The Redskins and Robert Griffin III will be greeted by Chip Kelly and his new offense in the Redskins quarterback’s highly anticipated return to the field. We’ll see how the knee holds up against Philly’s defense.
The Eagles’ new offense will be fast-paced, and it’ll be interesting to observe how Washington will attempt to slow it down.
Here is a full breakdown of Monday evening’s game.
Where: FedEx Field
When: September 9, 2013, 6:55 PM ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Redskins Player to Watch: Robert Griffin III
All eyes are on RGIII as he returns from returns from reconstructive knee surgery. Dr. James Andrews says that there are no concerns, but we’ll see how Griffin looks on Monday night.
Several experts believe that Griffin will be rusty having not played in the preseason. However, I’d expect head coach Mike Shanahan to ease his quarterback in by relying more on Alfred Morris to carry the load and game planning to throw short passes such as slants and bubble screens early on.
Eagles Player to Watch: LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy has been flying under the radar with Michael Vick getting most of the media attention lately after winning the starting quarterback job. The shifty running back can be expected to be featured in the no-huddle offense. Washington has a strong front seven, and McCoy is a very good back, so something’s got to give.
Matchup to Watch: Eagles WRs vs. Redskins Secondary
Washington’s secondary is revamped with new starting safeties. Brandon Meriweather’s status is in question returning from an ACL tear and a groin injury from this preseason. Meanwhile, Jeremy Maclin is out for the season for Philadelphia, but DeSean Jackson can exploit the secondary. Washington’s defensive backs need to watch out for Jackson especially with Philly’s new offense being implemented for the first time that counts.
Despite the excitement surrounding Philadelphia’s new offense, there are still holes in that defense that Griffin, Alfred Morris, and co. will exploit. RGIII and the ‘Skins will ruin Chip Kelly’s NFL debut in a one-possession game. Redskins 27, Eagles 20