Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Redskins vs. Eagles weather forecast: A very bright start to the season

Redskins vs. Eagles weather forecast: A very bright start to the season

"Obviously, we don't go out and break out a bunch of [former Bills QB] Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills offense".

What can we expect?

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins face off in an NFC East division showdown on Sunday afternoon to kick off their respective 2017 National Football League regular season schedules. WR Alshon Jeffrey had 52 catches for 821 yards last season with Bears before joining Philly.

How they start: After repeatedly stumbling out of the gate during the preseason, Jay Gruden and his assistant have stressed to players the importance of getting off to a fast start.

Jeffery has a 3-inch and 18-pound advantage on Norman.

"He is a big target, still runs well". Redskins running back Chris Thompson broke his back and tore the ACL in his left knee in college at Florida State and tore the labrum in his left shoulder as a rookie with Washington in 2013 but has since recovered to play in 29 of the past 32 games.

Lacking the talents of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon, the Redskins can still get a win, but they cannot play conservatively. Hey, they're no strangers to catching that ball. After missing nearly all of his rookie year with sore Achilles tendons, Docston was bothered by a sore hamstring during the preseason but was full go in practice this week, leading to questions why he was used so little in the opener.

Cousins especially likes to involve Reed early in games. He's tabbed for 23.9 receiving yards and 0.19 touchdowns on 1.7 receptions, as well as 4.3 FanDuel points at a price tag of $5,200.

In 2016, the Eagles' defense actually surrendered the fewest catches (44) and yards (414) to opposing tight ends. Another one came in the red zone much later. For the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, they get a chance to start the season out that way.

You did not read that wrong.

Both teams will be lining up differently than they did last season, with both teams overhauling their receiver groups.

The guess here is that the pattern changes in 2017 and Ertz opens up with a big game.

Wentz under-threw Torrey Smith on a deep ball for the first play of the game and was sacked on the second play of the game. Here are five story lines to follow in Sunday's game at FedEx Field.

Philly coughed up its own fumble on a freaky backwards pass in the first quarter but equalized it when Trey Burton dove on top of a muffed punt return by Washington's Jamison Crowder. WR Jamison Crowder set career highs with 67 receptions, 847 yards and seven TDs last season. And, quite frankly, the run defense could be even worse this season. Washington will go with a weak front three of Jonathan Allen, Ziggy Hood and Stacy McGee.

"Personally, I like road games", he said.

Cousins also welcomes some new weapons on the outside with Terrelle Pryor Sr. joining the team in free agency. Wins in the season's final two games provided hope for the future.

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