Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is well on his way to having his best season as a professional. He has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark with three games to play, and is within about 75 yards of his best receiving yards total. In addition, not only is Jackson catching the ball and racking up yards, but he’s scoring points. He’s already posted eight touchdowns on the season, one away from his highest season total to date.
Chances are Jackson will finish the season with his highest totals in many receiving categories including receptions, which he has already reached with 65. Breaking out against the Minnesota Vikings is a likely possibility and something that he needs to get back on track.
After two slow weeks of football, Jackson is in need to a breakout week to add to his totals and to make the Philadelphia pass attack a viable option again. Nick Foles has done an amazing job at spreading the ball around, but at the end of the day, Jackson is the no. 1 receiver for the Eagles and they need him to produce as such.
The snow last week slowed down everyone’s production, but playing on the fast, artificial, indoor surface favors to the strengths of Jackson, who will try to take advantage of the defense with speed.
It seems that the matchup with Minnesota is coming at just the right time for Jackson. The Vikings have allowed more completed passes and passing touchdowns than any other team in the NFL. Both stats provide a light at the end of the tunnel for the Eagles’ top receiver. In addition, Minnesota gives up the second-highest amount of points per game in the league, which can’t be a bad sign for the Eagles trying to get Jackson in the end zone.
Jackson will be a key to Philadelphia’s success on the road, and is dealing with a tough matchup against a team that can certainly be underestimated. In addition, his involvement on special teams becomes multi-dimensional in the fact that he is due for a return, which has become a staple of his game over the years. Don’t be surprised to see Jackson have a breakout week, proving that Chip Kelly’s offense is truly a perfect fit for him.