By Peter Gleason
Let’s get into a time machine, projected four months into the future.
It’s Sept. 13, and the pandemic isn’t passed but handled better than it’s being handled now.
That wouldn’t be hard.
And in Washington, where all the decisions about our future are being made, there is:
EAGLES VS. REDSKINS
Eagles record vs. Redskins at FedExField: 14-9
Key additions: Head Coach Ron Rivera, RB Peyton Barber, CB Ronald Darby, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, DE Chase Young
Key departures: TE Vernon Davis, CB Quinton Dunbar, QB Case Keenum, CB Josh Norman, TE Jordan Reed, RB Chris Thompson, T Trent Williams
Key stat: 16.6
The Redskins scored a league-worst 16.6 points per game in 2019. They went on a stretch of eight consecutive games where they scored fewer than 20 points. During that stretch, they scored fewer than 10 points five times over the course of six weeks.
Against the Eagles, however, they scored 27 points in both meetings.
Player to watch: WR Terry McLaurin
McLaurin’s nickname is “Scary Terry” and the Eagles found out firsthand why he strikes so much fear into opposing defenses. In two games against the Eagles last season, McLaurin caught 10 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. His longest reception in each game went for 69 and 75 yards. McLaurin posted three 100-yard games during his rookie season – two were against the Eagles.
Team preview: 3-13 in 2019, fourth in NFC East
Things have been rough for the Redskins for a long time, but a new regime is in town. Gone is former President Bruce Allen and in is Rivera and his staff, who are looking to restore the luster of a once proud franchise.
As with any team that has struggled over an extended period of time, there are a lot of areas to fix. With that said, there are some building blocks in place. It starts at quarterback, where the Redskins hope Dwayne Haskins takes a step forward in his progression after showing some promise during his rookie season.