By Peter Brennan

If you’re looking to track which match-ups to watch in today’s Eagles-Redskins opener at the Linc, try these on for size:

Redskins offensive line vs. Eagles defensive line:

The Skins chances will rest on left tackle Donald Penn and left guard Ereck Flowers and that’s a scary thought.

With Trent Williams still absent, the Redskins have turned to a pair of veterans on the left side of their line and they will have to stop an excellent Birds front, which features one of the game’s top lineman in Fletcher Cox, a four-time Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro in 2018.

The complex route constructions which head coach Jay Gruden’s offense is known for can get the Redskins into trouble if it means quarterback Case Keenum has to hold the ball for a long time.

And if Cox, who tallied 10.5 sacks last season, is able to feast on Keenum that will likely kill much of the success of the Skins running game with second-year back Derrius Guice.

Josh Norman vs. DeSean Jackson

They were teammates with the Redskins for just a single season and now the two will likely lineup opposite each other a few times today. And while Norman can win the battle four times out of five, if the fifth time goes for a big play, the Eagles WR will have won the day.

“We know that he gets up to play his former teams,” John Auville said. “I would not be shocked to see them try the deep shot early in the game.”

The Redskins’ chances of winning rely on the defense keeping the Eagles below 20 points and they have little margin for error when it comes to the speedy Jackson.

Redskins pass rush vs. Carson Wentz

When under pressure in 2018, Wentz was 19th in the NFL in completion percentage.

Can the Redskins get to him with Jon Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis?

Can rookie first-round draft pick Montez Sweat show off his speed and disrupt the passing game?


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