Eagles vs Commanders Match Preview – September 25, 2022

PHILADELPHIA (2-0) v WASHINGTON (1-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox

BET LINE: Eagles by 6½ per FanDuel Sportsbook

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Philadelphia 1-1; Washington 1-1

SERIES RECORD: Washington leads 88-81-5

LAST MEETING: The Eagles beat Washington 20-16 on Jan. 2, 2022 in Washington.

LAST WEEK: Eagles beat Vikings 24-7, Commanders lost to Lions 36-27.

EAGLE ATTACK: OVERALL (1), RUSH (2), PASS (7), SCORING (5)

EAGLES DEFENSE: OVERALL (14), RUSH (20), PASS (12), SCORING (14)

COMMANDERS OPEN: OVERALL (6), RUSH (T-24), PASS (2), SCORING (8)

COMMANDERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (T-25), RUSH (28), PASS (20), SCORING (27)

REVENUE DIFFERENCE: Eagles plus-3; Commanders minus-3

EAGLES PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Jalen Hurts has shown he can use his throwing arm and legs to split up defense. The running leg is dangerous against a Washington defense who couldn’t stop much on the ground and could be wondering which direction Hurts will take next.

COMMANDERS PLAYERS TO FOLLOW: DT Daron Payne played with Hurts in Alabama and has been one of Washington’s best defensemen so far this season. With passrusher Chase Young out for at least the first four weeks and Jonathan Allen playing through a sore hamstring, Payne, along with Montez Sweat, is pressuring to allow the Commander’s defense to begin to become effective.

KEY MATCHUP: Commanders QB Carson Wentz vs. Eagles CB Darius Slay. After twice intercepting former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​Monday night, Slay could overshoot opposing receiver Terry McLaurin and is looking to take out Wentz, whose mistakes in certain situations paved his way out of Philadelphia a few years ago. It’s crucial that Wentz choose his points and not force shots in Slay’s direction.

KEY INJURIES: Eagles LB Haason Reddick is dealing with a knee injury. … CB Avonte Maddox has a back injury. … With Commanders C Chase Roullier starting on injured reserve, Wes Schweitzer is expected to take his place despite missing Week 2 with a hamstring injury. … DE Casey Toohill may not play after going into concussion protocol. … S Kam Curl is expected to make his season debut after missing the first two games with a right thumb injury.

SERIES Game Notes
Philadelphia and Washington face off for the third time in both teams’ last seven regular-season games, dating back to December. … Wentz faces the Eagles for the first time since they traded him after the 2020 season. They picked Wentz with second pick in the 2016 draft, and he played for them for five seasons. … The Eagles have won four of their last five games in Washington and eight of 10 overall in the series.

STATS AND STUFF: Philadelphia rushed for more than 450 yards in consecutive games for the first time since 2014. … Hurts’ 723 yards, combing passing and rushing, are second-greatest QBs in the NFL, trailing only Tua Tagovailoa. … Against the Vikings, Hurts became the first player in league history to throw for more than 300 yards, complete more than 80% of his passes and have two or more quick touchdowns. … WR AJ Brown is fifth in the league with 15 catches. He has 224 yards in his first two games with the Eagles. … WR DeVonta Smith had a career-high seven catches against Minnesota. … Philadelphia’s defense has forced 10 three-and-outs this season, ranking third in the league. … DT Fletcher Cox has had at least a half sack in three straight games since last season. He has 15 in 19 career games against Washington. … Slay’s five passes defended against Minnesota was a career highlight. … Washington hasn’t been 2-1 in three games since 2018. … Wentz is the first QB since at least 1950 to throw for more than three TDs and 300+ yards in each of his first two starts with a team. … WR Terry McLaurin’s 468 yards against the Eagles since his debut in 2019 is the most they have ceded to a player during that time. … WR Curtis Samuel had a team-high of seven catches and 99 yards from scrimmage in Week 2. … WR Jahan Dotson is one of two rookies with a TD catch in each of the first two games of the season. … Payne had a sack in each of Washington’s first two games. … LB Cole Holcomb has 10+ tackles in five of his last six games since last season. … CB Kendall Fuller had defended three passes against the Lions.

FANTASY TIP: Given the Commanders’ defensive struggles against the barrel, Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and Philadelphia’s Kenneth Gainwell are all strong candidates to start. Sanders is expected to get the majority of carries, but all three have had a quick touchdown this season. The Eagles also lead the league with 28 explosive games (16-yard completions and 10-yard rushes), an area where Washington struggled in Detroit.

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