Eagles vs. Redskins: What’s the competition looking like?
5 August 2017 Opinion
Part of competition is knowing your strengths and weaknesses and the other part… is knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your opponent.
What are Wentz and the Eagles facing within the division this season? Let’s take a look at the first opponent they go up against:
Eagles vs. Redskins
The Eagles haven’t beaten the Redskins since 2014. Since then, they’ve lost 5 straight games to the NFC East rival. Typically, these matchups are close.
The Redskins lost key starters this offseason, most notably: Pierre Garcon, Desean Jackson and Chris Baker. However, the organization had a solid free agency and draft by signing/ selecting: WR Terrelle Pryor, DE Terrell McClain, WR Brian Quick, DT Jonathan Allen, LB Ryan Anderson and RB Samaje Perine among others.
Many fans will assume the Redskins receiving corps is weakened by the loss of two veterans receivers like Garcon and Jackson, but I don’t put much weight in that. Pryor proved to be a major threat regardless of whatever Browns quarterback threw his way. Josh Doctson, the team’s first-round pick from 2016 is finally healthy and receiving a lot of accolades from DC beat reporters. Those two in addition to Crowder and Reed, who have proven production with Cousins, will be a serviceable receiving corps this season. The Redskins did not draft any offensive linemen or sign any in free agency but they’ve got talented starters and decent depth there. The team also has depth at the running back position with Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine and several other RBs on the 90 man roster.
The Redskins got a steal in the first round of the 2017 draft. Jonathan Allen fell to 17? Unreal. Although I think it is safe to say the Giants have a more intense defensive front, the Redskins got better in the trenches and must be taken seriously there. With a solid secondary already, the Redskins could get even stronger with Su’a Cravens transitioning to the strong safety position.
Overall, the Redskins probably have the weakest offense and second-strongest defense the Eagles will face in the NFC East. They’ll be a tough team to beat since they’ve always matched up well against the Eagles’ weaknesses. The Eagles defense must produce turnovers in order to pull out victories versus Cousins and company. Also, with a much-improved receiving corps, the Eagles must stretch the field on offense to create space for a stronger running game and big-yardage plays.