The 2019 regular season kicks off as the Redskins travel up to Lincoln Financial Field and take on the rival Philadelphia Eagles. The 2019 roster is younger and deeper at certain spots, but mostly unproven. The game plan for this season is no different from last season: let the defense dominate and offensively with ball control and a strong running game. That plan was working last season until the injuries caught up to the Redskins. As the 2019 season kicks off, the schedule makers gave the Redskins no favors.. Here are three things to look for tomorrow if the Redskins want to pull the upset.
Defense Must Dominate
This an understatement, however the Eagles have won the last four match ups against the Redskins with a versatile offensive attack. Quarterback Carson Wentz has had some career highlights and has a 3-2 record against the Redskins. The improved defense has to step up and force consistent pressure on Wentz and force errand throws. Desean Jackson is back and is a deep threat but Zack Ertz will require the most attention. If the Redskins have four or more sacks they will have a chance to win the game.
Win the Turnover Battle
This is an obvious goal of every team but the Redskins especially. The defense should be able to force turnovers but this is more for the offense. The offense under Alex Smith last season did not turn the ball over very much, and they were able to keep games close and win. Case Keenum has a reputation as more of a gunslinger, needs to check his aggressiveness a tad. If the Redskins win the turnover battle, the Redskins can win the game.
Can the Offensive Line Hold Up?
The success of the Redskins season really comes down to the offensive line health and play. Each of the past two seasons have started to derail when the offensive line got beat up. Two seasons ago the Redskins were pulling people off the street to play, while last season Brandon Scherff and Trent Williams missed numerous games in the second half of the year. This season Williams hasn’t reported to the team, maligned tackle Ereck Williams has converted to guard, and they signed Donald Penn to play left tackle. Bill Callahan is regarded one of the best offensive line coaches in the business. For the Redskins to win tomorrow, the line must control Fletcher Cox and company.
Prediction: Eagles 24, Redskins 20