Week 17 Reality Checks: Washington vs Eagles
By Tim Payne
4. The Reality Is, the Eagles are due for regression.
The Reality Is, Philadelphia has played one of the easiest schedules in the entire NFL this season. They’ve also gotten the benefit of extra rest at key points and have ridden a stable of mediocre backs to the highest rushing totals in the league.
Washington weirdly didn’t sell out to stop the run in their first bout with Philly this season. Expect them to do so on Sunday. The Eagles aren’t a playoff-quality roster and it’s unlikely they hold on to that 7th seed in the NFC without continued out-kicking of their coverage from an offensive standpoint.
If Washington isn’t able to contribute to a “right-sizing” of the Philadelphia running attack, the resiliency and stability of the football culture Ron Rivera has been seeking to build might reasonably be questioned. Expect improvement from Washington in this area. Expect Kam Curl to help lock down Dallas Goedert and force Jalen Hurts into something closer to his 62% season-average passing rather than the 76% he achieved last time these teams met. Expect Washington’s defense to make Philadelphia look a little more like what they are this week: a decent offensive team with a lot of holes.