The showdown everyone’s been waiting for — Jalen Hurts vs. Carson Wentz.
For the first time since Wentz’s trade, Philadelphia’s former franchise quarterback will play the team he once led, after returning to the NFC East. The Commanders, who are 1-1, will get home field advantage as they take on the Eagles, who are one of six teams to remain undefeated.
So, who takes the win?
EAGLES VS. COMMANDERS
The Eagles are flying high after defeating the Minnesota Vikings last week during Monday Night Football.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts was a dual-threat, proving critics that his arm accuracy has improved and his legs remain strong. After Week 2, the 24-year-old moved up in NFL QB rankings and now lies in the top ten (No. 9).
Philadelphia’s receiving corps is strong, and the offensive line remains No. 1 throughout the league. The defense picked up after Week 1, and there were no holes in Jonathan Gannon’s game plan last week. T.J. Edwards and Darius Slay have been at the forefront, and once Haason Reddick gets going, the defense is going to be difficult to overcome this season.
The Eagles’ downfall is the penalties they continue to accumulate. It’s still early in the season and there’s certainly time to improve, but the team is losing valuable yardage.
The Commanders’ roster is less talented than the Eagles so they are going to have to play really well on Sunday if they want to pull out a win.
Whether you liked or didn’t like Carson Wentz as an Eagle, he’s a good quarterback. He’s put up 300+ yards in each game so far this season, and he will likely continue to do that. He’s currently up one, ranked 17th among other quarterbacks, and though that doesn’t seem great, Wentz is tied for the most touchdown passes so far (7).
He will have the help of playmakers Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samual, and Jahan Dotson.
Though the offense has been moving the ball, Washington’s defense is struggling. They are ranked 27th throughout the league, and have allowed 7.5 yards per carry — the worst through two games by any NFL team since 1951. The defense is without Casey Toohill and Daniel Wise, and James Smith-Williams and David Mayo remain questionable.
WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS
Sunday’s game will be a good match-up, and fans will get a good taste of how the NFC East teams fare against each other.
Despite the Eagles being on the road, their confidence after last week is at an all-time high. Philadelphia is 15-10 at FedEx Field, winning four times in the last five years. Their fanbase will also have an immense presence, given the proximity to Philly.
The Eagles will pull out the win, and will lead the NFC East 3-0.
Score prediction: Eagles 27, Commanders 20