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Week 4 Game Preview - Commanders @ Eagles

Week 4 - Washington Commanders (2-1) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-0)


Nuts & Bolts

  • Date: October 1, 2023

  • Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

  • Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

  • How to Watch: FOX

  • Matchup History: Washington leads all-time series 88-83-6

  • Last Meeting: Washington def. Philadelphia 32-21 on 11/14/22

  • Betting Lines: Via DraftKings

    • Spread: Washington +8

    • Over/Under: 43.5

  • Prediction: Washington 13, Philadelphia 27

  • Official Game Notes: HERE

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  • Head Coach: Ron Rivera (4th season, 24-28-1 record in Washington)

  • Record: 2-1 (0-0, T-3rd in NFC East)

  • Last Time Out: Lost vs. Buffalo 37-3 on 9/24

  • Player to Watch: Cody Barton

After starting 2-0 for the first time since 2011, the Washington Commanders were humbled in Week 3’s 34 point defeat to the Buffalo Bills.

Washington’s reward? They get to travel to Philadelphia to take on the NFC Champion Eagles in the same stadium where the Commanders ended Philly’s unbeaten 8-0 start to the 2022 season.


It’s a recipe for disaster.


In Week 3’s debacle against Buffalo, the Washington offense turned it over 5 times, including 4 interceptions thrown by Quarterback Sam Howell.


Defensively, the Commanders gave up 386 yards of offense and never sacked Bills QB Josh Allen after sacking opposing quarterbacks an NFL-high ten times entering the game.


Washington does have an elite defensive line and a player in Cody Barton who has the 12th most tackles in the NFL this year (28), including 13 in the loss to Buffalo.


On offense, the Commanders generated 4.5 yards per play, and average 4.8 YPP this season. What they have to do is take much better care of the football.


Washington is currently 2nd in the NFL with 8 turnovers in 2023, and they all came in Week 1 and Week 3.


If Washington can’t clean up the turnovers on offense, it’s going to be a long afternoon at the Linc in front of the Philly faithful.

 
  • Head Coach: Nick Siriani (3rd season, 26-11 record in Philadelphia)

  • Record: 3-0 (0-0, T-1st NFC East)

  • Last Time Out: Def. Tampa Bay 25-11 on 9/25

  • Player to Watch: Jalen Hurts

Through three weeks, the Eagles look like the Eagles.


They have an offense that is generating the 6th most yards in the league (390.3 YPG), including the 2nd best rushing offense (188.3 YPG) and a top ten defense in points allowed.

This past Monday against Tampa Bay was Philly’s most dominant display yet. The Eagles unleashed newly acquired Running Back D’Andre Swift for the second straight week.


Swift had just 1 carry for 3 yards in Week 1 and he is currently 2nd in the NFL in rushing with 308 yards, trailing only Christian McCaffrey.


Against the Bucs, Philadelphia racked up 472 yards of offense, including 201 on the ground, which is actually less than they had in the Week 2 win against Minnesota (259 - 2nd most in a game by a team this season).


To end the game, Philly mounted a 15 play drive that took the remaining 9:22 of the game to seal a victory. The marathon drive included three third down conversions and Swift never even touched the field.


Let me say that another way: the Eagles did not use their best rusher in the game-sealing drive that took over half a quarter of time off the clock.


Philadelphia has the makings of a team poised to make another championship run and a visiting Commanders team that ended its perfect start to the 2022 season.

The Eagles will be as motivated as ever to continue the hot start and move to 4-0.


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