Key Match-Ups to Watch: Eagles vs. Redskins

Andy Reid vs. Donovan McNabb
This isn’t an on the field match-up, but it’s one that everyone has been talking about all week. Will there be an advantage for one or the other because of all the time they spent together? Who knows, but whoever ends up on the winning side come Sunday will look like the hero. It may be unnecessary hype, but people will be all over Reid if McNabb comes into his house and leaves with a victory.

Eagles Interior Offensive Line vs. Redskins Interior Defensive Line
This may very well be a match-up to keep an eye on every week. There’s no doubting that the Eagles interior line is the biggest weakness on the offensive side of the ball, probably the entire team. An injury to Kevin Kolb almost seemed inevitable with the status of the interior line. Although I’d prefer to see Vick stay in the pocket and throw the ball, there’s no doubting that he can escape when there’s trouble.

I already wrote about how Albert Haynesworth and company could be trouble for the Eagles, and I believe it’ll be a big issue if the interior line gets dominated all game.

Eagles Defense vs. Donovan McNabb
McNabb knows a lot about this defense, but come game time, it may not be an issue. Through the first three games, McNabb hasn’t played outstanding. He’s only thrown for two touchdowns and couldn’t lead his team past a weak Rams team last week.

However, McNabb is going to be amped for this game and may want to win more then anyone else out there. He doesn’t have anywhere close to the offensive weapons that the Eagles have, and that may have a big impact on his lack of success. Santana Moss and Chris Cooley are two guys that McNabb has found often, so the defense will need to keep a close eye on those guys.

Michael Vick vs. Redskins Defense
Vick has had a lot of success, and has the second highest quarterback rating in the NFL to show for it. He has played against some pretty lousy teams, so his success was expected. However, he is playing better then he has in his career and it may lead the Eagles to higher expectations then before the season started.

Vick is on top right now, and I don’t want to see him fall off from that. A big part of his success has been the fact that he hasn’t turned the football over. Turnovers can absolutely kill a team, so I hope his non-turnover trend continues.

Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb

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