- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 2, 2018

Since claiming Reuben Foster off waivers, Washington has faced heavy criticism for signing a player off the heels of a domestic violence arrest. Team executive Doug Williams made matters worse with what many considered insensitive comments regarding the situation.

Given the off-the-field controversy, will Washington be ready for the Eagles? Here are the reasons this game could be trouble.

Monday night woes

The Redskins have already played once on Monday Night Football this year — and they suffered their worst loss of the season: a 43-19 blowout to the New Orleans Saints. In fact, since 2008, Washington is just 2-14 in its last 16 games on Monday night. The Redskins are 1-7 in those games under coach Jay Gruden.

The Ertz factor

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has always been a problem for the Redskins because of his athleticism and size (6-foot-5, 250 pounds). Last season, in particular, he helped swing both games for Philadelphia — combining for 13 catches for 182 yards. The Redskins, however, have been better against tight ends this season, ranking as the 10th best defense against the position, according to Football Outsiders. Ertz could change that.

November blues

The Redskins went 1-3 last month. And in that stretch, the team’s running game and defense took a step back. Washington has also committed an uncharacteristic five turnovers in the last two games.

Wentz is back

Sometimes players aren’t the same after tearing their ACL. But Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who suffered the injury last season, has played well in 2018. In nine games, Wentz has 2,540 passing yards for 16 touchdowns to six interceptions. He’s running with the ball far less often — 2.8 attempts per game from 4.9 in 2017 — but cornerback Josh Norman says Wentz looks largely the same. “He’s been threading that ball, he really is,” Norman said. “He’s got one of the strongest arms in the league.”

Bad mojo?

John Lennon once sang “instant karma’s gonna get you.” Well, you can blame it on karma, or on the sports gods, or on somebody walking under a ladder. Take your pick. It just seems that, after the furious local and national backlash against the Foster signing, the Redskins are courting disaster of some sort or another. That is, if you believe in that karma sort of thing. We don’t, of course, but Redskins fans better keep their lucky socks on, just in case.

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