The Philadelphia Eagles had not better underestimate Washington in Week 1.
The closer we get, the better it sounds. There will be an NFL season in 2020, and it’s almost here. The Philadelphia Eagles will take the train up to Maryland to take on the Washington Football team in their Week 1 matchup. Quarterback Carson Wentz is healthy (or pretty close to it), and he will have a competent wide receiver corps to throw the ball to.
DeSean Jackson is also healthy after injuries and surgery derailed his 2019 season. The one game in which he was fully healthy was coincidentally the ‘Birds’ Week 1 matchup against Washinton. In that one, ‘D-Jax’ toasted their secondary with eight catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Wouldn’t it be great if he could repeat that kind of performance this year?
Many things will be different this time around. Last year, the Eagles played their season opener in their own home turf. This year, they will have to play at FedExField. There won’t be any fans in attendance, so that will likely nullify whatever home-field advantage Washington might have had. Who knows though as Philly’s fans commandeered their stadium in 2019.
What’s also working against Washington is the fact they have an entirely new identity under new head coach Ron Rivera after they dismissed Jay Gruden in the middle of the 2019 season. The former Carolina Panthers head coach had to install a whole new vision, offense, and defense without the luxury of Organized Team Activities and the preseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Still, this Eagles squad had better take this Washington team seriously as they do have some talent across the board, and if we’re being honest, it’s not like Philly doesn’t possess some deficiencies of their own. With that being said, here are ten Washington standouts that could spoil Philly’s regular-season opener.