The Eagles are the lone NFL team to be undefeated.
Entering their ninth contest, Philadelphia fans are ecstatic. The Eagles have risen to every challenge along the way. They enter Week ten against their divisional rival, the Washington Commanders. They quickly dismantled them in week three, burying them 24-8. Philadelphia dominated on both sides of the ball, with Jalen Hurts racking up 340 yards and three touchdowns, while their defense sacked former Eagle Carson Wentz nine times.
Their second matchup may prove to be more difficult. The Eagles are coming off a less-than-emphatic victory against the Houston Texans and will get every team’s best punches.
We will examine three bold predictions for the Eagles’ upcoming divisional matchup.
The Trenches Catapult Sanders To An Explosive Performance.
Miles Sanders has had a breakout campaign.
In his fourth season as a pro, the Eagles’ lead running back has been magnificent. He has already racked up a phenomenal 656 rushing yards, six touchdowns in just eight contests, and 21 carries over ten yards.
Sanders’ first matchup against the Commanders was largely underwhelming. Their lead running back finished the game with just 46 yards from 15 attempts. In addition, he made no impact in the receiving game, with his only catch netting negative yards.
Since that matchup, Sanders has averaged 86.8 yards rushing per contest. Furthermore, he has reached the end-zone five times in that same span, seemingly gaining momentum and confidence with each carry. Although Washington has a commanding defensive front, the Eagles also have the most dominant offensive line in the NFL.
Sanders will explode in this game. Buoyed by an elite offensive line, he will burst through multiple large holes and penetrate a speedy defensive front of the Commanders. As a result, we credit his rushing ability and the incredible consistency of his bulldozers up front.
Week Ten: 18 Carries, 126 Yards, 2 TD – 2 Catches, 26 Yards.
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C.J. Gardner Johnson Goes Five Straight Games With A Pick
C.J. Gardner-Johnson is on a tear.
The Eagles’ late off-season trade acquisition has been incredible. He has five interceptions already, which leads the NFL. All of these have come in the last four games, with at least one per contest.
The former New Orleans Saint defender has contributed in a variety of ways. His playmaking has been game-changing on multiple occasions. He has notched a sack, 11 PFF credited stops, and six passes defended.
Gardner-Johnson is an instinctive ball-hawk. His skillset allows him to expertly read a quarterback’s eyes and break on their errant passes. In a matchup against Taylor Heinecke, this should be no different. As shown by their nine-sack performance in their first matchup, the Eagles should be able to take advantage of a suspect offensive line and generate pressure from their front four. As a result, Heinecke will need to hurry his throws, and there should be ample opportunity for Gardner-Johnson to anticipate at least one of them into a game-breaking play.
Week 10 – 7 tackles, 1 INT
Haason Reddick Has A Signature Sizzling Sack Parade
Haason Reddick has been dominant.
In this young season, the former Carolina Panther has made his mark in Philadelphia. The 6’1″, 240-pound edge defender has already notched 27 quarterback pressures and 5.5 sacks, as well as three forced fumbles.
The strip-sack machine has made a habit of mind-blowing performances. For example, in Week 13 of 2020, he forced three fumbles and had five sacks for the Cardinals in their blowout win against the New York Giants. In 2021, he had five games with 1.5 sacks or more.
The Eagles’ dominant edge rusher will face Charles Leno Jr. and Cornelius Lucas this week. Both tackles have allowed four sacks each and 20 or more pressures. Thus, Reddick will likely move between both edges, allowing him to exploit the two matchups.
We expect Reddick to sizzle. So the Commanders best devote some attention to him in this one.
Week 10: 4 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks, 2 FF, 10 Pressures.
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