The Eagles’ defense has prepared for the Redskins’ running game by looking back.
The unit’s early-season struggles against the run hit bottom against Washington in Week 4, when the Birds allowed 169 rushing yards and 4.8 yards per carry – both season highs – and couldn’t stop the Redskins late in the game as they chewed up the clock.
The Eagles have reviewed that game tape, with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott pointing out group and individual mistakes, several players said.
“Coach had it on, and coach is saying: ‘This is not how you want to do it,’ ” said defensive end Brandon Graham.
McDermott’s message during the review: “We don’t want to look like this no more.”