Eagles-Redskins tonight

September 30, 1991|By Vito Stellino

Site: RFK Stadium. Time: 9

TV: Channels 13, 7. Radio: WCAO (600 AM), WMAL (630 AM)

Line: Redskins by 6 1/2

Last week: The Eagles beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-14, and the Redskins beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-27.

The series: The Redskins have a 64-42-5 record in this series that dates back to 1934 when the Redskins were in Boston. The Eagles have lost 8 of the past 11 in the series although they've been tough on Redskins quarterbacks, knocking out Jay Schroeder in 1987 and Jeff Rutledge and Stan Humphries last year when RB Brian Mitchell had to finish the game at quarterback.

On the sidelines: Joe Gibbs, in his 11th year, is 117-55 with the Redskins. Rich Kotite is 3-1 in his first season as Eagles coach. Gibbs is 15-6 against the Eagles.

What the Redskins have to do to win: Block the Eagles front 4. Even though the Eagles pass coverages are more sophisticated under Bud Carson than they were under Buddy Ryan, the Redskins should be able to burn the Eagles deep if Mark Rypien gets time to throw. The Redskins are leading the NFC in scoring with 146 points.

What the Eagles have to do to win: Get their running game going. Jim McMahon has played well at quarterback, but they're averaging 2.5 yards a rush now that they don't have the threat of Randall Cunningham to scramble. Their leading rusher, Thomas

Sanders, has 105 yards,while Earnest Byner leads the Redskins with 368. If the Eagles can't run, Richie Petitbon's clever defensive schemes should be able to shut down the Eagles passing games. The Redskins scored shutouts in their first 2 home games.

Injury report: Eagles: TE Mickey Shuler (back) is out; S Wes Hopkins (hamstring), RB Thomas Sanders (ankle), G Ron Solt (ankle) are questionable. Redskins: DE Markus Koch (knee) is doubtful; WR Gary Clark (hamstring) is probable.

Outlook: If any team can stop the Redskins from scoring more than 30 points -- which they've done for 4 straight games -- it's the Eagles defense and its coordinator, Bud Carson. This is the toughest defense the high-scoring Redskins offense has faced this season, and they're not likely to score more than 30 this time. This figures to be a tough game, but the Redskins should have a slight edge at home.

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