Here are five keys to an Eagles victory tonight in Landover, Maryland.
5. Get LeSean McCoy Going – Shady McCoy hasn’t scored a touchdown since October 10th, coincidentally the last time the Eagles played in prime time. He’s struggled quite a bit in the last three games, and with all of the attention the Redskins will likely pay to DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, McCoy could play a big role tonight.
4. Slow Down Chris Cooley – The Redskins tight end always seems to make big catches against Philadelphia, such as his 31-yard touchdown in week four. Perhaps the Eagles will use Keenan Clayton in coverage more this week, if he makes the active roster.
3. Stop the Redskins Run – The first time these two teams played, the Redskins racked up 169 yards on the ground and won 17-12 despite a lackluster performance by Donovan McNabb, who completed only 8 passes in the victory.
2. First 15 Minutes – In week four, the Redskins jumped out to a 14-0 lead and cruised from there thanks to their early success in the running game. The tempo of this game will be critical to the outcome, so it’s important to set the tone early.
1. Make it a High Scoring Game – Washington’s didn’t score more than 17 points in any of its four wins this season, but the winner scored 27 or more points in each of the Redskins’ four losses. The Eagles love to throw the ball, and this is one of those instances in which turning it into a track meet would be highly beneficial to Philadelphia.
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