LANDOVER, MD –
The Eagles are coming off a major comeback win against the Giants to take on the Redskins. The Eagles need to keep winning to keep their division-title hopes alive, and they face a weak Redskins team this week. The Eagles should have plenty of momentum going into this game, but it will still take a complete team effort to emerge with a win. Can the Eagles go 2-0 against the Redskins this season? Here’s what to watch for tomorrow:
1 – Comeback Carson: Doug Pederson said that Eagles’ win over the Giants was “Carson Wentz‘s best performance of his career.” Without most of his top options, Wentz went for 325 passing yards and 2 touchdowns on 33 passes. Wentz performed well on a game-winning OT drive to seal the victory, and he showed great flashes of his excellence. This season hasn’t been easy for anyone on the roster, but if the Eagles want to make a playoff push, it has to start with Wentz.
2 – Big bad Boston: With running backs like Jay Ajayi, Miles Sanders, and Jordan Howard on the roster, the Eagles got their spark in the rushing game from someone else: Boston Scott. Scott rushed for 59 yards on 10 carries, and he also secured a key rushing touchdown late in the game. Eagles fans have been screaming for the run game to get going, and Scott was a welcomed addition to a lackluster offense. The Eagles need to emphasize the run game over the next three games, so could Scott be the answer?
3 – TE1: Zach Ertz had his best performance of the season against the Giants. He finished with 91 yards and 2 touchdowns on 9 receptions, and he hauled in a key touchdown in OT to win the game. The Eagles have had major under performance this season from their WRs, and they have needed dynamic play from their TEs to carry them. Ertz is a top-3 TE in the league, but he needs to continue to have performances like this if the Eagles are serious about a playoff push.
4 – Sketchy secondary: The Eagles’ secondary worries me greatly. Darius Slayton and DeVante Parker combined for 12 receptions, 313 yards, and 4 touchdowns in back-to-back games. Slayton and Parker are good, but not elite receivers. The Eagles can’t continue to get burned by average receivers. I don’t care who it is, but someone back there has to stop someone. If the offense sputters, the defensive woes will just put them further behind.
5 – History: The Eagles have won their last 5 games against the Redskins – including their week one win – but the Redskins hold the all-time lead 86-78-5. The Redskins don’t have anything to play for, but the Eagles do. Can the Redskins stop their division rivals from getting closer to the playoffs, or will the Eagles make the next step?