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Redskins-Eagles: A Few X-Factors

5:04 PM, Sep 7, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Keep your eye on these six things Monday night at Fed Ex Field. 

1) Will Robert Griffin III be rusty?

As CSN's Rich Tandler points out, the last five quarterbacks coming off of ACL surgery saw at least two games in the preseason. It's peculiar the Redskins didn't want to see at least one quarter of Griffin. He was cleared on the Thursday of the Bucs game, so why not let him throw the rock a little bit? Anyway, besides Tom Brady, most quarterbacks first games back from knee injuries were sub par. Griffin loved playing the Eagles last season, though. He boasted a 137.1 QB Rating and six touchdowns. Expect a bunch of short passes to open up the game to get Griffin in a rhythm. 

2) Bacarri Rambo

It appears as if safety Brandon Meriweather will be out, or at least limited come Monday night. Maybe it's just me, but I'd be nervous as hell with Rambo and Reed Doughty lined up next to each other. Though he improved as the preseason dragged along, Rambo was never really tested in coverage. If Chip Kelly is smart, his game plan will be attack the Redskins sixth round pick from Georgia. 

3) The Eagles offensive line

The Eagles allowed 48 sacks last season, the fifth most in the NFL. Maybe more notably, their quarterbacks were hit 118 times, the most in the league. With Chip Kelly implementing this fast-paced offense, it almost certainly will impact how tired the big lineman are up front

4) Riley Cooper

The Redskins are one of the more mature sports teams I've been around. They handle their business correctly. But in the heat of the moment you never know what can happen. For example, Cooper's teammate Cary Williams attacked the receiver in practice on Thursday. I won't be stunned if a Redskins player is flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty involving Cooper Monday night. `

5) Barry Cofield

The club on Cofield's broken hand is massive. Like unbelievably humongous. If you watch the Redskins intently, then you know Cofield's presence is central to Washington's success. It's hard to imagine him not playing effectively, but if the Eagles having success offensively, this will be a mian reason. 

6) The number of plays the Eagles run offensively

Philadelphia ran almost 90 percent of their plays without a huddle during the preseason. This makes it extremely difficult for defenses to sub different players onto the field. NFL teams have generally averaged around 65 plays per game over the last decade. Kelly is looking to up that total to at least 80

 

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