What we saw

Posted: September 18, 2007

Each week in the Eagles Playbook, Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch provides five keys that fans should be keeping their eyes on. Here is how they panned out in last night's game:

1. Early line on McNabb. Donovan McNabb continued to start slowly. In the first halves of his last eight starts prior to last night's game he had completed just 49.6 percent of his passes, averaged 6.9 yards per attempt and thrown just two touchdowns. In the first half of last night's game, he was 10-for-18 (55.5 percent) and averaged 3.9 yards per pass with no touchdowns.

2. Redskins' running attack. The Redskins like to run the ball to keep the pressure off quarterback Jason Campbell. That becomes even more important against a blitz-happy defense like the Eagles. Generally, they like to run 35 to 40 times a game. Last night, the 'Skins - led by Clinton Portis' 69 yards on 17 carries - ran the ball 33 times for 130 yards and one touchdown.

3. The Eagles' wideouts. The thought was that the Redskins, with two fast, athletic safeties, would match up well on the outside with Brian Westbrook so the Eagles' wide receivers would have to step up. As it turned out, Westbrook caught eight passes for 66 yards. Even so, the wideouts were nothing special. Jason Avant caught five passes for 55 yards, Kevin Curtis caught four balls for 28 yards, Reggie Brown hauled in two for 27, and Hank Baskett grabbed two for 16.

4. The pressure on Campbell. The Eagles were hoping to shut down the Redskins' ground game and put lots of pressure on inexperienced quarterback Jason Campbell. They did manage to sack him once and picked him off once, too. However, Campbell was able to complete a 16-yard TD pass in the second quarter and the Eagles were not able to stop the running game.

5. No Moss, no Moss. The Eagles held wide receiver Santana Moss to five catches for 51 yards in two meetings last year. But, with Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard hurt, Moss was able to catch six passes for 89 yards for a 14.8 average last night.

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