The Philadelphia Eagles defense has gone through a six-week stretch where they have given up an average of 17 points per game. That’s a solid number for a defense and one Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis is pleased with.
They are playing bend but don’t break football by giving up yards in chunks but tightening up in the red zone and holding teams to field goal. But unlike last season, they are also forcing turnovers.
The Eagles are in for a big challenge on Sunday afternoon. The Washington Redskins come in with the 6th ranked offensive attack in the entire league, and a major reason for that is Robert Griffin III‘s return to form. He looked like a shell of himself early on in the season, running around with a limp and lacking zip on his throws. Slowly but surely he has rounded into form and it has helped the Redskins offense flourish.
Besides, having a dominant running attack that features himself and power back Alfred Morris he also relies on two explosive weapons in the passing game with wide receiver Pierre Garcon and young upstart tight end Jordan Reed. Reed has been a mismatch nightmare for linebackers and uses his 6-foot-2 245-pound frame to bully defensive backs and linebackers in the red zone.
The emergence of Reed has added a whole new dynamic to the Redskins offense. Someone for the Eagles must account for him in the middle of the field or it could be a long day. The always dangerous Garcon will also have to be a key focus.
We also can’t forget about Morris. He is among the league leaders in rushing despite the Redskins already having their bye week and leads the league in yards per carry. The Eagles will certainly have their hands full on Sunday.
If they want to finally snap that home losing streak and take control of the NFC East the defense will have to be at the top of their game.