Hall: Stopping Eagles 'a big task'

Hall: Stopping Eagles 'a big task'
November 11, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Another 7 game run unlikely for the Redskins

When the Redskins faced the Eagles in Week 1, the defense thought it was prepared for Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense.

The final box score, however, suggested the unit was not. Philly prevailed at FedEx Field, 33-27, while racking up 443 yards of offense. That total included a season-worst 263 on the ground.

“Not knowing what to expect was a little overwhelming at times,” veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall conceded on Monday, referring to the season opener. “So that definitely played a part in a lot of their success against us. We’ll see Sunday. We got a good dose of what they are going to do. They know what we’re going to do. We’ll get out there and may the best men win.”

The Redskins fell to 3-6 after blowing a double-digit, second half lead in Minneapolis on Thursday night. The Eagles, meantime, are 5-5 and tied atop the NFC East with the Cowboys after winning their last two games behind emerging No. 1 quarterback Nick Foles. 

But when the teams meet Sunday at FedEx Field, the Eagles won’t have the element of surprise on their side this time, Hall noted.

Asked how much the Redskins will benefit from having 10 games worth of film to study, Hall said, “Immensely. Immensely.”

“We got a lot of film on them,” he said. “We kinda know what’s been working against them. They been kinda rolling these last couple of weeks. So we’ll, I guess, pick and choose from all the games and formulate a plan that we feel can work and we can [implement].”

Hall also said he’s impressed with Foles, who thrown 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in back-to-back wins over Raiders and Packers.    

“I guess he’s been scoring touchdowns and not throwing picks,” Hall said. “That’s what it’s kinda looked like from the stat line. He finished with three touchdowns [against Green Bay]. His receivers were getting open. They had pretty good run attack going. The week before that, to throw seven touchdowns, that kind of speaks for itself.”

“So,” Hall added, “we definitely have a big task in front of ourselves.”