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The Eagles (2-0) are on the road to face the Chiefs (1-1) at FedExField at 1 pm on Sunday.
Reuben Frank (1-1)
I’m thinking Carson Wentz puts up big numbers, gets the ball in the end zone a few times, puts up 24 or maybe 27 points, has one huge score and finally takes an L in his first game against his former team. Because I think the Eagles can score in the mid-30s against the Chiefs, and I don’t think Washington can match that kind of firepower. I love where the Eagles offense is right now, and maybe someone can slow them down but I don’t think it’s Washington. I love the matchup between the Eagles’ running attack – 5th in the league at 5.2 yards per carry – and a Chiefs run defense that’s allowing 7.5 yards per carry, the worst through two games by any team NFL since 1951 New York Yanks. But I expect the Eagles to be able to move the ball in the air as well against the NFL’s 27th ranked defense. The Eagles are 15-10 all-time at FedExField, including four wins in the last five years. I don’t think this will be a very easy game. Washington has some talent on both sides of the ball. It never seems all that easy down there. But I’m thinking the Eagles and 20,000 of their fans will give the North West a 3-0 win.
Eagles 34, Commanders 27
Dave Zangaro (2-0)
Trap game? That was my first thought on this Week 3 game. And to be fair, my initial plan was to pick the Eagles to win against the Vikings and then lose this game on the road. … But then I watched Jalen Hurts dazzle and Jonathan Gannon adjust as the Birds played the Vikings on national television. There’s no way I’m picking the Commanders after that. They are 1-1 but could very well be 0-2 with losses to the Lions and Jaguars.
Still, it’s never easy when these two teams play each other. Washington gave the Eagles a brief scare last year with Garrett Gilbert at quarterback and this year’s team is much better. Carson Wentz has some legit weapons with Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Jahan Dotson. But that line isn’t in great shape and as well as Wentz is playing you can always count on him for a few bonehead plays. And on the other hand, I don’t see the Chiefs slowing down an injury and a very dangerous offense for the Eagles. The Eagles move to 3-0 and set for Doug Pederson’s Week 4 homecoming.
Eagles 27, Commanders 20
Barrett Brooks (2-0)
First, this prophecy has nothing to do with Commanders. It really comes down to the Eagles and how I think they should approach the season from this point forward. The Eagles have a very talented roster so they should prepare accordingly. They should focus on running what they are good at, and doing it well. It doesn’t matter who the Birds’ opponent is. I know this is crazy, but I won a Super Bowl with this mindset. When we played with the Steelers, we practiced like the best players in the league. On Sunday when we played, we had already practiced against the best players in the NFL. The games seemed easier than the practice. The mindset of the Eagles should be that they are playing against a bunch of unknown players on Sunday. It will be easy to win the battles Monday-Saturday and Sunday.
So back to the Washington Commanders, the offense is extremely talented at the specialist positions. I love the matchup between the Eagles’ secondary and the captains’ specialists. This is the battle I will be focusing on on Sunday.
The Chiefs’ offensive line is the weak link. On defense, the Chiefs defensive line is the strong point. Fletcher Cox and the rest of the defensive line will get to know Carson Wentz.
Eagles 31, Commanders 17
Mike Mulhern (2-0)
It can be difficult to match the same level of intensity from week to week in the NFL. Let down games happen and this is the perfect storm for the Eagles to play less than their best. It’s a short week, an emotional beat is coming, and it would be easy to get caught up in the Super Bowl buzz that’s all over the city right now. What separates good teams from great teams is the ability to come out victorious even when circumstances may say otherwise. The Eagles will show that they have made that leap on Sunday.
Carson Wentz facing his former team is the headliner, but Jalen Hurts will definitely have a bit of a chip on his shoulder facing his so-called mentor. Hurts is already in the MVP conversation and will solidify himself among the rising quarterbacks by torching a Chiefs defense that is near the bottom of the league in everything. It’s easy to be dazzled by the names ahead of Washington’s defense, but the seven goals are bad. Hurt should have another easy day in the pocket spreading the ball around and methodically marching the Birds into scores.
On the other hand, the Chiefs should be applauded for embracing what Wentz is: a home run hitter who strikes out a ton. In order to get the good (big plays), you have to live with the bad (lots of sacks and turnovers). The Colts tried to turn Wentz into a game manager, hoping to eliminate the negative plays. All they did was run the explosive potential that could exist in a passing game. In Washington, Wentz is surrounded by playmakers and is currently tied for the league lead in touchdown passes (7). However, he has a lot of fun when it comes to disaster, and he will hit too many again on Sunday.
Eagles 28, Commanders 20
Adam Hermann (2-0)
Confidence is high around this Eagles team, making Week 3 against the Chiefs the perfect time for a trap game. Carson Wentz will still be doing Carson Wentz things, but this Washington squad can be sneakily frisky and Nick Sirianni is smart to make sure his guys don’t get too comfortable.
Fortunately, between Sirianni’s thoughtful preaching and Jalen Hurts’ balanced leadership, I don’t think it will. And when you look at these two teams it’s clear that the Eagles are better, if they play like they did last week.
Washington has weapons on offense. Jahan Dotson (3 TD!) has started his NFL career red-hot, Terry McLaurin is a nightmare to overshadow, and Curtis Samuel remains fast and dynamic. Darius Slay and James Bradberry need to rebound from their stellar Week 2 performances and CJ Gardner-Johnson needs to settle into his new defensive role or this could be a shootout. I think Jonathan Gannon, who reminded last week that he is allowed to blitz, will generate enough pressure to disrupt Wentz and his happy feet. And that’s when the Eagles’ offense, one of the best units in the entire league through two weeks, goes to work and gets the job done.
Give me a poorly timed pick in the second half from Wentz and a 3-0 start for the Birds.
Eagles 30, Commanders 23
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