Redskins Fall To Division Rival Eagles
The Redskins lost the home and regular season opener to a new look Eagle team 33-27 on Monday Night Football. The first half of the game the Redskins were dominated by the Eagles on both sides of the ball. They were also the first team to experience the Chip Kelly offense that was executed to perfection by the Eagle’s offense. It was a very fast pace and they made the Redskins defense look dazed and confused. The Eagles ran the read-option and ended up with over 400 yards of offense for the game.
The Redskins defense couldn’t stop the Eagles in the first half but did manage to do a better job in the second half. Tackling was a big issue in the game and the Redskins coaches need to emphasize wrapping up and not going for the big hit or the stripping of the ball. THEY MUST LEARN TO WRAP UP PLAYERS AND TACKLE THEM TO THE GROUND. I will give them credit for realizing the lateral throw and scooping the ball up and returning it for a touchdown. It took awhile to get the ball in the endzone but they did manage to do it.
The Eagles only scored 7 points in the 2nd half of the game and the Redskins offense chipped at the lead minimizing it to 6 points with a little over a minute left in the game but still came up short.
The question people are asking is if the Eagles relaxed their defense with the lead. If so, kudos to the Redskins for taking what the Eagles defense gave them.
Things didn’t start off well for the Redskins offense. Morris fumbled on his first carry of the first offensive series of the game. Griffin throws a very bad interception into triple-coverage on the 2nd offensive series. The Redskins then gave the Eagles a safety when Griffin pitched a ball to Morris that was fumbled and recovered by the Redskins in their own endzone. To add insult to injury, Forbath missed a 40 yard field goal wide right which shocked a lot of fans.
Griffin was rusty and it showed but that should have been expected since he didn’t get any action during the preseason. He also didn’t look comfortable in the pocket early on in my opinion. Of course that leads to questions of whether he’s truly healthy enough to play and whether he should have played some in the last preaseason game. He did improve as the game progressed and hopefully was able to shake off all of the rust especially headed into Lambeau to face a 0-1 Packer team.
The Redskins played a lot of the young guys on the defensive side of the ball. Rambo, Amerson and Biggers saw playing time. It probably surprised a lot of fans seeing Biggers playing at the Safety position; I know it surprised me. The Redskins secondary has a lot of work to do to improve.
There were some good things though. It was nice seeing TE Jordan Reed implemented into the offense. Kyle needs to continue to turn him into a weapon which would help open up space for TE Fred Davis. The team did not give up and fought back. LB Perry Riley was impressive. RB Roy Helu saw some lite action.
I would love to see Kyle implement a 3 TE set with a Fullback and Runningback. I think they could create some favorable matchups with the defense. He could treat the TE’s like receivers. He could bunch them, split them out, give a three receiver look pound a defense with the running game.
The Redskins will be facing a Packer team that lost its first game of the season. Nevermind the game is at Lambeau field and the Redskins have a short week to prepare. This is very important game for the Redskins. They don’t want to open with a 0-2 record with both losses being in the NFC. They need to build momentum and what better way than to go into Lambeau and leave with a win. That would be sweet.
Hail To The Redskins !!!