With the Monday Night clash versus the Washington Redskins looming, let’s first take a look back at the week one battle, to see if there is anything the Eagles can improve upon.
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September 10th seems so long ago, in fact, at that time, the Eagles were a completely different team. The play calling was not as balanced as it is now, and Carson Wentz was not as good as he is now. However, the Eagles still won the game 30-17, on a late Fletcher Cox fumble return touchdown.
On that day, the Eagles were outrushed, had two turnovers and had eight penalties for 76 yards. Wentz finished the game 26 of 39 for 307 and two touchdowns and one pick. LeGarrette Blount led the team in rushing with 46 yards and Zach Ertz led the receivers with 93 yards. The Eagles pass rush was really good, getting to Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins four times. The Eagles were good enough to get the job done versus a poor Redskin team.
However, since then, the Eagles have played much better and cleaner football. They have rushed for over one hundred yards as a team for the last four games, they have dominated on third downs, led the league in time of possession, not turned the ball over and Carson Wentz has been playing at an MVP like level.
To say the Eagles beat the Redskins week one is an understatement because right now in the league, there is not anyone playing better football than the Eagles. And, having a longer break due to Thursday night football last week, the Eagles are all healthy.
To conclude, the last time the Eagles played the Redskins, both teams were different. The Redskins have looked a lot better in recent weeks but will come to Philadelphia pretty banged up. On the other hand, the Eagles are flying high in confidence and are looking to stay perfect in the NFC East. Both teams will have learned a lot from the previous matchup, however, in the case of the Eagles, if you’re the Redskins you know that game was just a small sample of things to come.