Eagles at Commanders: 5 matchups to look at

After their Week 2 Monday night time beatdown of the Minnesota Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles will make their annually talk over with to sumptuous Landover, Maryland to take at the Washington Commanders of their first NFC East matchup of the season. Listed here are our 5 matchups to look at.

1) The Eagles’ go rushers vs. Carson Wentz’s non-existent pocket presence

Do you know that when the Eagles traded former franchise quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, he best performed there 365 days ahead of the Colts then traded him to Washington? It is true. Wentz is now on some other crew within the NFC East, and the Eagles will play towards him two times in line with season so long as he (a) remains wholesome, and (b) stays their beginning quarterback. Wild, proper?

In staring at his first two video games this season towards the Jaguars and Lions, Wentz seems to be so much like he did in Indy. He makes his percentage of highlight-worthy throws, occasionally correct at the layups, occasionally no longer. After which in fact there are some moments sprinkled in the place you are like, “What the hell used to be that?” He isn’t as unhealthy as he used to be in his ultimate season in Philly in 2020, and he is on no account the MVP-level participant he used to be in 2017. He is one thing in between, however it looks like he nonetheless thinks he is the 2017 model, which will get him into hassle.

His stats, in print, glance beautiful excellent. He is 57 of 87 (65.5%) for 650 yards (325 in line with sport), 7 TDs, and three INTs. His 7 TDs tie him with 3 different quarterbacks for a percentage of the league lead, then again, his 3.4% INT charge (small pattern measurement alert) occurs to be the similar because it used to be in 2020, when he led the league in INTs regardless of getting benched for the overall 4 video games. It must be famous that each one 3 of his INTs this season were his fault.

The Eagles want to pressure the “What the hell used to be that?” moments, and they may be able to do this with power. Wentz’s worst trait stays his loss of pocket presence, as proven on this Twitter thread from his sport towards the Lions. 

One in every of my favourite Wentz pocket presence quirks is that after he both avoids an edge rusher, or an edge rusher runs via him, it is as though he believes that that participant now not exists, and would possibly not proceed to stay seeking to get after him. He did it all over his profession in Philly, and it has carried over into Indianapolis and now Washington, with an instance proven within the Twitter thread above. 

Most often, you do not want your edge rushers getting too a ways up the sphere and easily getting escorted across the bend, taking themselves out of the play. Towards Wentz, Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat must no longer really feel the desire to take a look at to flatten their trail to the quarterback up to imaginable. Taking wider paths to Wentz will also be simply as efficient. In case you get in at the back of him, Wentz will ultimately float again within the pocket into strip sack alternatives.  

The plan must be to surround him within the pocket, and on every occasion a lineman is inside putting distance, take on the soccer, no longer the quarterback, as a result of he is among the worst within the league at protective it.

2) The internal of the Eagles’ defensive position vs. the Commanders’ inside offensive line

Marlon Tuipulotu and Javon Hargrave have each and every helped purpose interceptions this season when they have got gotten hits on opposing quarterbacks, and Fletcher Cox had an ideal sport Monday night time towards the Vikings. The internal of the protection has made some performs. They want to step it up and push the pocket towards a quarterback who’s liable to striking the ball at the turf. 

The Commanders’ Week 1 offensive line seemed like this:

LT  LG  RG  RT 
Charles Leno  Andrew Norwell  Chase Roullier  Wes Schweitzer  Sam Cosmi 

Schweitzer neglected the Lions sport with a hamstring damage, and Roullier injured his decrease leg at the next-to-last Commanders offensive play of the sport. The offensive line seemed like this to near the sport:

LT  LG  RG  RT 
Charles Leno  Andrew Norwell  Wes Martin  Trai Turner  Sam Cosmi 

Wes Martin used to be a tradition squad name up.

Heading into Week 3 towards the Eagles, Roullier is now on injured reserve, and Schweiter’s standing isn’t but know. If Schweitzer can pass, he will most likely play heart, with Turner beginning at RG. That is no less than a semi-competent lineup. If Schweitzer cannot pass, both Wes Martin or Nick Martin, who the Commanders signed on Tuesday, would get started at heart.

#FeastinMeter: 6 turkey legs if Schweitzer can pass, 8 if he cannot. Let’s decide on 7. 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗

3) The Eagles’ cornerbacks vs. the Commanders’ receivers

Th Commanders have a pleasant trio of receivers in Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel (who’s now wholesome and in spite of everything contributing), and bold rookie Jahan Dotson. Additionally they have Logan Thomas again and wholesome at tight finish, and a few working backs in Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic who’re high quality go catchers out of the backfield.

The ones six avid gamers all have no less than 74 receiving yards throughout the first two video games:

 Participant Rec  Yards  YPC  TD 
Terry McLaurin  133  22.2 
Curtis Samuel  15  133  8.9 
Jahan Dotson  99  14.1 
Antonio Gibson  85  9.4 
Logan Thomas  82  13.7 
J.D. McKissic  10  74  7.4 

In previous years, McLaurin used to be truly the one participant the Eagles needed to fear about in Washington’s passing assault. He stays their most deadly weapon, via a ways, however the supporting solid has proven that they may be able to additionally make performs. The ball gets unfold round extra now on this Commanders offense.

4) The Eagles’ offense vs. the Commanders’ linebackers

There don’t seem to be many groups that may business their linebacker scenario with the Commanders’. Their very best linebacker is… um… Cole Holcomb? He leads their linebackers in general snaps. The opposite beginning spot used to be gained via 2021 first-round pick out Jamin Davis, who disenchanted as a rookie. He beat out borderline 53-man roster-worthy man David Mayo.

The center of the sphere used to be extensive open for the Lions on Sunday within the passing sport, and Detroit additionally were given some giant runs between the tackles. The Commanders are in a tricky bind on this matchup. In the event that they play guy, they are at risk of getting gashed via Jalen Hurts on QB scrambles. In the event that they play zone, Hurts has proven thus far this season that he will also be efficient operating in the course of the sphere, and he has the horses to do it, in A.J. Brown and Dallas Goedert.

The Birds’ sport plan must focus on exposing Holcomb, Davis, and Mayo.

5) Lean at the speeding assault

The Commanders are permitting 7.5 yards in line with rush, worst within the NFL. The Eagles ran for 356 yards in two video games towards Washington a season in the past. So, you recognize, there must be some alternatives to do harm at the flooring.

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