Eagles kick off season in Washington against Redskins
Sep 11 2017
Expected to rebuild in 2016, the Eagles scrapped and clawed their way to a 7-9 record for new coach Doug Pederson.
Wentz was the king of the short pass a year ago and for the Eagles to be considered a contender he needs to be able to stretch the field. That is probably true, but an offensive line needs time to build cohesion because all five guys up front must function as one for a play to work. He scored just once in his final 10 games, and in his last eight games averaged 4.5 catches for 59.5 yards. In addition to quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has been outstanding in all of his games against the Eagles, the Redskins have added wide receiver Terrelle Pryor to help offset the losses of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.
That unit, however, looked to be ahead of the offense, creating 12 turnovers in four games. On defense, the Redskins shelled out big money to Josh Norman to be a stopper at cornerback. He gets lazy sometimes, but sometime's that's when plays are away from him.
2-minute warning: Mostly sunny. The Eagles feel they have given him more tools to succeed this time around, especially at receiver with acquisitions Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith joining the squad.
Cornering The Market - Unlike the Redskins, the Eagles don't have anything resembling a shutdown corner on their roster. Here are five story lines to follow in Sunday's game at FedEx Field. Unfortunately for them, Washington is not the kind of team you want to face when you're experimenting with your secondary, as Cousins can pick and choose between an array of talented receiving options.
Quarterback CarsonWentz and left tackle Jason Peters will be offensive captains for the Eagles in the 2017 season while safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive end Brandon Grahamas will be the defensive captains and Chris Maragos will serve as the special team's captain. He spent most of the off-season in the Eagles practice facility.
While the Eagles have a good matchup with their receivers, they will need to be on alert for the Redskins running game. But neither are known for their coverage ability, which could be problematic against Sproles. Another factor he should also consider is getting the running backs in the passing scheme. LB Zach Brown had career-high 97 tackles last season with Bills.
The Redskins will also be without linebacker Su'a Cravens who developed into a playmaker for the Redskins as a rookie in a hybrid linebacker role.
According to a totally unscientific locker-room poll at the NovaCare Complex, that will happen on Sunday, when the Eagles open their season on the road in what could be considered as close to a must-win game as can be in September.
"Having Lane back, having everybody be healthy to start the year is exciting", Wentz said.