Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) head to the nation’s capital looking to carry Monday night’s momentum into Sunday’s divisional matchup against their NFC East rival, the Washington Redskins (3-10). After a thrilling, emotional come-from-behind victory against the New York Giants, the Eagles playoffs’ hopes remain alive and well as Philly looks to keep it that way against the Redskins this week.
With the Philadelphia wide receiving corps still banged up with injuries, Carson Wentz is likely to look toward tight ends and running backs for a sizeable chunk of his passing yards this week. On Monday, tight ends and running backs accounted for a combined 27 of Carson’s 33 completions against the Giants. Regardless who is making the plays, the expectations don’t change with the season on the line.
“We have the same mentality: next man up,” Wentz said.
After a two-touchdown performance against the Giants, No. 86 will be looking to replicate that performance down the final stretch of the regular season.
Therefore, a similar plan of attack could be equally effective this week in D.C. The Washington defense has fared poorly statistically against RB’s and TE’s. Backs have recorded 623 receiving yards (25th) against the Skins. Additionally, they’ve surrendered 703 yards to the tight end position, which ranks 21st in the league.
Defensively, the Eagles will look to pressure rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins and force some key turnovers. Last week, in a 20-15 loss to the Packers, the rookie signal caller was 16-for-27 for just 170 yards and an interception. Additionally, Haskins has been sacked a total of nine times over the last two games and never passed for more than 215 yards in a single game.
With Derrius Guice out for the remainder of 2019 with a sprained MCL, veteran Adrian Peterson will shoulder much more of the rushing load, which is no easy task against Philly. The Green & White have fared well against the run this year, allowing just 4.0 yards per rush (7th) and 89.6 yards per game (3rd).
With a win in Washington, the Eagles would sweep the season series over the Redskins, and it would be Philly’s sixth straight over the Redskins. Any divisional matchup is going to be tough, and Philly knows that Washington can put up a fight like they did at The Linc in Week 1. But Zach and his teammates are locked in and focused on finishing this season strong.
Kickoff from FedEx Field is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on FOX.