December 3, 2023

Eagles vs. Commanders Game Preview (9/25)


Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a 26-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Week three of the NFL is here as the Eagles get set to take on the Washington Commanders for the first time since the name change. The Eagles have started off the season red hot, taking down the Lions 38-35, and the Vikings 24-7. The first divisional matchup of the year should prove to be a test for Jalen Hurts and the Eagles.

Perhaps the most surprising player so far for the Eagles has been Jalen Hurts. Last season Hurts was not terrible by any means, but he simply wasn’t a good quarterback. He was outstanding when using his legs scoring 10 rushing touchdowns last year. However, he couldn’t be consistent with his passing game. This doesn’t just include arm strength and accuracy, but his ability to read the defense as well. So far through two games, Hurts has improved greatly on his passing game. Last game he was the first player in NFL history to throw for 300+ yards, on 80%+ cmp, and have multiple rushing touchdowns. This was the definition of killing them with both his arms and his legs. If Jalen Hurts can keep this level of play up throughout the season, he could very well be a top 10 quarterback in the NFL. 

Another very surprising player to start the season has been Commander’s quarterback, Carson Wentz. Despite losing to the Lions last week, Carson Wentz is second in the league in passing yards, and tied for first in passing touchdowns. While this is impressive, the one thing we have to keep in mind is he beat the Jaguars, and most of his stats against the Lions came in garbage time. Even so, this is the best start to a season that Wentz has had in a long time. This will be his first time ever playing the Eagles, adding a lot of emotional factors to this game. 

This quarterback matchup will be one for the ages even if they’re not two of the best quarterbacks in the league. The Eagles are heavily favored in this matchup, but you can’t sleep on a fired up Wentz. Let’s hope our defense can shut him down just as they did Kirk Cousins, and lead us to a week 3 victory in Washington.

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