The Washington Redskins will conclude the season on Sunday in Philadelphia against their division opponents. The Eagles are hoping to finish up the season .500, while the Redskins attempt to finish with the same record from last season.
The last time these teams met Grossman had one of his worst games ever with four interceptions and no touchdowns, sparking the temporary switch to Beck. The Eagles are without Asante Samuel this week. Additionally, Kurt Coleman, the safety who picked off Grossman three times the last time the teams played each other, has been placed on injured reserve.
This is especially good for Grossman, who will have his last opportunity to make his case to stay in Washington as the quarterback next year. He has stated that his confidence is “at an all-time high,” despite a poor performance on offense last week and the continued absence of Davis and Williams.
Helu is questionable, although the recent release of Ryan Torain is a good sign of his recovery. Last week Royster was impressive, running for 132 yards.
A major factor in this game will be whether or not LeSean McCoy plays. The Redskins have struggled with their rushing defense, and allowed McCoy to run for 128 yards in their last meeting.
The pass defense, on the other hand, has somewhat excelled this year. They have shown improvement in pressuring the quarterback, something that has helped them force turnovers this year. Once again, they need to do a better job of capitalizing on opportunities for turnovers by holding onto the ball, and need to make a concerted effort to play a clean game.
The Redskins seem to be in the process of rebuilding (hopefully that’s what they’re doing) both the offense and defense. This game is incredibly important for the players. The older players, such as Moss and Fletcher, need to prove they can stay competitive on a team that has been making a shift towards youth. And the rookies (and younger players) need to prove they have the potential to stay on and grow with the team. Penalties have plagued the Redskins throughout the season and certain players will have to prove that they are not a liability.
The entire offense, as well as Kyle Shanahan, should look to redeem themselves on third-down conversions after converting only 3 of 10 last week.