The game has more question marks that the S.A.T. The Eagles have a new Head Coach in Chip Kelly. He comes from The University of Oregon where he was the innovator of his modern day “hurry up” offense. The Eagles played at a quick pace in the preseason but not the pace expected, leaving many to believe that their coach didn’t want to display his full offense in the preseason and will unleash his attack on Monday night. The Redskins have quarterback Robert Griffin returning from ACL surgery and he did not play in the preseason. His health will be the key to this game and the Redskins season overall.
Michael Vick won the quarterback battle and will be entrusted with the offense. He has shown a propensity to hold onto the ball for too long and to be an overall inaccurate passer. Both of these traits are the opposite of what he will be asked to do and it will be interesting to see how he handles it. His ability to make plays on the run should result in some big plays. Lesean McCoy is an elite tailback who can really shine in this new system. He can catch the ball out of the background as well as make plays in between the tackles. He is elusive and will have many chances against a weak Redskins run defense. The Wide Receiver group suffered a huge loss when Jeremy Maclin went down early in the preseason with a knee injury and was lost for the season. WR Desean Jackson has big play ability and is the perfect fit for this new system. He has elite speed and that is an essential element in what the Eagles do. WR Riley Cooper will look to replace Macklin and be a possession receiver who moves the chains.
Griffin is the key for Washington. He proved last season that he is a legit/top flight NFL quarterback and if he plays the Redskins may be a Superbowl contender. Last year was a coming out party for Alfred Morris. He rushed for over 1600 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is the type of downhill runner that Coach Mike Shanahan always seems to find. He has young legs and will look to take apart an Eagles defense that is in the midst of a transition. WR Pierre Garcon will be Griffins main target and he will look to exploit the smaller defensive backs in the Eagle secondary.
All these question marks make this game very difficult to figure out. The 60 minutes between the lines are sure to answer these questions and shape the futures for both franchises. This game will be very interesting in one way or another.
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