The Eagles are coming off of a disappointing 16 – 13 defeat to the Green Bay Packers, but with redemption on their mind the Eagles look to take out their frustration on the Washington Redskins Monday night.
In my latest “Eagle Eye Five”, the following players must rebound from their performance against the Packers, continue their aggressive play, or show their worth against the Redskins to get the Eagles in the win column.
With that said, here are the five Eagles I’ll be watching this weekend:
1. Reggie Brown: This is a big game for Reggie Brown. After a frustrating performance against the Green Bay Packers, a game where he got his first and only catch in the fourth quarter, Brown has to show better route running and break off the line of scrimmage against Washington on Monday night. Brown appeared frustrated dealing with a very good Packers secondary and ultimately wasn’t a factor in the game. It doesn’t get any easier this week for Brown against the Redskins. He’ll likely see a lot of Fred Smoot and Carlos Rogers, and both defenders are very good in coverage. What the Eagles have to do offensively is get Brown involved early and keep the Washington secondary aware of his presence.
2. Mike Patterson: Coming off of an outstanding game against the Packers (10 total tackles and a sack), I’d like to see consistency out of Patterson as the season moves forward. Monday night’s game against the Redskins should be a game where Patterson can continue his high level of play. The Redskins suffered a major blow to their offensive line, as Jon Jansen suffered a broken ankle and was placed on injured reserve. With Washington shuffling their offensive line, look for Patterson to continue to show the high motor he displayed against the Packers.
3. William James: Anytime you lose a Pro Bowl defensive back, it usually means bad news for your pass defense. But when you have a solid backup, it makes things a little easier. William James isn’t Lito Sheppard, but James is a quality cornerback that could start on many teams in the NFL. The Redskins have talented receivers that possess a lot of speed and skill, and James will have to bring his “A” game to keep them in check. Last week against the Dolphins, Antwaan Randle El had a career game hauling in five receptions for 162 yards receiving. James will most likely draw Brandon Lloyd or Randle El on Monday night.
4. Reno Mahe: The Eagles special teams were a disaster last week against the Packers. Greg Lewis and J.R. Reed (who was released this past week) both muffed two punts that resulted into 10 points for Green Bay and ultimately cost the Eagles the game. Enter Reno Mahe. Mahe returns to the Eagles just in time for Monday night’s showdown with the Eagles NFC East rival. Mahe will see the majority of the work as the team’s punt returner against the Redskins and will be counted on to make good decisions and to catch the ball. It’ll be interesting to see how Mahe reacts to the situation he’s in, especially after not playing a single down in the NFL since last year’s playoffs.
5. Shawn Andrews: The offensive line didn’t have a great game last week, and I want to see more out of Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews. Andrews didn’t do much to impress me, neither did the rest of the offensive line against the Packers, but I want to see Andrews manhandle the opposition the way he did towards the end of last season. Andrews is a tough, physical player who usually has his way in the trenches. However, he’s been hampered by an ankle injury during the preseason, and you have to wonder if that injury plagued him in Green Bay. Andrews should have his way against a weak Redskins defensive line and help give Donovan McNabb more time to go through his reads.
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber is the Editor in Chief of WarNest.com and an NFL Analyst for Scout.com. Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. If you have any questions for Chris, email him at email@example.com.