Eagles 2023 opponents who have gotten worse this offseason

Haason Reddick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles sacks Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizonan Cardinals (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Haason Reddick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles sacks Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizonan Cardinals (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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Daron Payne #94 of the Washington Commanders(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

team. 58. . . . Washington Commanders.

The Eagles can expect Washington to be the same inconsistent team that they have been for a while.

It may be a slight stretch to say the Washington Commanders got worse during this offseason, but they didn’t get better. That’s why they’re on this list. Make no mistake about it. They’re being mentioned because they deserve to be.

Think back to last season. Heading into Week 10, some theories suggested the Eagles might end the season with an undefeated record. The Commanders exploited Philly’s biggest weakness, their inability to stop the run, and they dominated time of possession and forced turnovers en route to a 32-21 win and Philadelphia’s first regular-season loss.

Washington’s biggest highlight this offseason was resigning Daron Payne. He has been a key piece to the Eagles’ defensive line. The Commanders also retained safety Jeremy Reaves, cornerback Danny Johnson, and linebacker Efe Obada.

Three of their biggest losses in free agency were quarterback Taylor Heinicke, linebacker Cole Holcomb, and safety Bobby McCain. Heinicke may never prove to be a franchise quarterback, but his teammates believed in him and respected him. He often found a way to will the team to a win.

Holcomb proved to be one of Washington’s best linebackers. He collected 388 tackles, 4.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and three interceptions in four seasons. McCain stuck his head in on 139 tackles while snagging four interceptions and a pick-six in two seasons with the team.

The Commanders picked up Jacoby Brissett to compete with Sam Howell for the starting quarterback position. They added Andrew Wylie to help shore up the offensive line, but there’s always the constant dark cloud of chaos hanging over this team. They don’t just have issues on the roster. There are off-field issues as well.

We have yet to see if the team will be sold. Everything about this team screams negative press and controversy.