Philadelphia's take: the Eagles are better against the run
The view from Philadelphia shows that the Eagles team the Redskins will play tonight has significantly improved in at least one area since Nov. 4. Against the run, their defense has gone from ranking 27th in the league to 12th.
From Les Bowen's Philadelphia Daily News column:
The strange thing about the success the Redskins had running against the Eagles was that Washington doesn't have a tremendous running attack, ranking 23rd going into the weekend. Clinton Portis tore his groin against the Eagles, hasn't played since, and isn't expected to play tonight. Ryan Torain, whose 70 yards on 18 carries against the Birds were his first extensive action of the season, gained just 10 yards on nine carries in the 'Skins' most recent game, a 37-25 loss at Detroit on Halloween. Torain is expected to start tonight with a pulled hamstring.
That all raises the question of whether the run will be as big a deal tonight as it was last month. Remember, Washington got off to a 14-0 lead in that first game, which changed everything. (Marty Mornhinweg's take on the effectiveness of the Redskins' Cover 2 against his offense: "It worked well, 14 points up. We'll see" how it works this time.)
"We started slow," Moise Fokou said.
Defensive end Darryl Tapp said he expects the 'Skins to stay with the run.
"The game plan they had worked well against us; I would expect them to do that until we show them we can stop their [running game]," Tapp said.
The Eagles said Washington's success had a lot to do with the Birds' unfamiliarity with the way the Redskins approach the run under new coach Mike Shanahan.
"It's the way they try to set new edges," Fokou said. "Moving people around, motioning - let's say you have an edge on this side, well, they might bring a receiver in motion there to crack it. And they don't really attack you at the line, they kind of zone block, which doesn't allow you to get into your gap, pretty much."
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