The Redskins offensive line is going to have a tough time winning their battles against a top-tier Eagles defensive line this Sunday.
Sure, Brandon Scherff is one of the best right guards in the business and Chase Roullier has proven to be an outstanding center in the NFL, but they are not enough to cover the obvious gaping holes in the Redskins offensive line.
For instance, the fact that the Redskins elected to start Erek Flowers at left guard is completely laughable.
To say Flowers is a bad offensive lineman is an understatement. The guy is flat out horrible.
Flowers is one of the worst blockers in the league. On average, Flowers has managed to allow 53 pressures, 38 hurries and 5 sacks to the quarterback each season. He constantly let Eli Manning be put under pressure during his time in New York, causing Giants fans to go as far as to edit his Wikipedia page to express their displeasure:
Despite his obvious deficiencies, it must be puzzling for Redskins fans to comprehend the reason for Jay Gruden naming him a Week 1 starter, yet alone wasting a roster spot on him.
Despite rookie backup Wes Martin containing far more potential and athleticism than Flowers, it appears that Gruden is not yet comfortable with starting Martin over Flowers.
In addition to the hole at left guard, the Redskins have a hole at left tackle.
With 7-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams refusing to end his holdout for the season opener, the Redskins have delegated 36-year-old Donald Penn as the starting left tackle.
Penn might have been a Pro Bowler himself, but he is nowhere near the eliteness of Williams.
Penn’s legs aren’t as strong as they used to be, especially considering his severe leg injury that he sustained last year. He also looked sluggish and out of shape at times in preseason play.
The only reason that Penn is a starter is because of his NFL experience. Besides, it’s not like the Redskins have any other options at left tackle.
Despite backup Geron Christian’s athleticism, he has struggled to be a consistent blocker. Attempting to convert Tony Bergstrom or rookie Pierre Pierschbacher to a tackle would be difficult, especially before this Sunday. Bergstrom hasn’t played as a tackle since college and Pierschbacher has never played at that position.
The aging Penn and inept Flowers will have to find ways to win their matchups against Malik Jackson, Fletcher Cox, and Derek Barnett.
The Eagles could simply focus their attack on the left side of the line, easily overpower Penn and Flowers, and apply tons of pressure to Case Keenum.
The Redskins will have a hard time moving the ball, swinging the momentum in the Eagles favor. By the time the Redskins make any necessary changes, it will already be too late.
If the Eagles do win in blowout fashion on Sunday, look to a weak Redskins offensive line as a big factor.