Eagles vs. Redskins: What should you watch for?

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Sep 24, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback

Kirk Cousins

(8) is sacked by New York Giants linebacker

Jonathan Casillas

(54) during second half at MetLife Stadium. The New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 32-21.

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Forcing Kirk Cousins Into Trouble

Kirk Cousins has 12 interceptions in the fourth quarter in his career. For a Philadelphia Eagles team that had struggled to defend the pass in the first two games, they appeared to change their defensive philosophy against the Jets. Byron Maxwell was not playing off his receiver as much, and Eric Rowe received his first snaps on defense. Those snaps were against rookie receiver Devin Smith, which would be great preparation in the event that DeSean Jackson manages to play (highly unlikely).

The task at hand is a bit more difficult with Cousins at home. This season, at home his completion percentage is 14.7% higher than on the road. For his career he has completed 63.2% of his passes at home compared to 59.3% on the road.

One stat (take from it what you will) that could benefit the Eagles is that in games with precipitation, Cousins has a 49.3 quarterback rating and has an interception-to-touchdown ration of 3:1. Cousins has played three games in the rain averaging a pedestrian 141.7 passing yards.