What We Saw

Posted: October 04, 2010

Each week, Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch provides five keys that fans should keep their eyes on. Here is how things panned out during yesterday's game:

1. Good times on third down:

Coming into the game, the Redskins had been inept on third down. The offense was last in the league in third-down efficiency, converting just six of 33 (18.2 percent) opportunities. Yesterday, they converted five of 11 (45 percent). The Eagles - who came in having coverted 44.1 percent - were successful on just five of 14 third-down opportunities (36 percent.)

2. Another week, another 3-4 defense:

The Eagles' offensive line, which had its share of problems with the Packers' 3-4 in Week 1, went up against another one yesterday. Against the Redskins, the o-line allowed just one sack, but incurred four holding penalties. Running back LeSean McCoy had 64 yards on 16 carries and caught a career-high 12 receptions for 110 yards. But, wide receivers DeSean Jackson (three) and Jeremy Maclin only had four catches between them.

3. The chess match between McNabb and McDermott:

Donovan McNabb is short on good receivers, but long on knowledge of the Eagles' defense. Overall, McNabb's numbers weren't great: 8-for-19 for 125 yards with one touchdown and one interception. But he picked apart Sean McDermott's defense a couple of times in the first half, including a 31-yard touchdown strike to Chris Cooley and a 57-yard pass to Anthony Armstrong. In the second half, McNabb was only 2-for-7 for 10 yards.

4. Red zone no longer a dead zone:

The Eagles, who finished 23rd in the league in red-zone productivity last season, came into the game first in that category. They had converted seven of eight trips inside the 20 into touchdowns. Yesterday, they were 1-for-2 inside the 20, coverting on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Kolb to Brent Celek in the fourth quarter.

5. Not feeling generous:

Coming into the game, the Eagles had turned the ball over just once. The good news is that Mike Vick stil hasn't thrown an interception. The bad news is he suffered a chest injury in the first quarter and didn't return. Yesterday, the Eagles fumbled four times, losing one, and Kevin Kolb threw an interception on the last play of the game.

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