Commanders must win the turnover battle
Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles outgained the Washington Commanders by a full 1.5 yards per play. That is a huge number and virtually guarantees victory. But not if the side with the bigger number turns the ball over.
That is what happened last year.
Philadelphia averaged 5.6 yards-per-play to Washington’s 4.1. But the Eagles only ran 47 plays in the entire game. The Commanders ran 81.
That’s because the Eagles turned the ball over four times. One was a Jalen Hurts interception. The other three were fumbles by three different pass receivers.
Washington has a hard-hitting secondary. The likes of Kamren Curl, Darrick Forrest, and Percy Butler will need to close fast on Philadelphia's talented receivers and try to knock balls loose, as they did last season.
And it goes without saying that quarterback Sam Howell and running back Antonio Gibson will have to be more careful with the ball. It is very difficult to imagine Washington beating Philadelphia without winning the turnover battle by at least two take-aways.