January 27, 2023

Washington Commanders and Philadelphia Eagles meet on Monday Night Football

(From left) Montez Sweat, James Smith-Williams, and Jonathan Allen

(From still left) Montez Sweat, James Smith-Williams, and Jonathan Allen
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The Washington Commanders’ strongest unit is their defensive line. Even devoid of Chase Younger, the team is significant, athletic, and reliable. On Monday Evening Soccer tonight they will be likely up against a crew with one of the strongest offenses in the NFL — the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles.

In their 7 days 3 matchup, injuries reduce into the Commanders’ defensive line depth with three players out, which includes recent sack leader Daron Payne. Tack on two setting up defensive backs also inactive for that sport, and the Eagles KO’d the Commanders by halftime. They didn’t run the ball well, but Jalen Hurts was excellent as a passer, throwing for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns. Carson Wentz was the opposite. He averaged 4.9 yards for every move attempt and threw for no touchdowns despite his team currently being down 24- at halftime.

That unattractive 24-8 defeat was aspect of a 4-game losing streak to give the Commanders a 1-5 begin to the season, but they’ve been much far better of late. They have received three of their last four online games, and last week grew to become just one of the several teams left scratching their heads after a 1-rating reduction to the Minnesota Vikings.

What has sparked this turnaround is their defense. For each DVOA (Defense-modified Value Over Typical), they have the 12th-most effective defense in the NFL and are No. 2 from the run. They are also a person of only two teams in the NFL to have five gamers with a few or much more complete sacks on the year.

That move hurry was all over Cousins in 7 days 9 versus the Vikings. If the Commanders don’t get referred to as for an illegal speak to on a very long snapper penalty late in the fourth quarter, they get the ball back again, at household, with just beneath two minutes remaining, and only down 3 factors.

The Commanders’ protection has not supplied up a lot more than 20 details considering the fact that a 21-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans in 7 days 5. A ferocious overall performance in 7 days 6 in Chicago forced the Bears to re-assess their overall offensive plan immediately after a 12-7 decline, and flip into 1 of the most explosive models in the NFL.

Since the Eagles’ big Sunday Night Soccer earn against the Dallas Cowboys in 7 days 6, they have faced the Houston Texans, the Pittsburgh Steelers (without having T.J. Watt), and experienced their BYE week. The truth that they are the only undefeated team still left in the NFL is spectacular, but they haven’t performed elite competition because just before the NBA common year tipped off. Now the Eagles have to go up against a division rival that has seen them the moment, and is a significantly much healthier workforce than they were being back again in September.

Of study course the Eagles have a remarkable benefit on offense, with much superior quarterback enjoy and a sturdy dashing assault. The Commanders haven’t been in a position to persistently operate the ball all time and their setting up quarterback is at this time Taylor Heinicke.

But the Commanders do share one particular commonality on offense with the Eagles. They also have two dynamic playmakers at large receiver with Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel Jr. If the Commanders defensive line shuts down the operate like it did from the Eagles in 7 days 3, and is ready to do a much better career of made up of Hurts with a lot more balanced bodies to toss at him, this could be the 7 days that Eagles eventually catch an L in the loss column.