Philadelphia Eagles versus Washington: 5 Matchups to watch in Week 1

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Several subplots in Week 1 could determine the Philadelphia Eagles’ success.

Those elimination pools at the office might look a little sketchy when the curtain falls on the NFL’s first week of action, but if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you don’t care about any of that. All you care about is going 1-0 on the 2020 NFL season, and if you’re like most football pundits, you’re probably of the mindset that a game versus the Washington Football Team could make those dreams a reality.

Hold on a second. Let’s back up because stating that a 1-0 start is the only worry for a ‘Birds’ fan would be erroneous. It’s been a while since we’ve had this much to talk about.

Will Jalen Reagor play? What if those Eagles receivers aren’t that good? How is Lane Johnson feeling? What about Javon Hargrave, Will Parks, and Quez Watkins? When will they be ready? Is this team trading Alshon Jeffery or not? Who in the heck would take him? What if Jason Peters gets out there and looks like the 38-year-old he is?

Yep, there are so many subplots heading into 2020 that each one deserves its own story, but right now, there’s only one that really counts. The Eagles should win this first game, but if they’re to do so, there are several games within the game that will ensure that happens. Here are five.

If Philly can win these matchups, the score will take care of itself. If they falter, next week will be a long one. Here’s what to watch in for D.C. in no particular order.