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Redskins Eagles 1st quarter

Redskins Eagles 1st quarter

The wind is blowing in FedEx pretty hard. It's unusual to see the streamers on the goal posts moving, but they are pretty steady from right to left as you look on TV. If you're in the end zone where my brother is sitting, it's right in your face.

13:52—The Redskins come out with a quick passing game, over the middle to Cooley on first and a swing pass to Betts on third and four. It's already better than their opening drives the last couple of weeks.

12:25—This coming straight from Capt. Obvious—the Redskins have to stay out of third and long. Philly brought about seven on third and eight and Campbell never had a chance. Fortunately, Rabach recovered the fumble. Now we'll see how the Washington defense can handle the red-hot McNabb and company.

9:29—I can't see the upper deck, but the lower bowl looks pretty full. There is a healthy representation of Philly fans here, but nothing like Pittsburgh.

8:41—The wind "advantage" just hurt the Eagles as it blew a McNabb pass to an open Jason Avant way long. After getting one first down, the Eagles punt and the Skins get another crack at it on offense. McNabb has a lot of time to throw, as usual for any QB vs. the Skins, and eventually the Skins will pay for that.

6:49—Once again, no imagination from a man who seemed to be destined to be famous for it. After the drive gets off to a good start with a 15-yard pass from Campbell to Thomas and a nine-yard Portis run, it stalls when Jim Zorn calls a sweep on third and one. It went nowhere. A little play action or even a quick slant there may have been more effective.

3:03—Wow, a sack by Jason Taylor for a 10-yard loss and then Randle El goes forward on a punt return. OK, the gain was only three but for those two events to occur back to back is amazing.

2:04—Man, when Campbell is decisive and knows where he wants to go, he puts in on a rope. He just zipped on into a crack in the defense to Moss for a first down. Portis just ran for another, and the Skins are on the move.

0:41—Now a catch by Fred Davis. Will wonders never cease.

End of first quarter
Redskins 0, Eagles 0

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One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

The Eagles defense is on a big-play streak, but not one that defensive coordinators will like very much, and it could be very good news for the Redskins and DeSean Jackson. 

At this stage of his career, Jackson is a well-known deep threat. While much of the 2016 season has been disappointing for Jackson, in back-to-back weeks, the vertical passing attack has worked. In Arizona last Sunday, Jackson only caught one pass, but it went for 59 yards. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Jackson hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins as part of his season-high 118 receiving yards.

"What he brings to this football team, he brings something that not a lot of people can bring, and that’s obviously the speed and the big play ability," 'Skins head coach Jay Gruden said of Jackson.

The last two games moved Jackson's yards-per-catch average back in normal range with the rest of his career at 16.5. Halfway through this season, Jackson was averaging below 14 YPC, which would have been by far the worst of his career.

"A lot of people think that we haven’t utilized his speed quite like we should, but I think he has had a major impact on this football team," Gruden said. "His deep threat has an impact on the defense. It opens up areas for Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder and the backs sometimes. He’s been a major influence for this football team in a good way."

Beyond just the big plays, the Eagles defense has given up 645 passing yards in their last two games. Cousins has historically played well in Philadelphia, and should be in good position to do the same this weekend.

And based on the Eagles' past six games, expect Jackson to have another big game at Lincoln Financial Field. 

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