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Redskins Eagles 2nd quarter

Redskins Eagles 2nd quarter

A big third and five coming up here for the Redskins. A few months ago, I would say it's two-down territory as they're at the Philly 35, but now you don't know.

14:50—No decision to be made as the bubble screen to Moss gets blown up. As of now, they're sending Suisham out to try a 55-yard field goal with the wind. I smell a quick kick from Plackemeier.

14:05—No, they play it straight and Suisham is well short. The Eagles return the kick to two yards past where the ball was spotted for the attempt so no great harm on that. Still, a quick kick or straight punt seems to be the better call there with a kicker who is losing confidence almost every time he lines up.

9:54—It's not that Portis doesn't get beat up enough, but I wonder why he's not the target of a few more passes per game. He just needs a blocker or two out in front on him and he's good for six or eight yards. Just file with a number of other things I don't understand about Jim Zorn's offense.

3:28—Skins get on the board first with a decent drive. They got a gift to keep it alive when Philly lined up in the neutral zone on third and five and then earned a third-down conversion with a nice swing pass to Betts. It bogged down in the Red Zone, though, and they had to settle for three after a 16-play, 72-yard drive that ate up 8:31.

FG Suisham 33
Redskins 3, Eagles 0

Portis missed a lot of that drive with a bruised hand. They have announced that his return is probable.

2:41—LJ Smith now has dropped two passes with a lot of green grass ahead of him. When things are going the way they are for the Redskins, you take it any way you can get it.

2:16—The Eagles get a first down with the ball short of the 30 after a touchback. No way. Zorn has to use a challenge and there is no way that he should. Philly "made" the first on the measurement but if the nose of the ball isn't to the 30, it's not a first down. We'll see what happens when the ref comes out from under the hood.

2:16—Zorn wins the challenge. They moved the ball back a bit, but is simply was not a first down to begin with. The Eagles will punt.

1:48—Portis back in and rips off a 14-yard run into Philly territory. We're also seeing some urgency here in the two-minute offense.

:26—Jason Fabini executes the famed "look out!" block on Darren Howard and Campbell gets sacked to stall the drive.

This is not shaping up to be the easy Philly win that many anticipated. They Skins have benefitted from a few breaks, to be sure, but the defense is playing well and the offense is moving well enough to give the D a rest. I don't have the play by play, but I don't remember a single Washington three and out.

End of first half
Redskins 3, Eagles 0

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Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Redskins running backs over-under

The Redskins’ running backs depth chart looks quite different from how it did a year ago. Rob Kelley, who was “ninth-string” back last year per Jay Gruden, is the starter. Samaje Perine enters the mix with expectations that exceed those normally assigned to a fourth-round pick. Chris Thompson is the constant as the third-down back. What kind of numbers will they put up this year? Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay go over-under on some Redskins running back stats. 

Rob Kelley, 1,000 rushing yards

Tandler: If you project Kelley’s production in the nine games he started over 16 games it comes to about 1,050 yards. He had his ups and downs in those nine starts and he will have them this year. But he should have enough ups to be able to average the 62.5 yards per game needed to hit the thousand-yard mark. Over

Finlay: Unlike wide receivers, where 25 guys broke the 1,000 yard mark in 2016, it's getting harder and harder for a running back to hit four-figures. In 2016, only 12 RBs ran for more than 1,000 yards, and only eight got over 1,100 yards. As the NFL becomes more and more of a passing league, less backs are getting the carries sufficient for a 1,000 yard season. The Redskins haven't had a 1,000 yard rusher since Alfred Morris in 2014. While I think Kelley gets the bulk of the yardage, I think it caps out about 900 yards and Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine creep into the total. Under

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Kelley, 10 rushing touchdowns

Tandler: He scored six as the starter last year and doing the math that comes to 11 over 16 games. But last year there wasn’t a player like Perine, who could come into the game and vulture some touchdowns after Kelley did the work to get the ball in goal to go position. Under

Finlay: Sorry to keep going back to stats, but last year only seven running backs got to 10 TDs or more. Only seven! Hard to see Kelley getting there on a team that didn't run all that much, or all that well either, in 2016. Under

Samaje Perine, 500 rushing yards

Tandler: It tough to set a line for a guy who hasn’t played. I’ll go off Matt Jones’ 2015 rookie season when he gained 490 yards while sharing time with Alfred Morris. If Perine averages four yards per carry, which is not hard to do, he’ll need about eight carries per game to get to 500. It’s close but if Kelley is effective, as I believe he will be, Perine might not get enough carries to have a chance. Under

Finlay: Tandler's Matt Jones comp pretty much works for Perine, but Jones had explosive speed that Perine doesn't have. A better comp for me was Derrick Henry last year as a rookie with the Titans. DeMarco Murray was established as the top dog, and Henry worked for a productive 490 yards. Under

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Chris Thompson, 60 pass receptions

Tandler: His role is beyond just third down. If the Redskins are behind in the fourth quarter, Thompson is usually in there to try to help spark a rally. Along with TE Jordan Reed and WR Jamison Crowder, Thompson will benefit from Kirk Cousins’ familiarity with him. Over

Finlay: Thompson should be a strong contributor in 2017, but 60 catches is a lot for a running back. Only David Johnson (80) and Le'Veon Bell (75) went over that number in 2016, while James White had exactly 60 catches. Thompson grabbed 49 balls in 2016, an impressive total. I could actually see Thompson getting a bigger percentage increase in carries, he had 68 rushes last season with a very solid 5.2 YPC, than catches. Under

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