Stat predictions for Eagles star A.J. Brown, two NFC East rivals during NFL's seventh week of action

  • The Eagles have a challenging matchup this week.
  • Two of their rivals, the Commanders and Giants, play each other.
  • Here are a few predictions for one player on each rival's team.
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A.J. Brown, wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles receiver DeVonta Smith is nursing a hamstring injury but has stated he will not miss Sunday's game. We'll see if the medical staff agrees. Tight end Dallas Goedert is dealing with a groin ailment that may limit him.

If Smith and Goedert are hampered by injuries, running back D'Andre Swift will be heavily involved in the passing game. Who else will Hurts target? How about one of the league's best receivers, A.J. Brown?

Since Brown made his frustrations about his lack of involvement in the passing game known on the Eagles' sideline during the Week 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings, the receiver has demonstrated his ability as a top player at his position.

Brown has 31 receptions for 564 yards and two touchdowns over the last four weeks for Philly. For the season, he is tied for fourth among players at his position with 60 targets, tied for fifth with 42 receptions, and his 672 receiving yards rank second among wideouts. He and Hurts have demonstrated why they are one of the top quarterback-wide receiver duos in the league.

The 26-year-old will need to be involved in the passing game once again if the Eagles are to win on Sunday evening. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey is rehabbing from meniscus surgery and Xavien Howard is dealing with a groin injury. Miami may struggle to cover Brown in this game without their top corner and another defensive back potentially unavailable or playing at less than 100 percent.

With a nationally televised game this weekend, Brown will aim to showcase why he is among one of the top players at his position. Look for Hurts to target him frequently to keep up with the elite Miami offense.

Statistical prediction for Brown - 12 targets, eight receptions, 114 yards, one touchdown