By: Ryan Cooley
The Eagles come to town to finish off the season series with the Skins. Philadelphia is coming off of an overtime win on Monday night against the Giants. This should be a close game with the Redskins playing better the past three weeks.
In their first matchup in week one, they were introduced to rookie WR Terry McLaurin, who shredded them for 125 yds and a TD. However, his production has dropped significantly ever since Haskins became the starter. The Eagles have a secondary that has struggled immensely this season, so hopefully, both McLaurin and Haskins will be able to put up good numbers.
How can they win?
Haskins will need to play well if they want to win this game. The Eagles are great at defending the run, but not so much the pass. He only has a completion percentage of 55% this season, so he will need to be more accurate.
The defense will need to have a strong pass rush to make Wentz uncomfortable. The secondary will also have to stick with their guys since Wentz thrives on extending plays.
Players to watch for Washington
Terry McLaurin: Most rookie WRs struggle in their first year, but not McLaurin. He came out swinging the very first game. Ever since they made the transition to Haskins, McLaurin’s numbers have dropped, but he still has an outstanding grade from Pro Football Focus of 82.2. Hopefully, he will be able to replicate his performance in week one.
Ryan Kerrigan: “It sucks.” This what Lane Johnson said when asked about having to block Ryan Kerrigan. He is a high motor player who has had double-digit sacks the past three seasons. Johnson suffered an injury last game and is questionable to play. If he does sit out, expect Kerrigan to have a big game.
The offensive line: The offensive line has not helped out Haskins much so far. He has been sacked 22 times in only five starts. Haskins can take part of the blame for holding the ball too long. However, there are a lot of plays where a defender quickly sheds a block and throws Haskins in the turf. The Eagles have an excellent defensive front, so the offensive line must play at the top of their game if they want to win.
Players to watch for Philadelphia
Miles Sanders: Sanders was selected in the second round in last year’s draft. He has had a solid rookie season to this point. He is 52 yards short of having 1,000 total yards. Sanders has been very effective in the passing game averaging 10.6 yds per receptions.
If Jordan Howard is unable to suit up yet again, the defense will need to keep their eyes on Sanders.
Zach Ertz: Ertz is one of the best TEs in the league. He is coming off his best game of the season, where he caught nine balls for 91 yards and two scores. The Eagles WRs are decimated with injuries, so Ertz will most likely be Wentz’s main target Sunday.
Fletcher Cox: Cox is another player that is one of the best at his position. His size and speed make blocking him an absolute nightmare for interior O-lineman. He makes it extremely difficult to run on this defense and can also disrupt the passing game. The Redskins will need to make sure he is double-teamed for most of the game.
Prediction: Eagles win 17-14
I can see this game going either way. The Redskins have been playing much better than they did to start the season. I expect it to be low scoring due to the lack of offensive power on both sides. The Eagles struggled against a 2-10 team that had a QB who hadn’t started in ten weeks. I would not be surprised if the Redskins walk away from Sunday with their fourth win of the season. However, Philly is fighting for a playoff spot, so they will be trying their hardest to come out victorious.