Philadelphia Eagles schedule: 5 Toughest matchups for Darius Slay

Darius Slay #24, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles will need maximum effort from Darius Say in 2021.

There are truly no breaks in the NFL. Every week, the Philadelphia Eagles have a tussle. Once one is done, players and coaches can’t get too high after a win or too low after a loss. Why? It’s simple. Another game is less than seven days away normally, and if they’re still thinking about what happened in their last game, they’re sure to hang another loss on the ledger.

With 22 men on the playing field, every football play can be won or lost by the smallest miscalculation: a guy runs a wrong route, a quarterback makes a bad throw, someone stumbles or reacts too late.

Many of the Eagles’ games in 2021 will be won or lost by one factor, whether or not the Birds’ secondary can stop the other team’s quarterback and passing attack. That’s why Darius Slay makes so much money. He’ll be tasked with shadowing the other team’s best receiver on a week-in and week-out basis.

Here are Big Play’s five toughest matchups during the 2021-2022 season. That Week 1 tilt versus Julio Jones definitely would have made the cut, but seeing as how we don’t know if Jones will be playing for the Atlanta Falcons this season, we’ll put an asterisk by that one and put that game in the ‘honorable mention’ category. Here’s how the list shakes up after that.