DIVISION RECORD: 0-0
NEXT OPPONENT: Minnesota Vikings
LOCATION: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
DIVISION RECORD: 1-1
NEXT OPPONENT: Detroit Lions
EAGLES PLAYER TO WATCH
As it turns out, the young quarterback from North Dakota is in fact mortal. Wentz threw his first interception last week against the Lions and will be looking to rebound from his first loss against a beat up Redskins secondary.
If the Redskins are going to win this game, it’s going to come down to stopping Wentz, and there’s been few who’ve managed to do that thus far this season.
REDSKINS PLAYER TO WATCH
Kirk Cousins has been off and on for much of the season. While we’re still looking for him to turn the corner, there are some things about Cousins’s game to get excited about. Cousin’s yard per game average is on the rise from 260.4 last year to 286.4 so far in 2016. However, Cousins’s passer rating is dipping from 101.6 to 90.5.
EAGLES POSITION GROUP PREVIEW
RUNNING BACKS: Ryan Matthews, Darren Sproles and the rest of the running back committee should be looking forward to going against a defense who’s given up 130 rushing yards per game.
QUARTERBACKS: Carson Wentz is looking to rebound off of the team’s first loss as well as throwing his first interception of his career. Wentz will be looking to take advantage of a beat up Washington secondary.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Philadelphia has wreaked havoc all season, recording 14 sacks in just four games. The defensive line will have their work cut out for them however by an impressive offensive line.
GAME PREVIEW ANALYSIS
As we get into the heart of the regular season schedule, it’s time for the contenders to start pulling ahead of the rest of the pack. Philadelphia will be traveling to the nation’s capital to take on the Redskins in its first divisional game of the season. It’s time to see if Carson Wentz is all he’s been made out to be.
Philadelphia and Washington are very evenly matched offensively. The Redskins’ are averaging 366 total yards compared to the Eagles’ 363.8. And while both have managed to rack up the yards, both are also struggling to convert third downs, with Washington and Philadelphia ranking 19th and 26th respectively.
Philadelphia’s defense however has been statistically superior to Washington’s. The Redskins have given up an average of 392 yards per game, ranking them 27th in the league. The Eagles on the other hand rank second in the league with 266.8.
This week will be a major test for both offenses as Kirk Cousins and the Redskins look to get back to form, and Carson Wentz looks to continue his impressive rookie of the year campaign.
REDSKINS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
OFFENSIVE LINE: Trent Williams and the rest of The Hogs 2.0 have been impressive in the passing game thus far, allowing only eight sacks thus far. However, there is plenty of progress to be made in the run game.
RUNNING BACKS: Matt Jones and the rest of the rushing group took a step back last week against Baltimore. Look for the Redskins to establish the run more against Philly to buy more quality opportunity for Cousins.
DEFENSIVE LINE: The defensive line has struggled to contain any amount of run throughout the season. Going against one of the top rushing teams in the season, now’s a great time for Joe Barry to make the adjutments he needs to.