Redskins fans, the time is finally here! The past four games were just the preseason, didn’t count against the team’s win/loss record and provided a chance for the coaching staff to see exactly what the players offer as far as talent and ability. The Redskins were fortunate this preseason, despite losing Phil Taylor, which was a huge blow to the defense. Now that the regular season has arrived, focus has to become this team’s number one priority. At long last, all the unanswered questions can begin to be answered.
If you’re like me, the television and radio have been turned off for a while now. As a Redskins fan, listening to the media can be really depressing. It seems the upgrades and improvements to this 2017 Redskins 53-man roster have gone largely ignored. I can see them and I’m looking forward to closing a lot of mouths this year. Every snap is a new opportunity to rewrite history or change the perceptions or labels placed on this Redskins team. I hope these players are listening and allowing the negative banter to become fuel for the fire. The motivation of proving your doubters incorrect is blissful, once your goals as a complete team have been reached. Washington Redskins, it’s time to silence your critics.
We can take a walk down memory lane discussing this NFC East matchup between the Eagles and Redskins, but neither team is really the same season-to-season. The Eagles have made a few offensive moves that should bolster their play, adding veteran WR’s Alshon Jeffery and the speedy Torrey Smith, to compliment the already familiar offense with Nelson Agholor. Newly acquired RB LeGarrette Blount adds a power punch in the red zone and short yardage situations, along with the always dangerous Darren Sproles, introducing their version of a thunder and lightning backfield. On the defensive side of the ball, not a lot has changed. Rookie D-lineman Derek Barnett has early notoriety and is predicted to finish at least third in the Defensive Rookie of the Year race. Talk and predictions are cheap, awards and honors are won on the field.
Meanwhile on the Washington Redskins side, it appears that everything but football is being discussed, especially by those who aren’t close to the team. True fans can see what’s happening. Change is in the air from player personnel to the coaching staff. It all went under construction this offseason. The Redskins added various players on both the defensive and offensive sides of the ball to better this roster. The biggest talk all week has been about SS Su’a Cravens and his contemplation of early retirement. Cravens is a great talent, no doubt about it, but this safety group can and will move forward with or without him. Players like Deshazor Everett, Stefan McClure, Montae Nicholson and DJ Swearinger are all more than capable of bringing strong performance to the Redskins last line of defense. With the Eagles not really addressing their O-line, I’m expecting this Redskins pass rush to wreak havoc in the Eagles backfield. This first regular season game is going to come down to one thing: the Head Coach that brings the most attentiveness and detail to each and every play leading up to and during this matchup. After all, it’s just a good ole fashioned NFC East battle. You can throw all stats, predictions and possibilities out the window.
Kell’s Keys to Victory:
The Redskins defense has to set the tone early. Do not allow Eagles QB Wentz to get comfortable in or outside the pocket. The Redskins corners and safeties will be tested against the two crafty WR veterans in Jeffery and Smith, along with not allowing Blount to generate short yardage situations or sustain long, time-consuming drives. The Redskins defense has to make this Eagles offense one dimensional. They must jump on Wentz the same as they did last season.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Redskins have to play a clock control style of game. Running, screens, slants and short quick passes, doing what they did last season AND finish in the red zone. Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden stated all offseason and preseason that running the ball would become a staple of his play calls this year. Let’s all hope that’s the case. It’s the NFC East way. I’m also expecting great play from this Redskins special teams, giving the Redskins defense a long field to defend and the offense a short field to operate on. If all of these keys are utilized, the Redskins should find themselves victorious. Cover32 Redskins sends prayers and best wishes to all those affected by the hurricanes. ARE YA’LL READY FOR SOME REDSKINS FOOTBALL?!
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