“It’s a big game,” Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said. “I mean, just do the math. If you look at 3-3 and 6-1, and we’ve lost to them twice, that’s a big difference. 4-2 and 5-2, and we’re right there in the thick of things as far as the NFC East is concerned.”
To accomplish that task, Washington’s defense must do a better job containing Carson Wentz (above) in the pocket. He threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns, including a 58-yard pass to Nelson Agholor that has been one of the top highlights this season, during the first matchup. Wentz, listed at 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, displayed his mobility by spinning around in the pocket, eluding two Redskins’ defensive ends and throwing an accurate ball to a wide open Nelson Agholor for the touchdown.
“It’s just a reminder that you’ve got to get a guy like him down,” said outside linebacker Preston Smith, who missed an opportunity to wrap up Wentz on the play. “If you can’t get him down, he’s able to stay up and run, and he can make plays with his feet. He can still throw on the run, he can still complete passes for touchdowns or passes for big gains on the run.”