Redskins-Eagles keys to the game: Special teams
The special teams will be a vital part of this game. If the special teams are able to help dictate field position, it will help both the offense and the defense.
On kickoffs and punts, if the coverage teams are able to stop the Eagles deep in their territory, it will go a long way in the battle for field position. The more real estate that Michael Vick has to cover, the better chance the defense has to hold up its end of the bargain. If Vick is going to beat you, make him do it with 80-yard drives. If the Eagles stall and have to punt, it will give the Redskins better starting field position.
The same holds true for kickoffs. If the coverage team can keep them behind the 20-yard line, again the Eagles' offense will have to drive a long way to have a chance to score points.
In the return games, if Devin Thomas can keep returning the ball beyond the 20-yard line he will be giving the offense a better starting point, and even if the Redskins don't score, hopefully they will have moved far enough down field to punt and keep the Eagles deep in their own territory.
The Redskins have been ineffective thus far on punt returns, but if they can get it going it could have the biggest impact on this week's game. With that being said, I expect a different return man if Phillip Buchanon doesn't get some good returns.
Stay consistent with field goals and don't have any breakdowns in blocking, I hope that field goals are the difference in this game Sunday.
Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | September 30, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse