Open thread: Keys to Redskins-Eagles

Open thread: Keys to Redskins-Eagles
September 9, 2013, 4:15 am
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Your Monday morning open thread:

In case you haven't heard, the Redskins are playing a game that counts for the first time in 243 days. They will play the Eagles one year to the day after the spectacular NFL debut of quarterback Robert Griffin III and eight months to the day after he underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee.

Certainly the play of Griffin will be one of the keys to tonight's game. What are you looking for? Here are just a couple of places my eyes will be tonight:

  • When the Redskins have the ball, it's Alfred Morris. Griffin may be rusty but there's no reason for Alf or the O-line or the receivers who turn into blockers to skip a beat. An effective running game will keep whatever crazy offense Chip Kelly will have Michael Vick run on the bench and allow RG3 to pick his spots passing.
  • When the Eagles have the ball, it's all about Philly big plays. The Redskins can afford to give up one long bomb from Vick to DeSean Jackson or big run by Shady McCoy. But if they give up multiple big plays we could have a shootout on our hands and then it could come down to whoever has the ball last.

 What will you be looking at?