1. Gang Tackling- The Eagles have quick offensive players that possess excellent acceleration and agility. The tackling has to be razor sharp and a team effort. Anybody who touches the ball needs to get knocked out. We need to see defenders FLYING to the ball carrier at ALL TIMES. We need to see at least 3 or 4 guys helping to bring down these quick little rascals.
2. Hits on Micheal Vick- I want Vick to get hit early and often. Even if they don't sack him, just get some good licks on him. Get in his head a lil bit. I don't want to see Vick hurt, but i want him to feel major discomfort. They have to drill this cat. As is the case with any QB, if you hit them, especially while they throw the ball, their accuracy fails. I hope Haslett throws some exotic looks at him. Vick is talented but when it comes to reading defenses, the jury is still out on that.
3. Time of Possession- Crucial. Do i want to the Skins to light up the scoreboard and score like 30 or more points?Yeah! But we just don't have the weapons in the passing game to do that. The Skins can't get sucked into that type of contest. Establish the run and play keep way from the Dream team. The Skins have been brilliant in this area and i am certain they lead the NFL in this category. The Eagles run defense is awful, so it is the only logical thing to do.
4. Penalties- This is huge. The Eagles are more talented than the Redskins. So the Skins CANNOT beat themselves. The Skins have been one of the more fundamentally sound teams in football. They rank among the least penalized teams. That is why the Skins are 3-1. They play SMART football. You saw what happened to the Eagles yesterday? Parker jumps and cost his team five yards.That's game my dears! The Bills were not going to snap that ball. Have you seen the Skins do any thing like that? Hell no and that's the way it needs to continue.
This game scares me. But the Skins should win if they play their game. The Eagles will be desperate and gunning with fury. Skins need to get the job done because at the end of the day, it is inexcusable for a 3-1 DIVISION LEADER to lose a game AT HOME to a team with 1 win. Simply put.