Carson Wentz & The Birds Look to Secure NFL’s Best Record
For the second week in a row, the Eagles will be the center of attention, for everyone to see on primetime football. At 8pm tonight, they will be taking on the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. This NFC East divisional battle is a big one. The Birds sit at 5-1, while the Redskins are 3-2. A win for the Redskins would tie the Eagles in the loss column. A win for the Eagles would improve them to 6-1, (The NFL’s best record) and 3-0 in the NFC East – which would be a very solid lead in a division very few people picked them to win.
During Week 1, both of the Eagles’ new receivers were held to a combined 4 catches for 68 yards on 10 targets. However, during week 1 The Eagles had to deal with cornerbacks Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland. This week, Norman is out with a rib injury, and Bashaud Breeland is questionable. If the Eagles air attack wants to show they’re legit, they should thrive tonight in the absence of the Redskins top corners.
Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson has been the key to their success. The Eagles have shown to play much better when they have number 65 lined up at right tackle, usually across from the opposing team’s best defensive end. Before the week one matchup against the Redskins, Johnson acknowledged that one of the toughest matchups he has all season is Redskins pass rusher, Ryan Kerrigan. Johnson excelled the first time around, limiting Kerrigan to 0.5 sacks and just two tackles. Shutting down Kerrigan is very important this time around, and could be the deciding factor in who comes out on top.
Coming into this year, when you heard the name: Carson Wentz, you thought:, “Up and coming player who showed a lot of promise in his rookie season.” Through the first 6 weeks of the season, he has shown that, and much more. Carson Wentz is a winner. He didn’t quite light up the stat book his first year, which was more than likely because of his limited weapons on offense. With the addition of two solid receivers in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, Wentz HAS been lighting up the stat book. He has also shown in multiple games, he will find ways to win. The future is bright for the young Philly Quarterback. If he continues to improve, he will be considered a dangerous QB for years to come.
The Washington Redskins go into this week with more confidence than you would assume. Besides the week one loss to the Eagles, Washington has won five of their last six against Philadelphia, including two at Lincoln Financial Field. It will be interesting to see if they can continue their good play against the birds.
One major difference between the Redskins now and the Redskins in week one is the emergence Chris Thompson. During the first week, Thompson had just 56 rushing yards. Ever since then, Thompson has become Redskins QB Kirk Cousins’ favorite target. He has been the stand out guy in the passing game. He had 150 receiving yards against the Oakland Raiders, and 105 against the 49ers. Thompson hopes to continue his hot streak, and Philadelphia hopes to stop him. If the Eagles fail to contain Thompson, they’re going to have a long night.
It is hard to beat a team twice in a season. However, the Eagles are red hot going into this week, and they look to take advantage of the injury stricken Washington secondary. Their defense has been great for a majority of the season, forcing turnovers from good quarterbacks like Cam Newton. The Eagles should have a good feeling going into this game at home.