The Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) visit divisional rivals, the Washington Commanders (1-1) in Week 3. Both squads are off to good starts. The NFC East is looking stronger than expected as the division holds a combined 6-2 record. The Eagles are beginning to look like legit NFC contenders. The Commanders’ passing offense has been a pleasant surprise thus far.
The Philadelphia Eagles are on the verge of being named Super Bowl contenders. Per NFL odds, Philly holds the third-best chance (+1100) to win the Super Bowl. Plus, the Eagles are clear NFC East favorites at -250.
What has led to Philadephia’s stock skyrocketing? It’s all about quarterback Jalen Hurts. With the additions of cornerback James Bradberry, safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson and linebacker Haason Reddick, the defense’s improvement has been of little surprise. The offense was expected to improve with the addition of star wide receiver A.J. Brown — who has 224 receiving yards. Philly has built a formidable roster, but if the Eagles were to be great, Hurts had to improve. So far, he’s passed with flying colors.
Through two games, Hurts has 576 passing yards, 147 rushing yards and four touchdowns. His accuracy has vastly improved. There have always been doubts concerning Hurts’ inconsistent deep ball. This year, it’s been consistent and accurate. Plus, his sideline throws have improved. Against the Minnesota Vikings, Hurts was dropping dimes in between three defenders. According to NFL lines, Hurts is the third choice (+900) to win MVP.
JALEN HURTS 53-YARD BOMB 😱
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 20, 2022
No one wants to face the Eagles right now.
While the Washington Commanders have defensive concerns, the offense has impressed. Quarterback Carson Wentz has been solid as he is second in the league with 650 passing yards. Turnovers are still a concern as Wentz has three interceptions.
The supporting cast is doing its part. The offensive line has played well and Washington’s wide receiver plan has worked almost perfectly. Terry McLaurin (133 receiving yards) has done the usual, Curtis Samuel (171 scrimmage yards) looks great off injury and rookie Jahan Dotson (three touchdowns) has been impressive. Dotson holds the second-best odds (+800) to win Offensive Rooke of the Year. The run game needs work as it ranks 27th in yards per carry (3.5). Rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. could bring a big boost when he returns from a non-football-related injury.
As mentioned, the Commanders’ defense is still struggling. The unit ranks 27th in points allowed per game (29) and 25th in yards allowed per game (404). The run defense has been horrible, allowing 7.5 yards per carry. Washington certainly misses defensive end Chase Young, who could return as early as Week 5 from an ACL injury.
Eagles vs Commanders Head-to-Head
Philadelphia has had its way since 2017, winning eight of the last 10 matchups. However, the series is split over the last four games.
Eagles vs Commanders Game Injuries
Eagles vs Commanders Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 25
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: FedExField, Summerfield, Maryland
- How to watch Eagles vs Commanders? ESPN
Eagles vs CommandersLive stream: NFL Game Pass
Eagles vs Commanders Betting Lines
Eagles vs Commanders Prediction
The Eagles’ run defense is a weakness so far, ranking 31st in yards allowed per carry (6.2). However, the Commanders do not have a great rushing attack. Furthermore, Philadelphia’s defensive backs are making plays on the ball. That’s not a good matchup for Wentz, who is turnover prone. And Washington’s defense is struggling while Hurts is playing the best football of his career. With a road cover, the Eagles will further separate themselves as the NFC East’s best.
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