The Eagles’ defense has another tough test with this Commanders offense.
One minute, the Commanders are operating on offense and there isn’t much happening. The next, they seemingly catch fire, and they become very difficult to stop. Make no mistake about it. This is another opportunity to evaluate the Eagles’ defense versus a unit with playmakers in key positions.
Terry McLaurin. wide receiver
Here’s more evidence that the NFL Draft isn’t an exact science. In 2019, Terry McLaurin was a third-round draft choice. Now, in his fourth season, he’s one of the NFL’s best players at the wide receiver position (and one of the richest).
Antonio Gibson, running back
As expected, Antonio Gibson leads the Commanders in rushing yards. What wasn’t expected is he only has 88 after two weeks. Then again, when you’re getting blown out on the road in Week 2, abandoning a consistent running game becomes a major part of the game plan.
Curtis Samuel, wide receiver
Curtis Samuel is tied with McLaurin for the Commanders’ team lead in receiving yards despite catching nine more passes, but the latter is also tied for the team lead in total touchdowns. Washington has no issue with finding creative ways to get Samuel the ball either. On the year, he has five rushing attempts that have resulted in 38 yards, and one of his three trips to the end zone doubles as Washington’s only rushing TD of the year.
Jahan Dotson, wide receiver
Like Samuel, Jahan Dotson has three touchdowns on the season. All of the Dotson’s have come by way of the passing game. It’s only been two outings, but the future looks bright for this rookie.
Logan Thomas, tight end
One of the easiest ways to attack Jonathan Gannon’s defense in 2022 was by exploiting the second level of the Eagles’ defense with capable tight end play. The Birds have been much better at limiting the damage in 2022, but Logan Thomas is no slouch. Keep an eye on him.