Eagles v. Redskins
Passing Yards: 303.0 yards (2nd)
Rushing Yards: 136.0 yards (9th)
Opponent Passing Yards: 207.0 yards (11th)
Opponent Rushing Yards: 116.5 yards (19th)
Nick Foles missed throws again on Monday night against Indianapolis which has raised some concerns. Despite some missed throws, Foles got the ball into the hands of his playmakers to drive the Eagles down field for a victory. He threw for 331 yards and a touchdown. Foles enters Week 3 ranking second in the NFL in passing yards trailing only Atlanta's Matt Ryan.
Darren Sproles carried the Eagles on Monday. The 31-year-old rushed four times for 26 yards including a 19-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 20 late in the third quarter. Perhaps most impressive was his ability as a receiver out of the backfield. The 31-year-old led the team in receptions (7) and receiving yards (152) against the Colts. He went on to win NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
There is another running back in the Eagles' backfield who can hold his own. LeSean McCoy led the Eagles in rushing against the Colts with 20 carries and 79 yards with a touchdown.He also posted four catches for 23 yards.
The receiving threats for Foles on Monday night were not wide receivers but running backs and tight ends instead. Jeremy Maclin led all wide receivers with four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Matthews registered just one catch for 17 yards. Riley Cooper has been virtually invisible this season recording just one catch for eight yards against the Colts and just four catches for 29 yards against the Jaguars.
Zach Ertz was huge for the Eagles against the Colts. He caught four passes for 86 yards and none bigger than his catch inside of two minutes in the fourth quarter to get the Eagles into field goal range. Ertz has developed into a downfield threat as he has six receptions that have gone for 20 or more yards this season.
A lot of eyes were on the offensive line last week to see how they would respond without Evan Mathis and Allen Barbre. Andrew Gardner held up nicely at right tackle and while Dennis Kelly held down the left guard spot. Left tackle Jason Peters bounced back after a shaky Week 1 to play phenomenal in Week 2 against Indianapolis.
Center Jason Kelce has been the unsung hero of the offensive line. Many of the holes opened up for the running backs over the first two weeks, both in the run game and screen game, are thanks to Kelce.
The Eagles defensive line has continued to be a factor for the Eagles. Bennie Logan recorded seven total tackles (six solo) against the Colts leading all Eagles except DeMeco Ryans and Cary Williams. Cedric Thornton recorded five total tackles as well. Fletcher Cox might be the most disruptive force on the entire defensive side of the ball as he recorded four tackles and was in the backfield all night.
Mychal Kendricks has been an absolute play-maker for the Eagles this season and has really solidified the defense. He suffered a strained calf in the fourth quarter of Monday night's game and has been ruled out for the game against Washington. Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews have split reps during the week. The inside linebackers will rely heavily on Ryans' play.
The Eagles picked off their first pass of the season on Monday thanks to Malcolm Jenkins' huge play late in the fourth quarter. Jenkins also recorded two passes defended as did cornerback Bradley Fletcher. Williams didn't defend any passes but he registered eight total tackles including one for a loss.
Cody Parkey showed resiliency after missing a field goal on Monday. He bounced back to hit the game-winner from 36 yards as time expired. Punter Donnie Jones averaged 53.8 yards on his four punts of the night.
Passing Yards: 249.5 yards (10th)
Rushing Yards: 161.0 yards (3rd)
Opponent Passing Yards: 165.5 yards (3rd)
Opponent Rushing Yards: 70.0 yards (4th)
Starting quarterback Robert Griffin III dislocated his ankle early in Sunday's win and will not be available for a considerable amount of time. Kirk Cousins stepped in to go 22-for-33 (66.7%) for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Cousins, by comparison to Griffin, is a pocket-passer.
Alfred Morris is the man in the backfield for the Redskins. He rushed 22 times for 85 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. On the season he has rushed 176 yards on just 36 carries averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
Former-Penn State Nittany Lion and USC Trojan Silas Redd carried eight times for 41 yards and a touchdown on Sunday as well.
Sunday marks the return DeSean Jackson to Lincoln Financial Field. Jackson injured his shoulder on Sunday as is officially listed as questionable against the Eagles. Chances are good Jackson will do whatever he can to get on the field against his former team.
Pierre Garcon had been a favorite target of Griffin's but is not pulling in the kind of yards that he had previously. He is averaging just 8.1 yards per reception. Receiver Andre Roberts has been averaging 15.8 yards per reception playing primarily out of the slot.
Tight end Jordan Reed has been ruled out for Sunday's game. Reed's absence just means more balls for Niles Paul, Washington's leading receiver. Paul caught eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. For the year he has 12 catches for 185 yards.
The Redskins offer a decent offensive line that is anchored by left tackle Trent Williams, who is one of the top players in the league at his position. Pressure at the quarterback is likely going to be targeted at right tackle Tyler Polumbus or whoever starts at center if Kory Lichtensteiger can't go with his groin injury.
The Redskins, like the Eagles, only employ three down linemen - Chris Baker, Jarvis Jenkins and Jason Hatcher. Hatcher previously played for the Cowboys and cause problems for the Eagles when combined with a strong pass rush on the outside. Hatcher can get into the backfield and has 2.5 sacks already this season.
The Redskins have a strong pass rush on the outside. They sacked Jacksonville's Chad Henne 10 times on Sunday with four of them coming from outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan will be taking on Gardner at the right tackle position. Washington can fire them at you from both sides as they feature three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo on the other side. Perry Riley and Keenan Robinson are the two inside linebackers.
Washington features DeAngelo Hall and David Amerson at cornerback. Hall is second on the team with 11 total tackles but has not registered a pass defended yet this season. Amerson has two passes defended to go along with nine solo tackles.
Former-Steeler Ryan Clark and former-Patriot hard-hitter Brandon Meriweather are the Redskins safeties. Clark has 0.5 sacks and a pass defended while Meriweather has a forced fumble and two interceptions on the year.
Kicker Kai Forbath is 2-for-2 on his field goal attempts this season with a long of 42 yards but he has had an extra-point attempt blocked and is listed as questionable dealing with a groin injury. Tress Way is handling the punting duties for Washington averaging 49.4 yards per punt on his nine attempts this season.