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Redskins will need to contain Eagles’ Jackson

Sep 4, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT


If there is one player the Redskins’ defense has to worry about on Monday night it’s Eagles’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Since he came into the league in 2008, Jackson has been a thorn in the Redskins’ side. He has four touchdowns from scrimmage that covered more than 50 yards. Two of them were on passes from Michael Vick, one on a Donovan McNabb. The other one came on a 67-yard run on an end around.

Jackson also returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown against the Redskins as a rookie in 2008.

Last year the Redskins bottled him up pretty well in the first meeting between the teams with Jackson catching two passes for a grand total of five yards. But quarterback Nick Foles was making his NFL debut in that game so that certainly was a factor. Jackson was on injured reserve for the rematch in December.

The Redskins’ secondary may not be much better on Monday night than it was last year when the Redskins had the 30th-ranked pass defense in the NFL. Rookie Bacarri Rambo is starting at free safety for the Redskins and it will be a challenge for him to be the last line of defense against Jackson.

The pass rush could help. Last year the Redskins racked up nine sacks against Philly (out of their season total of 32) and they didn’t have Brian Orakpo for either game. Then again, the Eagles had Foles, not the more mobile Vick, at QB, they didn’t have left tackle Jason Peters in the lineup at all last year and they added right tackle Lane Johnson with the fourth pick in the draft. Both the rushers and the blockers should be better.

Given that the Redskins should be able to put up some points against a suspect Philly defense, one long touchdown to Jackson probably won’t damage them that much. But if Vick and Jackson connect on multiple long passes the Redskins could be in trouble.

  1. polofourme - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Bothe teams will face the same problems on D…both Os have QBs who like to run..both team have good RBs…both fast and hard runners. PHIL and WAS both have similar WRs…IMO the big difference is at TE..WAS has the better of PHIL in that capacity. So I expect to see a heavy dose of Morris over 30 carries and a lot of short to intermediate throws over the middle in the flat to Davis. I do see this game being a lot closer than many in here…IMO it could be settled by a FG from Forbath but is sure as heck is NOT going to be a blow out. Archives

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