As the 2018 NFL regular season winds down, the race for the NFC East is heating up. The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football, trying to keep pace with the Dallas Cowboys, who upset the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
However, the Eagles control their own destiny. This two-week stretch against Washington and Dallas will be crucial for the Eagles’ playoff hopes. In a matter of two weeks, the Eagles could see themselves climb from third place in the NFC East to first if they win both games.
“The preparation kind of gets extended [for Monday night games] and kind of builds up a little bit,” Wentz said. “When we come running out of that tunnel, knowing it’s Monday night, it’s a night game, especially at home, we know that place is going to be rocking, so we’re excited for this one.”
Last October, the Eagles beat the Redskins 34-24 in a hard fought-divisional battle. Wentz led his Eagles with 268 yards, four touchdowns, and one pick. He completed 17-of-25 pass attempts and outdueled then-Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Wentz and Zach Ertz connected on all five targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in that matchup. Ertz had a big game against them last year, and he will look to replicate that production against a solid defense.
The Eagles’ passing attack was a big part of their success in last year’s meeting, and it has been critical to their success all year long. The passing game will certainly need to show up again on Monday to secure a tough divisional win.
Ertz leads the Eagles in touchdowns this season with six and has scored at least one touchdown each five of the last seven games. If the Eagles are going to win this week, No. 86 figures to be a big factor.
“I see a good defense,” Wentz said. “Their front is big and physical, linebackers are fast and they like to heat you up and bring pressure from different ways, secondary is rock solid. It’s exciting because we know it’s a good defense, but we both know each other so well.”
Both teams are familiar with each other, but the Eagles have had their number since the start of last season, winning both contests a year ago. It’s going to be a battle, with both teams fighting for playoff position, but Ertz and the Eagles should be confident in their game plan and preparation.
Kickoff is slated for 8:15 ET on ESPN at Lincoln Financial Field.