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Sunday, October 5, 2008
Redskins in BIG trouble early

By Dan Graziano

Posted by's Matt Mosley

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- So far, Brian Westbrook's gimpy ankle looks fine.

He opened the game with a 17-yard gain on a middle screen, and then had four carries for 22 yards. Westbrook scored on a 9-yard touchdown run.

I kept a close eye on him when Redskins linebacker Rocky McInstosh tackled him around the ankles on the first play. He jumped to his feet and didn't show any signs of injury. It's a huge boost for this Eagles offense to have him on the field.

And rookie DeSean Jackson puts the Eagles up, 14-0, with a 68-yard punt return.

The Redskins look shell-shocked. Jim Zorn is trying to stay with the run on the team's second possession, which is a good idea. This team can't afford any more three-and-outs right now.

Jim Johnson is bringing pressure from all over the field. Juqua Parker's getting a lot of push at defensive end, but he's also bringing middle linebacker Stewart Bradley quite a bit early.

Bradley told the NFC Beast blog Friday that Johnson had installed 26 blitz packages for this game. He was reading directly from his playbook, but unlike Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, he decided not to post it on his blog.