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Skins Brace for a Blitzapalooza

The Redskins have faced some talented defenses this season, but have yet to see a unit as aggressive as the Eagles'. Few people blitz as often as Philly defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, and few are as creative and effective with it as well. And few are an unpredictable.

Now, the Skins have certainly seen their fair share of this defense over the years and it's not like it's going to be much of a surprise when the Eagles go Cover-0 and bring the house, or blitz eight guys in a fire zone. Still, knowing when it's coming, reading and adjusting your protection accordingly, and then making a play under duress is easier said than done. I expect it to be a big day for screens to Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley, and Jason Campbell has displayed great poise and instinct shifting his protections, sensing the pressure and getting the ball away quickly and accurately.

Sunday will certainly be a test. Campbell is watching a ton of film and is always a study junkie with his nose in the playbook all week, but he knows that against the Eagles, you have to brace for the unusual.

"It's always unexpected with them," Campbell said. "There's not really any tendencies to when they blitz, which down or distance. Most teams you can kind of prepare for it at certain times, but not with them. It's just whenever [Johnson] feels like dialing it up."

As Jim Zorn put it: "It's both aggressive and creative," noting that Johnson's propensity for bringing corners and safeties on the attack is unlike anything the Skins have seen this season.

Philly has some guys who can cover the deep ball, in safety Brian Dawkins and corner Asante Samuel. And their goal is to use heavy pressure to give the QB insufficient time to test them downfield anyway. The Eagles lead the NFL in sacks per pass play, and have 17 sacks total through four games. Ten Philly defenders have at least one sack, and they got Pittsburgh eight times a few weeks back. (The Steelers' offensive line has been awfully porous and the Skins have done a nice job protecting Campbell thus far.)

The match-up of Juqua Parker on Jon Jansen could be huge. Trent Cole is a serious pass rushing threat off the edge, and Darren Howard is a handful playing inside in the nickel package.

If the Redskins can keep JC upright, I really like their chances. Seeing how the Skins' offense has been clicking, and knowing that the Eagles' offense has been stagnant in recent weeks, I really expect Johnson to be extra aggressive. I would imagine he would target Jansen at right tackle; even though Jansen performed very well in pass protection against Dallas. I would expect to see some overloads and stunts against that side of the field given Jansen's struggles in recent years.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 2, 2008; 10:30 AM ET
 
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HUGE test for Soup and Zorn... love it... love being this excited about this game!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 2, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Alex, how is Sean Considine someone that can be exposed? I think of him as a middle-class Reed Doughty.

Considine isnt really there main starter at SS they have a rookie Quintin McKell he has seen a lot more time. Hes a rookie but hes very good he ranks in the top 20 in tackles in the league so far. Dawkins has def lost a step in coverage but he still plays smart and can get where he need to be through anticipation, def still a run stop threat. But your right about Concidine hes a scrub.

Posted this last thread, he is not a rookie he is in his 6th year

Posted by: Stu27 | October 2, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Way to be beat a blitz is quick passes, screens and a heavy dose of running plays, even if they don't work early.

Also I like our newfound misdirection running plays...more of that....

I still say Eagles Defense is overrated. But maybe that is just residue from watching cowboys v eagles a few weeks back....

Posted by: chrislarry | October 2, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Stu, Mikell is a beast, i was just about to call you out on that.

JLC did not use my stats from 3 threads back. His rating is 103.7 or something against the blitz and has only been sacked twice.

If we can key on their blitz or at least shift protection enough, we should be able to dink and dunk our way downfield and make them loosen up.

The real challenge will be in the red zone. Cooley must have a big game.

Posted by: Zeebs | October 2, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

btw...have you guys ever noticed that chris samuels always does bad when he gets help...i say leave samuels all by himself...he can handle it

Posted by: dealer1 | October 2, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

CL,

I was thinking the same thing that WCO SHOULD do better against a blitz heavy team no?

Then I started thinking that maybe you get blitzed more because the other team isn't worried about the deep threat.

Then I remembered my football IQ and decided I'd sit this one out.

Posted by: Gweez | October 2, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

cl;

Orton had his best game as a pro against Philly....maybe him, maybe them...

Posted by: Zeebs | October 2, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Here are those stats - so in 41 drop back we were blitzed....

____________________________________________

Scrolled through the comments from last night RE: the eagles blitzing us.... please o please I hope they do.

Split
G|Cmp|Att|Pct|Yds|Yds/Att|TD|Int|1st|Sck|Rtg
Blitz
4|29|41|70.7|338|8.2|1|0|18|2|103.5

The WCO takes away the blitz. The gmen got pressure with four and dropped the rest. A) They didnt give JC time and B) that had max coverage protection. So the little swing passes and screens that attack the blitzers didnt work.

So philly, please blitz... everyone!

Posted by: Zeebs | October 2, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Zeebs | October 2, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

To whom actually care,

This being my first post I appreciate any feedback, but anyways to the point. I have been reading this blog for months now, I know that is not very long but I am a college student in Alabama, and this is the most Redskin talk I can find. While watching this blog , almost stalker like, I have observed peoples tendencies, and I also found who the people are that actually know what they are talking about. And as I have noticed the site has slowed down the past week it IS because of the redskin's success. All of the naysayers have gone to b**** about other things, that is why I chose to break my silence now, because the readers of these posts appreciate what others have to say now. I feel like an "insider" as some have said in the past even though this is my first post. I hope I can bring some insightful opinions to this blog, and continue to read some great posts. Moral of this (pointless) story, I would just like to thank everyone for their opinions and just say Hi and of course Hail!

Posted by: theFreshinAU | October 2, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

yaah...asante scares me.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 2, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

ohh and belated Eid Mubarak JM220 and all the other muslim brothers and sisters out there!!

Posted by: dealer1 | October 2, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Any Hawaii Skins fans. I was on vacation a few years back and watched a Redskins game during breakfast.

rough.

Posted by: Dorf | October 2, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse


A few threads late, but this made me giggle! I lived out in Hawaii for 4 years (Army)and would wake up at 6am to get down to one of the local bars with satelitte to watch skins games.

Superbowls were actually better though, as they were HUGE afternoon BBQ parties.

Posted by: fbchick | October 2, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

With so much pressure coming from any direction, it will be a learning experience for JC just like Dallas. I liked the Coaching Staffs' and JC's adjustments after two early sacks by the 'girls. They never sacked him again. JC will get drilled a few times no doubt but if they can remain focused and react like they did against the 'girls, I like our chances to go 4-1.

Posted by: splitbill | October 2, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Please keep pumping up the other teams like you have the last three weeks and watch us go out and win JLC. I love it.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 2, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Welcome, theFreshinAU.

This is the game where I like Portis/Betts being pounded into oblivion. Run them hard, run them early, run them often, and don't stop running them. We can't afford to drop JC back 30+ times this game with Jansen starting and Jim Johnson all but assured to bring the heat. We've been successful against Philly when Portis has been the one carrying the load. I wouldn't mind a 40 rush total for this game, with Portis getting around 25 carries and Betts getting 15.

Posted by: psps23 | October 2, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

ohh and belated Eid Mubarak JM220 and all the other muslim brothers and sisters out there!!

Posted by: dealer1 | October 2, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Thank you sir.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 2, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Im not too worried about the blitz, JC just needs to not hold onto the ball waiting for a man to get open. He has done a good job of not getting sacked this year and alot of that goes to his movment in the pocket and also big credit to the oline. Buges has them playing pretty well this year, Im thinking with jansen getting benched put a little spark in him to do better.

Posted by: SAK2 | October 2, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Honestly asante dosent scare me, Sheldon Brown scares me more. Think about it Samuals has made a living on one move, jumping routes. Has anyone not seen the way Moss is working the double move, if Asante is on him and he pulls his jumps routs BS Moss is going to make that guy look like the dumbest pos on the planet. Brown stays home a lot better I see him as the better corner of the two from a technique standpoint.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 2, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to the game this weekend and i'm very nervous as to whether we will game plan correctly for this team. I think we need to run right at them and not give up if we get stuffed early. they have too much speed for screens, reverses and the like. We have to play power football and hit Moss & ARE deep off of play action. the past few times in Philly Moss has been opened deep and JC missed him but they never had Asante before either...

Posted by: Hail2theChief | October 2, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I know they probably won't do it - but how about some 2 HB sets where CP get's to LAY some CBs & Safetys OUT!!!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 2, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

welcome, theFreshinAU! keep posting! New blood always welcome.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 2, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

psp, agreed, and agreed.

I think they can be run on. Give them a heavy dose of Betts/Portis/Sellers, and they'll wilt by the 4th....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 2, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree more psps23

Posted by: Hail2theChief | October 2, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

one things for sure. We must execute in the red zone much better than last week. I want shi-zam kicking extra points not FG.

Posted by: Hail2theChief | October 2, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Welcome theFreshinAU,

I agree to a certain extent PSP. As long as it's working. Our running game tends to get better as our passes open up the O.

I think we are going to see the ARE end around pass that has been getting setup over the past couple games. With fake end arounds on run plays.

Posted by: Gweez | October 2, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Stu, good observation. I see a lot of TE action this weekend, exploit the weak LB's.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 2, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Zeebs, like the stats, and that shows what the WCO does. quick throws like extended hand offs to your play makers. The blitz does not worry me that much, i think we will see a a lot of screens and delayed hand offs to slow down the blitz schemes.

Posted by: theFreshinAU | October 2, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

What about special teams? How do the iggles match up against us on these units?

Posted by: splitbill | October 2, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

skinz, honestly! get out of my head!!! that's scary. i was just about to type..."would love/need to see are throw a td in this game"...

and i don't think skins will be able to run on this team...not in the first three quarters anyway...look at what they did to run happy steelers with a (ahem) better RB (willie parker played in that game right?)

Posted by: dealer1 | October 2, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Fresh, Glad to have you! I too was once a college student in Alabama and I remember how hard it was to find people who care about the Redskins. You're right about the drop in posts lately but now the comments that are made are more focused on the skins.

Posted by: will_ga | October 2, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Also, especially if Jansen is starting again (which seems like it will be the case), you know this line will vote for da doo run run... imposing their will on the D, hitting them hard from the start, getting them on their heels, grinding them down...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 2, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I hear ARE predicted he would get in the end zone 2 like the fact that he did what he wanted.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 2, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

dealer, WP was hurt in that game...we def have the RB advantage, even with Willie Parker.....why are you down on CP?

Posted by: chrislarry | October 2, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Specail teams they are all about De Jackson, as weve all seen this could be a good thing or a bad thing, mostly a bad thing. We have done great in the return defense sp far we effectively shut down Feliz Jones who most would say has been the best returner in the league so far. There coverage unit and ours our pretty similar, good all around rarely give up a TD.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 2, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Agh! Starting to get nervous about this game! My high from Sunday is finally wearing off. Just hope we can win and fight to win and let the Eagles find a way to lose.

I am also rooting for the Rams - we don't need to see them, at home, desperately looking for their first win.

Posted by: suzannepdc | October 2, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Like the FreshinAU, I have been reading this blog since the summer and am glad that a lot of haters are gone.

So, we gameplan as if Westbrook is playing. However, should he not play, how will our defense need to adjust to contain Buckhalter? I haven't seen a whole lot of him and am wondering how his game compares to that of Westbrook.

Posted by: braker19cleartheline | October 2, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Hail, I dunno - I think we executed pretty good in the red. Remember, the zebras took away one TD on a bad holding call...

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 2, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@will_ga
yes I have noticed how focused everyone seems to be on redskin football that is why I have enjoyed reading these recent posts much much more than even a month ago.

The steelers o line is decimated i think our O line will do a much better job at keeping JC (can we now call him JCool?) up and getting a good push for CP even if it comes late in the game.

Posted by: theFreshinAU | October 2, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

i'm not down on CP. i just think he's a tad bit slower than he used to be. no one else has reed doughtys playing on their D to make him look fast to me.

and really good to hear WP was hurt...that definitely gives me hope we can run. okay so they didn't look good against the girls...but man...i just can't get over JJ and his blitzes. i'm looking for a hope...maybe like last week it'll just come to me...

and i'm not saying skins can't beat the iggles. in fact i think the skins are the better team. i'm saying the skins can't beat the iggles in philly this week.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 2, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

So, we gameplan as if Westbrook is playing. However, should he not play, how will our defense need to adjust to contain Buckhalter? I haven't seen a whole lot of him and am wondering how his game compares to that of Westbrook.

Posted by: braker19cleartheline | October 2, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Hes no where near the threat westbrook is. He doesnt catch like him nor does he run with the change of direction westbrook can do. Not much of a power runner either hes just not very good.

Posted by: SAK2 | October 2, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

This may be a wakeup call for Jason Campbell. Let's see how he does under extreme Philly pressure. Will he be able to make his hot reads, or will he get happy feet and begin making mistakes again?

...fingers crossed.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | October 2, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

and i don't think skins will be able to run on this team...not in the first three quarters anyway...look at what they did to run happy steelers with a (ahem) better RB (willie parker played in that game right?)

Posted by: dealer1

First of all, Willie Parker is nowhere near a better RB than Portis. In fact, all he is is a poor man's Portis (small guy who's used as a workhorse in a power back system). Hid YPC has been similar to Portis', only he can't get into the endzone nearly as effectively, nor can he catch or pass-protect like Portis.

Second of all, Pittsburgh call 15 runs in comparison to 36 passes. This cannot happen against Philly, even if the running game isn't "working". It allowed Philly to tee off on the Pitt o-line, resulting in 9 sacks -- and an injured Ben Roethlisberger. The same thing can happen to our o-line if we take a similar approach, make no mistake about it.

Posted by: psps23 | October 2, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

The Iggles punt team kept Hester to an average of less than one foot per return with a net of 44.2 per punt. That's impressive against anyone let alone Chicago and Devin Hester!

Posted by: will_ga | October 2, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I am also rooting for the Rams - we don't need to see them, at home, desperately looking for their first win.

me too!

Posted by: dealer1 | October 2, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

i'm not down on CP. i just think he's a tad bit slower than he used to be.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 2, 2008 11:29 AM

I agree that CP seems to have lost a step. But I don't think it's much of a big deal. We have been fine gaining chunks of yards instead of hitting home runs with him. Personally, I love it when CP plays like he did versus dallas: one word - BRUISING

Posted by: braker19cleartheline | October 2, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Third straight win, this one over the Cowboys +
Registration/login required to post comments
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Any big concerns, aside from a couple of injuries
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Much more congenial conversation up here

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 2, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

CL,

Agree Willie is a good back but I think Portis is better.

Willie got hurt that is why they had to go to the pass and that is how they got beat.

They will stop alot of running plays for no gain, but if you keep pounding it the will get tired in the by the 4th.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Parker wasn't hurt in the Philly game. I think he was injured towards the end of it. He ended up with 13 carries.

Posted by: psps23 | October 2, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Mos def gameplan for Wesbrook if hes a no go then its not like were going to be scrambling to figure out what to do. As far as comparison Buckhalter doesnt compare, he is a much more straight forward runner(as is everyone comapered to the person being discussed). Hes been in the league a while now but has never really been a feature back I dont think he has more then 600 in a season. You have to play him like a regular running back, however the iglets do play him in a similar fashion as westbrook but to less of an extreme they will run screens and off set him a bit. More then willing to take him if BW is a no go.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 2, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

As far as running vs. the Iggles and comparing it to Pitt - who did they have opening the holes? Is he as much of a BEAST as Sellers?

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 2, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I am also rooting for the Rams - we don't need to see them, at home, desperately looking for their first win.

Posted by: suzannepdc | October 2, 2008 11:26 AM

Suzanne- I guarantee you the Rams won't win this weekend. 100% stone cold lock. Of course, they won't lose either...

Posted by: 4-12 | October 2, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 2, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I think we have to run run run, mis-direction to slow them down. Then hit them with a bomb when their not looking for it. I guess we've done that the last two weeks.

Posted by: isonic1 | October 2, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Yeh, ITA not needed anymore. Hail WaPo! Anyone seen cHris lArry, tho?

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 2, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 2, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Dealer, I love CP, I love that his attitude, his anger when we don't play well, his blocking etc. But I agree that he aint who he used to be.

I still don't mind have JJ in there. I think he's angry he got booted and that Dallas game was the first time I saw us run effectively to the right side. Being able to go to either side definately helps against a blitzing team like Philly. That way they can't always Run Blitz the left side.

Posted by: Gweez | October 2, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Parker wasn't hurt in the Philly game. I think he was injured towards the end of it. He ended up with 13 carries.

Posted by: psps23 | October 2, 2008 11:34 AM

Psps,

Then I agree that only calling 15 run plays was dumb, you can not drop back 30 some times against that defense with that offensive line.

This is what Romo was able to do against Philly, but Dallas offensive line is really good and Romo is nimble.

T. Romo 21/30 312 10.4 3 1

They did not sack him once.

Chicago had succes throwing it as well:

K. Orton 18/34 199 5.9 3 2

They sacked him 4 times.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

beep beep NEWS!

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 2, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it is that Portis has lost a step. I think over the years he has adjusted his style of running. He has become more physical and heads toward contact rather than shying from it. He also gets more carries than he did in Denver. By the time Portis has a chance to break one its usually his fifth stright running play. Sometimes you are so tired you don't ahev alot to give.

Posted by: Pleepleus | October 2, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Pitt does not have the OL that we do. In fact they have one of the worse lines in the NFL, letting to many good players go lately. That is why it is hard to use them to compare the Skins against the iggles.

The Skins will be able to run and the draw play will open deep passes. The blitz can be defended on by moving the pocket, so I see that happen as well.

I was more concerned with dallas than philly and believe that the Skins are a confident team and "level" thanks to Zorn and Blache. They will keep the players from getting overconfident and will put together a great game plan.

Skins win 27-17 scoring over 20 points once again!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 2, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Anybody who's afraid of the Rams hasn't been paying attention... they just fired their coach and are in utter disarray, and they're going to come into our building next Sunday... yeah, yeah, any given Sunday, trap game, and etc., but I'm about 1000x more concerned about the Eagles right now than I will be about the Rams this time next week.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 2, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I did what now Dik?

Posted by: Zeebs | October 2, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I am sorry I just don't agree with you guys about CP. Maybe he is not a home run hitter, but he has been huge this year, has a great nose for endzone, reads his blocks well, and gets yards in huge chink in the second half? I mean can anyone find one fault i his game this year?

Even in the 31 yarder last week, you might ask why didnt he break it....but two safeties were deep on that play so they were in position to make the tackle. It wasn't like he had a chance to out run them. Also he is so good at running in traffic, that he is often in traffic....so when he busting 5, 6, 10 yeard runs its with defenders all around him. Most backs go down there, but he can churn it out even with little space...

I wouldn't trade CP for another back in the league right now. Am I a homer, sure, but the dude ballz.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 2, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

There is a great article about Lavar and why the city has so much love for him. Lavar really seems like a great guy its a shame things didnt end better here for him. But hey check it out its a great read.

http://www.playersvoice.com/nfl/for-the-love-of-lavar.html

Posted by: skins954 | October 2, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

http://www.playersvoice.com/nfl/for-the-love-of-lavar.html

There is a great article about Lavar and why the city has so much love for him. Lavar really seems like a great guy its a shame things didnt end better here for him. But hey check it out its a great read. There is even a interview on the site.

Posted by: skins954 | October 2, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

(Sorry, didn't mean to pick on you, Suzanne, just that the Rams don't even register on my "things to be concerned about" list this week.)

* beep beep * new post

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 2, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Chicago had succes throwing it as well:

K. Orton 18/34 199 5.9 3 2

They sacked him 4 times.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Definitely wouldn't call Chicago successful throwing the ball there. True, Orton had 3 TDs, but he also had 4 sacks, 2 INTs, and 2 Fumbles that were lost.

And against Dallas, Philly inexplicably sat back and decided not to blitz. If they opt for that, then I'm all for JC picking them apart. I'm betting against them choosing that strategy though.

Posted by: psps23 | October 2, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I keep thinking back to the Cowgirls vs. Iggles game. That gives me hope that we can score,score,score on this D. Quick passing and the DRAW play, which we have used to perfection many times this year, will work against them. Their LBs are athletic and fast, but they are also young. I think they can be fooled by various looks and plays, so look for Z-man to dig deep into his playbook.

As far as comparing Westbrook and Buckhalter, there is none. Westbrook is, arguably, the best RB from scrimmage in the game (definitely fantasy wise). Buckhalter is a poor man's Ladell Betts.

Posted by: ColumbiaRd_SportsGuru | October 2, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

If anything, this game should give us a good barometer as to how far along JC is with his command of the offense and protection scheme's. I think that he will have a harder day than he did during the Dallas game. I'll be interested to see how he does. I am optimistic that he is progressing quickly. But he has to prove it in games.

How will the offense perform vs the vaunted Jim Johnson defense? TBD but FWIW, the Seahawks have won the last two meetings vs Philly, both in Philly, scoring 28 and 42 points.

Posted by: dave64 | October 2, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Hey Now!!!

I also welcome theFreshinAU. I would also like to say that I am a newbie here as well, although I have been reading the blog for a very long time, as I read the post every single day. With that said, I say hello to everyone. If Campbell continues to play with poise and the line keeps blocking well, then we will pass on the Eagles D. I strongly believe we need to establish the run early, and wear them out in the second half with (what is becoming a staple) lots of long, time-consuming drives. It was fabulous to see how gassed and tired the dallas D was last weekend. If we can burn the eagles D early when they blitz, hopefully we can keep them on their heels in the second half. I like our chances defensively, although McNabb is always scary to play against. Obviously it helps if westbrook is not in the game, but I imagine he will play even though high ankle sprains take weeks to heal from, sometimes longer. Our secondary has to keep playing at the high level they have been, and we gotta keep 'em cold early on. We need to have that crown pissed off and booing by halftime. This is a must win that will put us in control of our destiny at this point in the season. I really like our chances. I think it will be a tough game as always, but we can win this.

Posted by: marleyb313 | October 2, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

*crowd

Posted by: marleyb313 | October 2, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

A big, hearty welcome to all the newer folks posting comments up here!

This conversation has always been best when there are new voices constantly joining the mix. And it speaks well of the community that it keeps rolling, and keeps growing... and etc.

Hail to the blog, hail to the Redskins!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 2, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I heard/readread that Westbrook practiced but was limited. If that is the case, I would bet on him playing this week.

From the iggles blog: The Eagles got tight end L.J. Smith back from a back injury as they began preparing Wednesday to play the Redskins this weekend. Running back Brian Westbrook made it through the morning walkthrough; it was unclear the extent to which he intended to participate in practice. It didn't sound as if he would do much, but Westbrook said: "I'm close. Getting closer daily."

P.M. UPDATE: Westbrook was listed as a limited practice participant. "It went well, it went well," Westbrook said afterward. "It went as well as could be expected."

Quarterback Donovan McNabb indicated he is thinking he will have Westbrook this weekend, until Westbrook really practices at full speed, no one knows that for sure.

Posted by: dave64 | October 2, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

All I was saying several posts ago was that we kicked 4 field goals last week and despite bad calls or good calls by the refs we need/must put TD's up on the board and not settle for FG's this week. this team can turn things around quickly like PITT did versus Balt last monday night with a scoop and score. I think strong run game and great playaction (which Soup has greatly improved on) will be key. Just like last year on Monday night in Philly before the half. Stupid penalties backed us up and i stood and called the corner route to Cooley - let's just say my life was threatened!

Posted by: Hail2theChief | October 2, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I look for James Trash to have a big day and possibly Devin Thomas. If he can avoid the pass interference calls, his size should help on the quick routes as Campbell will be able to throw it over the blitzing defender.

Posted by: akmzrazor | October 2, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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