FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Redskins' passing attack has been horrific all season in 2019, and rookie Dwayne Haskins is not yet able to compensate for the absence of creativity in the team's passing attack along with a lack of pass-catching talent on the outside (aside from Terry McLaurin.) Washington's low-volume passing attack ranks dead-last in the NFL in total yardage, and the 12-to-12 touchdown-to-interception ratio is equally uninspiring. Terry McLaurin has been the lone bright spot for Washington on offense this season. The rookie third-round pick out of Ohio State leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns, without anyone on the roster within striking distance of any of his totals. In recent weeks, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims have emerged as viable secondary options for Haskins through the air; however, neither has been strong enough to warrant any consideration in fantasy. Washington's mediocre offensive line, which ranks 18th in Matt Bitonti's rankings, has done their rookie quarterback no favors this season, and he will likely continue to struggle down the stretch.
Since the return of Jalen Mills, coupled with a softer schedule in recent weeks, Philadelphia's defensive metrics against the pass have improved dramatically. The Eagles still grade as a middle-of-the-pack unit in the NFL, ranking either 17th or 18th in the league in pass attempts defended, total pass yardage allowed, and net yards per attempt allowed. These marks are dramatic improvements from their early-season levels that had them ranked amongst the league's worst pass defenses, but all is not rainbows and sunshine for the Eagles against the pass at this point. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham shoulder the load for the Eagles in the trenches, as defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has a clear aversion to sending additional blitzers to help apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Cox and Graham have impressed, but they get little support elsewhere, resulting in one of the league's lowest hurry rates. In the secondary, while Malcolm Jenkins, Avante Maddox, and Jalen Mills have been strong in coverage, Ronald Darby has been horrific. In last week's game against the New York Giants, Darby was burnt twice by Darius Slayton for touchdowns, and in the game before that, DeVante Parker made it look easy racking up over 100 receiving yards and multiple scores against Darby. This weekend, Darby will likely line up across from Terry McLaurin for the majority of the afternoon, leaving the Eagles' secondary heavily exposed against one of the league's most promising young receivers. On the whole, Philadelphia's pass defense is a respectable unit that struggles to apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Should rookie Dwayne Haskins elect to throw at Ronald Darby, as both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Eli Manning have done frequently and with great success in recent weeks, he could be in for a nice afternoon.