2 pick out of North Dakota State has thrown seven touchdowns and just one interception, completing 67 percent of his passes.

Cornerback Josh Norman sung Wentz’s praises this week, complementing his smart decision making despite being a rookie. Expect him to try and air out the ball often against a battered Redskins secondary. The Eagles will try and keep the ball away from Norman as much as possible.

DeSean Jackson vs. his old team
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson is not one to mince words or hide his frustrations. He is frustrated that he doesn’t get the ball thrown his way more often. Expect that to change this week.

Coach Jay Gruden said that Jackson deserves more targets and with TE Jordan Reed ruled out of this week’s game (concussion), which means Cousin’s favorite target won’t be on the field. So D-Jax could see more targets, especially going up against his former team.

Red-Hot Defense
Last week, in their victory against the Baltimore Ravens, the Redskins' defense made the Ravens a one-dimensional team, and showed vast improvement in some key areas, like third down efficiency. Washington’s defense allowed just three third-down conversions and shut-out the Ravens in the second half.

However, they still allowed almost 400 yards a game and struggle in run defense, ranked 31st in the league. They need to shore up the holes, continue to improve on tackling in hopes of stopping the Wentz-led Eagles offense.

Stay Special
This seasons Redskins special teams unit has been, well…special.

Two NFC Special Teams players of the week in Dustin Hopkins and Jamison Crowder. They continue to hold their own, come through with clutch plays, and help their team stay in ball game. They need to stay consistent and reliable, because they can change the momentum of a game.


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