The Philadelphia Eagles will get a heavy dose of Allen in Week 9.
Much of the 2021-2022 season looks like the Eagles’ 2017-2018 campaign. Another franchise quarterback is entering his second season. Expectations aren’t terribly high. Philly’s playing the four members of both the AFC West and the NFC South. In other words, there’s a game versus the Los Angeles Chargers on the schedule, a team that we forget to stop calling ‘San Diego’ sometimes.
The Chargers have a sophomore quarterback of their own, one Justin Herbert, who earned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and a spot on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team in 2020. He and his best wideout, Keenan Allen are on this list.
Darius Slay will be in a battle every week, but he has one thing working in his favor. On paper, it just feels like the Philadelphia Eagles will be seeing some inconsistent play from the quarterback position. Sure, they face six guys that were taken in the top five during their respective drafts, but as good as some of the guys that they have to throw to are, it won’t matter if their signal-callers can’t get them the ball.
For that reason, Philly’s games versus the Chargers and Raiders edge their games versus the Denver Broncos (Drew Lock and Jerry Jeudy) the Detroit Lions (Jared Goff and Breshad Perriman), and the San Francisco 49ers (Jimmy Garoppolo and Deebo Samuel/Brandon Aiyuk).
You wonder if Lock, Goff, and Garoppolo can get the ball into the hands of their wideouts enough. You’d also have to think that Herbert to Allen combo won’t have any issues.