3 Reasons Eagles have a legitimate shot at sweeping their NFC East rivals

Jalen Hurts #1, DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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Carson Wentz (L), Jalen Hurts (R), Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz (L), Jalen Hurts (R), Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Carson Wentz’s return to Lincoln Financial Field will be emotional, but the Eagles should still win that game in Week 10.

Year after year, every schedule release comes with certainties. Here’s one of the most obvious and unnecessary statements that you’ll ever read. The Philadelphia Eagles, as they have done for what seems like forever, will face the Washington Commanders twice during the coming campaign.

They’ve locked horns since long before many of us knew what football was. They’ll do so long after we’re gone. Occasionally, certain factors add to the rivalry, such as a former franchise quarterback landing on the other roster.

Raise your hand if you’re old enough to remember September 18th of the 2020 NFL season, and it made you SICK to watch Randall Cunningham throw on a Dallas Cowboys jersey and lead them to victory over Washington in primetime on Monday Night Football.

Almost 22 years later, here we are. During the 2022-2023 NFL season, Philly meets their longtime rivals in Week 3 on the road and in Week 10 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Carson Wentz dynamic clearly adds to the intrigue. There will be conversations about how he’ll be received. He seems to be ready for whatever happens, but in the end, this should be a game the Birds should win.

Despite his addition to the roster, we aren’t sure that Wentz is better than Taylor Heinicke. What we are sure of is this.

The Eagles were a playoff team a season ago. Washington wasn’t. The Eagles, following free agency and the most recent NFL Draft, are a better team than they were last February. We don’t know that to be true about the Commanders.

The Eagles are just as good if not better than Washington at every position. It’s for that reason that, after sweeping them last season, the Birds should (and probably will) extend their winning streak over the Commanders to four games after their two-game tilt this season. Here’s why it’s possible that Philly can produce a 6-0 record versus the NFC East.