Football is finally slated to return this week after a period of relative uncertainty related to the way the Coronavirus pandemic would alter the course of the league. The Philadelphia Eagles will make their 2020 debut against the Washington Football Team, who are currently using an interim name until they settle on a new one.
One element of the game to watch closely is how effective the offensive line proves to be. If we can draw any conclusions from last year, much of the Birds’ success moving forward will hinge on the offensive line’s ability to protect Carson Wentz. Notably, Jason Peters has decided to play the season at left tackle despite being signed with the intention of filling a guard spot. The loss of Andre Dillard to a season-ending injury simply forced the Eagles hand on this one.
Running back Miles Sanders is a fantasy darling going into this season, and he has the chance to prove it right away during week 1. The Eagles are counting on his playmaking ability in light of several injuries across the rest of the offense. Washington’s counter will likely be a combination of backs but one to keep an eye on is Antonio Gibson, a rookie who flashed immense athletic ability across camp. Many suspected that he could take the starting job sooner rather than later and those suspicions were given further weight following the Washington Football Team’s decision to cut ties with veteran Adrian Peterson.
This season is still projected to be one for a rebuild in Washington, with new head coach Ron Rivera at the helm. Dwayne Haskins is still young and relatively unproven but if there’s one offensive weapon to worry about for Washington it is second -year receiver Terry McLaurin, affectionately known as Scary Terry. He found surprising receiving success as a rookie and should only improve with another year under his belt to develop chemistry with Haskins. Meanwhile, the Eagles will be grasping at straws beyond Ertz who should get targets early and often in this game.
The Eagles are fortunate to have a matchup on the easier side for week 1. I think if Wentz is reasonably protected, he will be able to make enough plays down the stretch to secure a victory. I’ll take the Eagles over the Washington Football team 24-16.
Make sure to catch the clash between these teams at 1 pm eastern this Sunday, September 13th. Find an update on the Eagles’ injuries heading into the season here.