The Philadelphia Eagles have struggled to put together winning performances in recent weeks, making this weekend’s NFC East showdown with the Washington Redskins a must-win game for Zach Ertz and Co.
“I understand the role that I play on this team and this city, and every play I have is going to be scrutinized because I feel like I’m one of the building blocks of this football team,” Zach said this week. “It doesn’t bother me at all, but I know each and every play, each and every game I’ve been giving it my all for this city for the last three and a half, four years now, and it’s definitely not going to stop. All I’m focused on is just continuing to improve.”
Despite their struggles, ZE and quarterback Carson Wentz have established a consistent connection over the last five weeks. The tandem has now connected 32 times for 302 yards over the last five contests, a bright spot for the Eagle offense. The Eagles have also been able to run the ball effectively this season behind Ryan Matthews, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood—Philly currently places at 10th in the league in rushing yards.
On Sunday the Eagles will welcome the Redskins, who have dropped their last two games, and have playoff aspirations of their own, sitting just outside the playoff picture at 6-5-1.
The Redskins have a potent offense and are second in the league in both total yards per game (418) and passing yards per game (309). The Washington defense presents Zach and Wentz with some encouraging stats, however, as the Redskins are outside of the top 20 in most defensive statistics excluding pass defense, in which they are 18th.
Zach has had some terrific history against the Redskins, totaling 326 yards against Philly’s divisional rival. He has only recorded more total receiving yards against the New York Giants (438).
The game kicks off from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.