In the results of Aaron Rodgers’ most likely season-ending injury, the Philly Eagles are instantly (and also seriously) the brand-new faves in the mediocre-at-best NFC.
So, it excels timing after that– not that anybody wished to see Rodgers’ period end in October– that their very first video game as faves will certainly happen in primetime versus a department opponent.
At 3-2, the Redskins are quite to life in the department, yet a loss to the 5-1 Eagles may place an end to their want to arise from the NFC East considering they currently shed to the Eagles back in Week 1.
A win, on the various other hand, would certainly put them right back right into the race. At the same time, the 5-1 Eagles are wanting to seal their condition atop the department as well as the seminar.
A win on Monday evening would certainly keep their leading placement in the race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
I’m taking the Redskins to stun the Eagles. A period specified by stopped working assumptions as well as apology sees one more distress.
No one can’ve anticipated the timeline of Carson Wentz’s growth to be increased this much. Last summertime, the assumption was for Wentz to redshirt behind Sam Bradford and also take control of throughout the 2017 period.
Rather, the Eagles traded Bradford on the eve of the period, Wentz took his swellings throughout his (greatly overvalued) novice period– 16 goals, 14 choices, 6.2 YPA, and also a 79.3 passer ranking– as well as currently he’s showing why the Eagles took him No. 2 total a year back.
After the very first 6 video games of the period, he’s tossed 13 goals as well as 3 choices, balanced 7.7 backyards each effort, and also uploaded a 99.6 passer score.
He’s arrived by enhancing his deep sphere. Inning Accordance With Pro Football Emphasis, Wentz has actually finished 10 of 29 passes tossed 20-plus lawns downfield for 416 lawns, 4 goals, a choice, and also a 108.1 passer ranking– the sixth-highest score in football.
However Wentz isn’t really excellent. He could be made use of by taxing him. If the Redskins could obtain after him, they’ll have a possibility to leave Philly with a distress.
Inning accordance with PFF, Wentz has a 59.9 passer score under stress– 22nd from 32 certified quarterbacks. His passer ranking when maintained tidy? 114.3, 5th from 32 certified quarterbacks.
Wentz has actually been under stress on 33.9 percent of his dropbacks, the NFL’s 13th-lowest stress price, each PFF.
The Redskins have actually compelled stress on 37.8 percent of their protective breaks, so they could obtain after the quarterback.
The Redskins’ capability to produce a pass thrill may simply identify this video game.
The Eagles are fortunate that they’re capturing the Redskins currently of the period.
ESPN reported on Wednesday that Washington first-round protective end Jonathan Allen will certainly miss out on the remainder of the period with a foot injury.
As well as celebrity cornerback Josh Norman has yet to return considering that experiencing a ribs injury previously this month.
The Redskins still have qualified playmakers on the protective side of the sphere– Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan, as well as Matt Ioannidis have actually incorporated for 11.5 sacks, and also Kendall Richer has 2 choices– so do not anticipate them to be strangled by the Eagles.
The Redskins’ protection is placed 10th in DVOA.
Wentz will not be the only quarterback that’ll be evaluated. So will certainly Redskins franchise business (identified) quarterback Kirk Cousins.
In spite of shedding his leading 2 getting risks, DeSean Jackson as well as Pierre Garcon, in the offseason, he’s still taken care of to operate at an elite degree.
Up until now this year, he’s finished 66.5 percent of his passes, balanced 8.4 backyards each effort, tossed 9 goals and also 2 choices, as well as uploaded a 106.4 passer score.
Though the Eagles’ protection obtains a lots of acknowledgment, they’re in fact placed less than the Redskins in DVOA (14th).
They do, nonetheless, enable just 20.3 factors each video game– the ninth-fewest in the NFL.
They excel and also they’ll obtain after Relatives. Oddly sufficient, the Eagles have actually likewise created stress at a price of 37.8 percent, inning accordance with PFF.
Watch on Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, as well as Chris Long that have actually incorporated for 8.5 sacks.
Relatives has actually gotten on a little far better compared to Wentz under stress, yet he’s still misbehaved.
His 65.8 passer ranking under stress rankings 20th, each PFF. Like Wentz, Cousins is outstanding when he’s maintained tidy, uploading a 121.5 passer score, inning accordance with PFF.
The Redskins’ offending line has actually permitted stress on 30.9 percent of Relatives’ dropbacks– the eighth-lowest stress price in football.
This video game will likely to which offending line could maintain their quarterback upright. I’m offering the minor side to the Redskins.
Both quarterbacks ought to be bothered with maintaining their feet on the ground, yet they’ll both have possibilities to full passes downfield.
As formerly pointed out, the Redskins lack Norman, and also Bashaud Breeland is taking care of a sprained knee. If Breeland cannot play, the Redskins will certainly be down their leading 2 cornerbacks.
This can be a huge ready Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and also Zach Ertz, that is going into the discussion concerning the organization’s finest pass-catching limited end after Gronk.
He leads the group in obtaining lawns with 405 and also is connected for the lead in getting goals with 4.
At the same time, the Eagles quit 273.5 passing lawns each video game– the fourth-most in football. They could be made use of by Relatives.
Quiting Chris Thompson
The Eagles cannot allow Thompson cut loose. Thompson is practically a running back, yet he’s often utilized as a pass catcher. To this factor, Thompson has actually acquired 515 backyards as well as 4 goals from skirmish on 54 touches, which implies he’s balancing 9.5 lawns each touch.
It is necessary that Thompson is extra efficient as a receiver (18.9 lawns each catch), due to the fact that the Eagles are the organization’s ideal run protection.
The Redskins have to utilize Thompson artistically to discover means to obtain him the sphere precede. The bright side is that they recognize how you can do that.
In each of the Redskins’ 3 victories, he’s overshadowed the 100-yard mark. In the Redskins’ 2 losses, he’s balanced 41.5 lawns each video game.
LeGarrette Blount’s revival
Did anybody anticipate Blount to experience this much success beyond New England? Blount was a Dream super star last period, racking up 18 goals, yet he had not been that efficient far from completion area, balancing 3.9 backyards each lug.
He’s definitely worked this period with the Eagles. On the period, Blount’s carried on 70 times for 390 lawns (5.6 YPC) and also a goal. He’s been outstanding. He’ll take on a Redskins protection that’s placed 8th versus the run. So, his evening will not be a simple one.
DVOA: Eagles somewhat much better
One last note: By general DVOA, the Eagles are the far better group. The Eagles are in fact placed 2nd to the Chiefs as well as the Redskins are placed 6th.
So, if the Redskins win– when traveling, versus the second-best group football, as well as with an undermanned protection– it’ll be time to take them seriously.
If the Eagles win, provide credit history for ripping off a hard challenger. At the same time, they’ll have sealed their condition atop the NFC.