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Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Football Team - NFL Week 1
September 13, 2020
1:00 PM ET
About the Eagles
QB Carson Wentz performed well last season despite his WR corps being decimated with injuries but still managed to throw 27 TD passes with only 7 interceptions. He was unfortunately injured in the Eagles Wild Card playoff game, and he will be focused to get them back into the postseason once again. WR Desean Jackson returns after only appearing in 3 games last season and he should provide Wentz with a deep threat option who can rack up yardage after the catch with his elusiveness. Then there is the always reliable TE Zach Ertz who doesn’t always get the credit or recognition he deserves as he has played through injuries and has been the most reliable target for Wentz over the past few seasons. He is tough especially when the Eagles need to convert 3rd downs and he is usually Wentz’s first read. The defense got a major boost with the additions of DL Javon Hargrove and he should be a force with perennial Pro Bowler DT Fletcher Cox beside him. Both of these players are disruptive forces on the interior of the defensive front and will play a huge role in stopping the run. The Eagles also acquired shutdown DB Darius Slay as they have has injury issues in their secondary. Slay is physical and competitive with terrific instincts and ball skills.
QB Dwayne Haskins will be Washington’s starting QB after showing promise and improved play late last season. Offensive coordinator Scott Turner assumes the role under the new coaching regime and it will interesting to see how he meshes with Haskins. The departures of RB’s Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice leaves the door wide open for RB’s Bryce Love and rookie Antonio Gibson from the University of Memphis. Love, who has yet to play a snap in the NFL due to injuries will finally get to show and prove what he can do. Gibson played multiple positions in college and Turner may use him in special packages and as a decoy. Washington is making the switch to a 4-3 defense, and they will have a young and talented unit featuring the #2 overall selection Chase Young out of Ohio State. Young has a great motor with good technique and natural physical gifts.
Players to Watch
Miles Sanders (Eagles): Look for the Eagles to dramatically increase Sanders' workload as he transitions to being an every-down back.
Terry McLaurin (Washington): After an impressive and productive rookies season, McLaurin deserves to be the #1 WR on the depth chart. He already has a solid rapport with Haskins from their college days at Ohio State.
Jalen Reagor (Eagles): Reagor uses his speed to create separation from defenders and is capable of stretching plays into huge gains. Many questioned the Eagles selecting Reagor when they did especially considering that Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk, Tee Higgins, and Michael Pittman Jr. were still available, but he seems to fit into the Eagles scheme with his speed and agility.
Chase Young (Washington): Young is a generational talent and has the potential to have the NFL record books rewritten with his name etched all over it. This kid is just that talented.
The more experienced QB pulls off the victory in this one. Carson Wentz spreads the ball around to his playmakers while a young Dwayne Haskins continues to go through growing pains.
Final Score: Eagles 31 / Washington 13