Which Philadelphia Eagles must the Washington Commanders keep quiet to stand any chance of an upset win in Week 4 at Lincoln Financial Field?
Stopping the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field is something the Washington Commanders achieved in Week 10 last season. Head coach Ron Rivera's team succeeded by keeping quarterback Jalen Hurts and his No. 1 receiver, A.J. Brown, under wraps.
The Commanders must adopt the same formula, but silencing the Hurts and Brown double act is just one part of the equation. Washington also needs a plan for containing an Eagles' game-wrecker on the other side of the ball, an interior defensive lineman capable of savaging a suspect offensive line beaten frequently through three games this campaign.
Changing the blocking schemes has to be a focus for offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, but the Commanders' gameplan should start with limiting Hurts. With this in mind, here are three players Washington must keep quiet to stand any chance of success in Week 4.
Jalen Hurts poses two problems for Commanders
Any team preparing to stop Jalen Hurts has to plan for his skills as a runner, without ignoring his talents as a passer. Throwing the football hasn't yielded great numbers for the quarterback so far in 2023, just 6.9 yards per attempt and a 39.6 percent pass completion success rate through three weeks.
Hurts is still seeking chemistry with his receivers, but when he's been on, the fourth-year signal-caller has made big plays. Like this 34-yard touchdown connection with Olamide Zaccheaus against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Philadelphia Eagles are waiting for greater accuracy and consistency from their QB1, but Hurts is tough enough to hang in the pocket and still deliver a picture-perfect throw under intense pressure. Something the Washington Commanders defense needs to limit by putting pressure on the former second-round pick and adding extra assurance in coverage.