Philadelphia Eagles won’t see longtime rival in Week 11, what it means

Odell Beckham Jr. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Odell Beckham Jr. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Eagles will avoid a longtime nemesis in Week 11.

When the New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman made the decision to move on from Odell Beckham Jr. and ship him off to an AFC team, that was music to the ears of every fan of the other three NFC East teams. That includes the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Washington Football Team for the uninitiated.

In nine career games versus the Eagles while wearing that ugly blue uniform, OBJ’s Giants teams have gone 1-8, but make no mistake about it. Beckham was always a problem as he hauled in 61 receptions for 732 yards and six trips to the end zone.

Beckham being a part of the Cleveland Browns roster means that Philly only has to deal with him once every four years now, and in 2020, OBJ’s reintroduction to Jim Schwartz and the Eagles’ defense was scheduled for Week 11. It was obvious that after he helped tack another loss on the Dallas Cowboys earlier in the season that his knack for terrorizing his former rivals hadn’t gone dormant.

Take a look at this clip which is courtesy of the NFL’s official YouTube channel. It gets better every time.

As great as that was, it looks even cooler knowing that it came against Dallas. Unfortunately, due to a season-ending injury NFL fans will have to wait to see any more live highlights from OBJ on the field of play.

Here’s what Philadelphia Eagles fans can expect versus the Browns now.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard by now that OBJ’s run during the 2020 season is over. Following a Baker Mayfield interception by Darius Phillips in the first quarter of the Browns second game versus the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020, Beckham, as you’d expect, did all that he could to make a tackle.

Gee. All of these wide receivers going all out to make tackles isn’t making Nickell Robey-Coleman look any better, but hey. That’s not the point though. What matters in the short term is this. OBJ sustained a torn ACL on Sunday that will end his season. Couple that with a core muscle injury that he battled through in 2019, and his future in Cleveland might be in question.

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As far as 2020’s regular season goes, his injury, on a smaller scale, means his next game versus the ‘Birds’ will wait. Though he’s had some brilliant performances versus Philly, his teams haven’t been as dominant as, say, the Seattle Seahawks have been versus Philadelphia with Russel Wilson at the helm, but Eagles fans aren’t going to complain about OBJ’s absence or the fact that there’s one less Browns offensive weapon to worry about.

The Eagles will still have their hands full with Rashard Higgins, Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Kareem Hunt, and David Njoku on offense while trying to limit the impact guys like Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson, and Denzel Ward have when the Browns defense is on the field.

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The Browns seem to have finally found the right coach in Kevin Stefanski. Have they found the right quarterback? The jury is still out on that one, but before Philly can figure that out or game plan for a scrappy Cleveland team, they have to prepare for two division rivals in Week 8 and in Week 10. The 2020 NFL season is certainly flying by, but with each passing day, storylines continue to be added. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.