FBG says: Neutral matchup. Back-to-back soft matchups have provided a much-needed boost to Philadelphia's season-long passing totals. As a high-volume passing attack, the Eagles' 22-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio is strong, yet their 5.7 net yards per attempt still ranks just 24th in the league. A plethora of injuries to the team's receiving corps has left Carson Wentz with a lack of viable weapons on the outside. Last weekend, following a mid-game injury to Alshon Jeffery, the Eagles had only two active wide receivers available, rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward, Jr. Arcega-Whiteside's struggles on the outside have been obvious throughout his rookie season, but Greg Ward, Jr. tallied 9 targets in the game. The primary beneficiary for the Eagles without Alshon Jeffery in the fold has been Zach Ertz. Without Jeffery, Ertz averages 12 targets, over 8 receptions and 80 yards per game this season. Expect Philadelphia's top tight end to continue to dominate while Dallas Goedert, the team's number-two tight end, plays a significant role in the passing game on short screen-type plays designed to take advantage of his top-end athleticism at the position.
The Washington Redskins typically face very little volume through the air, defending the fifth-fewest pass attempts of any team in the NFL this season. However, when teams do elect to throw the ball against the Redskins, they find reasonable success, with 23 touchdowns on the season to go along with 6.3 net yards per attempt, which rank 22nd and 18th in the league, respectively. This defense is a tail of two extremes, with a few top-end producers supported by a handful of horrific pass defenders. Along the defensive line, Matt Ioannidis and Ryan Kerrigan lead the way pressuring the opposing quarterback. Ioannidis has tallied 8.5 sacks on the season, while Kerrigan has 5.5 to his name. Then, in the secondary, Quinton Dunbar has had one of the most impressive 2019 seasons of any cornerback in the NFL. Dunbar locks down his half of the field on a weekly basis, and he also ranks third in the NFL with four interceptions on the year. However, elsewhere, these three get little help. At linebacker, Jon Bostic is one of the league's weakest coverage linebackers, leaving the defense exposed against both running backs and tight ends in the passing game. Additionally, Landon Collins, the team's marquee offseason acquisition, has been disappointing against the pass this season after a string of impressive seasons in New York. Overall, this unit has faced a notably easy schedule in recent weeks to bolster its season-long metrics against the pass. The pass-defending personnel on Washington's roster leads one to believe that they are susceptible against the pass when the opposition steers clear of targeting Quinton Dunbar. Given Philadelphia's lack of healthy and viable receivers, they should have no trouble avoiding Dunbar in coverage, and Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert could be primed for top-end receiving days against Washington's weak pass-defending group of linebackers.