Each week, Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch will tell you the things he will be keeping his eyes on during that week's game. Here is how things panned out yesterday:
1. Red-zone success: An early-season problem had been rearing its ugly head again. The Eagles were just 2-for-7 in the red zone vs. Cleveland and 0-for-3 the week before vs. the Giants. Yesterday, there simply weren't many chances as the Eagles went 1-for-1 in red-zone efficiency and failed to score a touchdown.
2. Eagles' run defense: The Redskins rushed for 203 yards against the Eagles in their Week 5 win, but a lot has changed since then. Yesterday, the Eagles' defense did a good job against the run, holding Clinton Portis to 70 yards on 22 carries and allowing only 122 rushing yards on 32 carries overall, a 3.8 average.
3. Third-down 'D': The Redskins converted 11 of 19 third-down opportunities in the first Eagles game, which allowed them to gain a 10-minute time-of-possession advantage. But a lot has changed since then in this area as well. Yesterday, the Redskins were only 5-for-15 (33 percent) in third-down efficiency against Jim Johnson's unit.
4. The DeSean factor: It was hoped that DeSean Jackson, who had a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Redskins in the first game, would have another productive special-teams game against the league's 27th-ranked punt-coverage unit. But, although the Redkins punted eight times, Jackson only got to return one (for seven yards). He fair-caught two others and the remainder were either downed (two), booted out of bounds (one) or resulted in touchbacks (two). Jackson also wasn't much of a pass-catching factor, finishing with two receptions for 14 yards.
5. Taking away the rock: Going into yesterday, the Redskins had just six giveaways in their 6-2 start, none in their win over the Eagles. But, prior to yesterday, they'd turned it over 11 times during their 1-5 slide, including seven giveaways in their last three games. Yesterday, the Redksins recovered their only fumble and threw no interceptions, a critical factor since they only won by a touchdown.