Kyle Shanahan on round two vs the Eagles
When the Redskins squared off with the Eagles in September, it's fair to say neither the offense nor defense looked prepared.
Much was made of the Skins defense looking lost against the up-tempo Eagles attack early in the game, but it's important to remember that the Washington offense also appeared unsteady in that game.
On Sunday, Kyle Shanahan expects a different beginning.
"Really I'm just looking forward to being in a normal game with them," Shanahan said Thursday during his weekly media availability. "We started out pretty bad,"
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In the opener, turnovers hurt the Skins offense almost immediately. Despite a DeAngelo Hall fumble return for a touchdown that staked Washington to an early 7-0 lead, the Redskins could not take advantage. Running back Alfred Morris fumbled on the first offensive snap, and Robert Griffin III also threw two interceptions.
The September loss to the Eagles also marked the first action for Griffin since reconstructive knee surgery in January, and RG3 looked quite different from the dynamic rookie that took the league by storm in 2012. In the time since losing to the Eagles, Griffin has regained much of his form, and the offense has been mostly successful moving the ball through the air and on the ground.
"I'm hoping we can stay in a normal game with them, stay balanced," Shanahan said about Sunday's matchup with Philly.
Griffin and the Redskins offense has been performing at a higher level during the last month. In three of the last four games, Washington has gained more than 400 total yards, including 500 yards in a win against San Diego and 499 in a win over the Bears.
Against the Eagles in the opener, the Skins mustered just 382 yards of offense. That will need to change to get a win in Philadelphia.