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Need to Know: Five Redskins who need big games vs. the Eagles

Dec 24, 2015, 5:13 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 24, two days before the Washington Redskins travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.

Five Redskins who need to step up to beat the Eagles

QB Kirk Cousins—He’s on a roll, with pass ratings of over 100 in five of his last six games including two of over 150. Now is not the time for him to have an off game. As noted here yesterday, the Eagles defense has been worked over lately so it is logical to think that Cousins will thrive. Since there is no reason to think that the running game will suddenly kick into gear Cousins will have to be the one to move the ball.

WR DeSean Jackson—It may not be absolutely necessary for him to go off with six catches for a buck-fifty and a couple of TDs. Cousins has other options as weapons. But it sure would make it a whole lot of fun, wouldn’t it?

LT Trent Williams—If the Eagles are going to get a pass rush it is likely to come from DE Fletcher Cox, who leads the team with 7.5 sacks, or OLB Brandon Graham, who has 6.5. They both line up on the right side of the defense, which means that Williams will be blocking one or the other of them on most passing plays. He’s been solid as a rock all year and he needs to keep it up.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—Sam Bradford isn’t very consistent but like many quarterbacks if he has time to throw he can do some damage. He has some weapons like Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz. The best way to make sure he can’t do damage is to have him on the ground and Kerrigan, who has been playing well lately, can be the one to put him there.

P Tress Way—How did the Eagles manage to win in Foxborough? With three return touchdowns, two of them on special teams. They blocked a punt and ran it in and Darren Sproles returned a punt for a TD. Way needs to boot the ball quickly put them high and deep but not so deep as to outkick the coverage and let Darren Sproles take one back to the house.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05; Jay Gruden and Joe Barry news conferences and player availability after practice, approx. 1:30

Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 2; Redskins @Cowboys 10; start of NFL playoffs 16

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  1. bk70 - Dec 24, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    I think its time to add the entire coaching staff to the list of “who need to step up”. It’s been a good year, but continued improvement under pressure needs to happen on Saturday. Head coach and play callers, offensively and defensively need to be on top of their game. HTTR

  2. Mr.moneylover - Dec 24, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    I know the redskins herd what the eagles been saying that’s just gonna just should bring the best out of us…I don’t know maybe rich can help me out on this but was told they posted the quotes on the board and they huddled up before practice started…the people who always come out on top are the people who respond in silence and show up ready to play…I’m glad redskins didn’t respond because eagles put a lot of pressure on they shoulders that they must win the game redskins don’t got no pressure they just focus on winning this game they play will do all the talking Saturday…I hope they don’t shoot they self in the foot like in the Dallas game if they keep up with the agressive play calling we will win this game

    • colorofmyskinz - Dec 24, 2015 at 7:38 AM

      As they say, drive for show – putt for dough. All talk and no walk. They better be ready for a top 3 QB (Captain Kirk) in the league that has strong leadership based on the fundamentals of humility and will – a true Level 5 leader – Jim Collins, “Good to Great”.

      Skins will not fall into the trap of being a loud mouth show off under the leadership of Kirk. Eagles better be ready for a team peaking right now!

      • rtcwon - Dec 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM

        The saying you’re looking for is:

        There are two types of people in the world, those that talk about it and those that be about it.

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 24, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Since the Iggles have two guys on the right side who’ve getting to the passer, I guess we should add Spencer Long to the list.
    ~

  4. colorofmyskinz - Dec 24, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Watch Kirk’ Mic’d Up from last week and tell me if you think this team wants to succeed because of his humble ways. They would fall on swords for him and run through brick walls for him. We have a true leader in Kirk!

    Story book season and it just begins in Philly!

    • kenlinkins - Dec 24, 2015 at 11:10 AM

      Kirk Cousins has always been the tortoise in the race, while at Michigan State he was beat out by Nick Foles as the back up in 2007 and then played behind Brian Hoyer in 2008 (two guys who are in the NFL now), but it was Kirk Cousins who got Michigan State back into the top levels of the Big 10. He was drafted by a team that spend a kings ransom to pick a QB before him and watched as RG3 turned the NFL up side down in 2012 before falling from grace. Now Cousins has “HIS” team back to 500% with a good shot to win the NFC East. From watching this video I would say the he is coming out of his shell. Also, I took special note that I didn’t hear any of the words that are all too common on a football field in todays NFL. I liked what I saw and heard, maybe, just maybe the Redskins have found their QB for the next few years, one who can keep them in the play offs every year. IMO they can build a nice team around this kid who is always slow out of the box but steady in the long run. Time will tell but I have hope now.

      • ET - Dec 24, 2015 at 11:27 AM

        My favorite thing about the audio is the way Kirk gives credit to his teammates, often lavishly so. In a league filled with huge egos and big personalities, it’s pretty refreshing—and it seems sincere.

        • rtcwon - Dec 24, 2015 at 5:10 PM

          My favorite line: Dunbar to Kirk, “you ain’t no lucky” after Kirk telling Colt they were lucky on the blown up shovel pass.

          Yes, they were lucky Buffalo failed to tackle him but every player, not just in the huddle but on the D as well, knew that was a blown up shovel pass that Kirk somehow turned into a TD. Made me fall out my chair!

          Just last week, Dalton broke his finger making a tackle on the interception he just threw on the exact same play. (their’s was left, ours right but same play)

  5. troylok - Dec 24, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    I would add that Alfred Morris needs to step up. The Redskins can run on this Eagle team. The Eagles gave up 187 yards to a rookie running back last week. The week before the Bills tacked on over 150 yards. I’d argue that the Patriots might have won their game had they thrown less and run more because they got two scores off interceptions.

    Of course, they can throw the ball, too, but if they get that defense thinking run, it will open up the passing game. Plus, they say the best way to slow down a pass rush is to run the ball right at them, so load up Al and have him run behind big Trent.

  6. ET - Dec 24, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Who’s scheduled to start at center Saturday, LeRib or De La Puente?

    In some ways it doesn’t matter—either player must have a good day for the game to go well. The center is the glue that holds the offensive line together, much like bass glues a band together. It’s time the organization stops undervaluing this position. Never thought I’d say it, but it’ll be a relief to have Lichtensteiger back if we make the playoffs.

    • bk70 - Dec 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

      I agree with your statement “glue that hold the OL together”.
      I wonder how long it takes a NFL team to develop a better than average center. It must be 3+ years.
      I thought Teveita Stevens would be groomed for the future, now it may be Austin Reiter.

    • rtcwon - Dec 24, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      McRib has had too many miss-Mikes, like a bass player setting the wrong tempo for a song.

      Lichensteiger is not dominant, top 5 center but he is easily in the next tier, well above average.

  7. metalman5150 - Dec 24, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    That youtbe video of Kirk mic’d up for NFL films during the Buffalo game was awesome to watch!!!

  8. goback2rfk - Dec 24, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Seasons Greetings! Happy Holidayz!

    All I really want for Christmas is a playoff birth. Something I thought would be impossible at the start of the season. Rest up week 17 and get ready to host Seattle. That sounds like a plan to me. I believe Lichenseinger would be back by then also. Seems like a cool deal.

  9. colmac69 - Dec 24, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Merry Xmas when it arrives to my fellow redskin fans

  10. bangkokben - Dec 24, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    The Redskins have the potential to put 50 on this Eagles team. The Eagles have given up 35 points per game over the last five games, they are extremely susceptible to the deep ball and have been scorched on the ground. The Redskins need to strive for 50 and not let up until they get there. The defense needs to make those Eagle drives less than a minute by shutting them down on their first 3rd down and then maintaining that intensity. Winning and scoring 50 would give this team and fan base immense confidence and would likely eliminate Philly as a possible destination next year for Griffin in Kelly’s offense.

    Merry Christmas!

    • ET - Dec 24, 2015 at 5:40 PM

      52-31 Skins? That’d be a very merry outing indeed.

  11. rtcwon - Dec 24, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    I would like to see the best player on the D, Breeland step up and create a few turn overs. Make the competitive portion of the game over by halftime!

  12. kenlinkins - Dec 24, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    IMO this could be a fun game to watch as Chip Kelly’s ego just may get the better of him. On Offense I would look for the old Half Back option pass, the Double reverse, over the middle screens, Jump pass, WR double pass and the Hook and Latter play. I think he will pull out all the stops. On Defense, he might dare the Redskins to run the ball by placing only 5 in the box and double cover both Reed and Jackson, trying to force long drives with many 3rd downs (counting on Redskins to make mistakes like holding / false starts etc). If the Redskins can keep their assignments, play within the system and not make mistakes early, they have a great chance. IMO Chip Kelly believes it is all about the coach’s and their systems / game plans. This could be his down fall. God help the Redskin who falls for some of these tricks on Saturday night. Just be solid, play hard, do your job, rally to the ball and make Chip Kelly his own worst enemy! I look for both Garcon and Jones to have big nights as Chip Kelly will not allow D Jackson to beat him. Here is to win number 8 as Philly fans go home early after booing Kelly! HTTR!

  13. JOHNNY B - Dec 24, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    The one thing that I liked from the Kirk video was when McVey tells kirk that he is still learning. The team is young the coaches are learning the GM is experienced and the owner is staying out of it. They are growing, learning and winning together as a team. The Redskins will be the NFC East Champs this year and years to come with a couple of big rings on their finger. HTTR

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