The Washington Redskins travel to Philadelphia, Sunday at 1 pm, to face the Eagles. The Eagles lead the NFL in total offense and are off to a 2-0 start this season, with both being come from behind victories over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts. The Redskins are 1-1 on the season and boa,st the NFL’s number one defense.
Redskins quarterback, Kirk Cousins will make his first start of the season in Philadelphia. Last week Cousins stepped in for the injured Robert Griffin, III and led the Redskins to a 41-10 victory over the Jaguars.
Redskins’ head coach, Jay Gruden on the Cousins first start, “We were throwing a lot of looks at him today that he hasn’t really seen the last couple days,” said Gruden. “He has handled them pretty well and he is a very poised, composed individual. How that translates on game day, he has played one game for me and I was very impressed with his attention to detail and his poise on game day. So hopefully that translates to next week and the week after that.”
On the defensive side of the ball the Redskins welcome back suspended safety, Brandon Merriweather. Merriweather was suspended during the preseason for an illegal hit on Baltimore Ravens receiver, Torrey Smith and will replace Bacarri Rambo who was cut by the team earlier this week.
Defensive Coordinator, Jim Haslett was elated to have Merriweather back in the line up, “he can do a lot of different things,” said Haslett. “He can go out and cover like a corner, we want to keep him on the field and he can help us win some games.”
For the Eagles the goal is to get up early on the Redskins, something they have failed to do in the first two games of the season. In week one the Eagles fell behind 17-0 to the Jaguars before storming back with 34 second half points to win 34-17 at home. In week two the team fell behind to the Colts several times and did not take the lead until a last second field goal by Cody Parker sealed the victory 30-27.
Former Eagles’ receiver and current Redskin, DeSean Jackson did practice on Friday, Gruden said Jackson “did good today” but “will be limited.” Jackson is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Tight End, Jordan Reed will be out for the second week in a row. Meanwhile, tests on quarterback Robert Griffin, III revealed no bone damage to his ankle; however, Griffin could miss up to ten weeks with the injury.
Gruden: WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) “did good today.” Said he was “very limited,” but will get another look tomorrow; QUESTIONABLE for Sun.
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Last season the Eagles won both games against the Redskins, a 33-27 win on the road on September 9, and a 24-16 win at home on November 17.