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Redskins Week 7 Preview: Will Jordan Reed Have A Big Game?

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A Huge Division Game In Week 7

The Washington Redskins will have a huge game in Week 7 when they face the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. This will be a great matchup on Monday Night Football. These are two division rivals who are one and two in the NFC East standings. Washington hopes to improve their record while gaining ground on the Eagles. Philadelphia hopes to extend their lead in the division while sweeping the Redskins in the process. It will be a fantastic game. These are a few things to look forward to in Week 7.

Is Jordan Reed Set To Have A Big Game?

The Redskins have been an efficient offense so far this year. Washington ranks eighth in passing yards and sixth in total yards. They put these numbers up without the primary use of their star tight end, Jordan Reed. Thus far, Reed has not scored a touchdown. While that it is surprising to many fans at this point in the season, it is not really time to panic yet. The reason is that Jay Gruden is calling and designing plays to make sure that Kirk Cousins is spreading the ball to different receivers. As a result, the leading receiver for the team is running back Chris Thompson.

Even though Jordan Reed does not yet have a touchdown this season, he has not been entirely out of the system with 18 receptions this year. He still has yet to have a big game this year, and I think it may come against Philadelphia on Monday night. In the past, he has had some solid games against the Eagles including a nine reception two-touchdown game in 2015. One thing that I have noticed that could be a weakness in the Eagles defense is their man coverage on tight ends. The Chiefs exploited this with Travis Kelce lined up against Malcolm Jenkins. Kelce would finish with 103 yards on eight receptions for a touchdown.

Defense Has To Maintain With Injuries

Washington will have to find a way maintain on defense without Josh Norman and Jonathan Allen. Those are two key starters who have been a big part of the Redskins defensive game plan this season; especially in the first two games these teams played. Jonathan Allen was effective in collapsing the pocket. Washington was able to get pressure while still dropping back and playing effective coverage with Josh Norman.

Quinton Dunbar and Bashaud Breeland will be heavily relied on at this point. Breeland will be playing with a knee injury and could be an issue if he is targeted. The Eagles receivers have been playing well as of late and could pose more problems than they did in the first game. Another thing that Washington has to capitalize on this time around is bringing Carson Wentz to the ground. They had a total of nine hits on Wentz and were only able to bring him down twice. Overall, the Eagles are hot and playing solid football. The injuries to the Redskins defense will be too much of an issue to handle. The Eagles will continue to roll with a 27-20 victory in Week 7.