The Philadelphia Eagles veterans will carry the team in Week 1.
When the Eagles and Redskins kick off Week 1 on September 13th, Philadelphia should be the more prepared team thanks, in large part, to continuity rather than preparation. The Redskins, who might not even be known as the “Redskins” come Week 1, will enter the 2020 season with a new head coach, question marks at quarterback, and a young core.
The Eagles on the other hand have a cemented franchise quarterback, a veteran defense, and are the only team within the NFC East with continuity at the head coaching position. Sure, Dwayne Haskins is tweeting videos of him working out every day, but if he can’t adjust to the changes of Ron Rivera’s gameplan with what might be a limited training camp time and shortened preseason, Kyle Allen, who’s played 15 games under Rivera, could actually be the guy come Week 1.
The Redskins have a clear cut top receiver in Terry McLaurin, but after that, who knows who the difference makers are? In the backfield, Adrian Peterson is 35 years old, and Derrius Guice has started one game since being drafted in 2018. The left side of the offensive line is being rebuilt. On defense, the front four is the strength of the team. The linebackers aren’t great, and the secondary added Ronald Darby. That’s all you need to know about that.
The Redskins will have one of the younger teams in the league, while the Eagles will once again be fielding one of the older teams, but this go around it could be of benefit to Philly. This 2020 season will be about veteran winning organizations rather than the next up and coming contender. With the Eagles being one of four teams in the NFL to make the postseason three seasons in a row, fans can expect the winning ways to continue and for the Eagles to roll in Week 1.