The potential return of Robert Griffin III, can lift the Washington Redskins closer to the playoffs. NFL.com's Dan Hanzus reports that Griffin is "probable" to return to face the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday.
As well as backup Kirk Cousins performed against the Cleveland Browns in Week 15, Griffin is the dominant force for the Redskins.
Having to contain him is the last thing the Eagles need, as they attempt to rescue some pride from a disastrous season. Andy Reid is likely coaching his final two games in Philadelphia, with the Eagles at 4-10.
While Reid may want to finish on a high, Griffin and the Redskins have a greater incentive. A win would put them 9-6 and near playoff qualification.
Crucially, it would give the Redskins a 4-1 mark in the NFC East. That could prove vital in a congested division race.
As they've done all season, Griffin and the offense will again have to carry Washington. They could enjoy huge success against an Eagles defense ranked 26th in points allowed.
In particular, Griffin's running threat and that of rookie rusher Alfred Morris, will be the Redskins best weapon. The Eagles are 20th against the run.
Everything the Redskins do offensively is set up by the league's top-ranked ground attack. Washington's play-action passing game is perhaps the best in the NFL. It has been a consistent source of decisive plays this season.
The Eagles have some talented bodies in the defensive backfield, including Nnamdi Asomugha. However, confusion usually reigns in Philadelphia's coverage schemes.
If they can establish the run, the Redskins can expose the Eagles secondary via play action. Expect wide receivers Pierre Garcon, Joshua Morgan and Aldrick Robinson, to get free for some big gains.
The Eagles best hope of containing Griffin and his offense, will be attacking the right side of Washington's offensive line. The Redskins have a huge problem at right tackle.
This season's starter, Tyler Polumbus, is injured. The Washington Post reported that his replacement, Jordan Black, has been suspended for PED use.
The Eagles still boast a dangerous pass rush and will be able to attack running plays from the backside. The Redskins run most of their zone-stretch plays to the left.
With rookie Nick Foles struggling at quarterback, the Eagles don't have the scoring potential to match Washington. For the Redskins, they will only win on the strength of their offense.
If the Eagles can't contain Griffin and company, the Redskins will move closer to their first postseason appearance since 2007.794747