Defenses will shine on Monday night

Defenses and quarterbacks will be big keys for the Redskins and Eagles in their "Monday Night Football" matchup.

Originally Published: September 14, 2007
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
The Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles on "Monday Night Football" (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET), and Scouts Inc. has three keys to victory for each team.

1. Pass protection and blitz pickup
Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is going to blitz young Jason Campbell from every direction with a multitude of exotic looks. Add in that the Redskins lost right tackle Jon Jansen for the year (fractured ankle) and it makes them more vulnerable off the edge. Stephon Heyor or maybe Todd Wade will replace Jansen, but neither is as good. The Eagles will unleash left defensive end Jevon Kearse and even outside linebacker Chris Gocong, which could force the Redskins to keep their pass-catching tight end, Chris Cooley, in to block. That not only affects the passing game but it also forces RBs Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts to be more involved in blitz pickup instead of being outlet receivers.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.