Week 4 Matchups- Eagles Offense vs. Redskins Defense

The Eagles offense is still nowhere near a playoff level outside of the 2nd half in Atlanta they’ve been flat out awful on that side of the ball.  Ryan Mathews willed his way to 100 yards on Sunday without starter Demarco Murray.  Darren Sproles is still a huge piece of this team and words can’t describe his impact.  The outside receivers are still a huge concern and Jordan Matthews is really the only one who can get open consistently.  Sam Bradford is still shaking off the cobwebs and can hopefully keeping taking strides forward.  Right guard Andrew Gardner is out for the season with a foot injury and Matt Tobin will likely get first crack at the job.

Matt Tobin vs. Jason Hatcher

This matchup scares me to death.  Hatcher is a very good linemen and has given the Eagles fits in the past.  Tobin is a backup for a reason and Hatcher is a borderline Pro Bowl player.  You do the math.  Tobin will certainly need help on Sunday as most of the preseason he was at left tackle not either guard spot.  Lane Johnson will have even more pressure on his shoulders on the right side with Hatcher and Trent Murphy coming off the edge.

Jason Kelce vs. Terrance Knighton

Kelce has not been himself this year ranging from bad snaps to just getting dominated at the point of attack in the run game.  The new guards on both sides of him certainly doesn’t help either.  Kelce tends to struggle with larger nose tackles and that’s what he’ll be facing on Sunday with Knighton.  The Temple product came over from Denver where he was a starter for a few seasons.  Kelce faced Damon Harrison of the Jets last week and Knighton is a very similar style player.  The Eagles will have an uphill battle once again to get the running game off the ground.

Any Outside Eagles Receiver vs. Bashaud Breeland/Chris Culliver

In order for this offense to get clicking somebody on the outside needs to get open it’s that simple.  I have no faith in Riley Cooper or Miles Austin.  Josh Huff is one of the biggest enigmas in the league.  That leaves Nelson Agholor who hasn’t exactly popped yet as a rookie.  He managed to get open on a few dig routes last week and Bradford made poor throws.  Breeland is a solid corner and is much better than injured DeAngelo Hall I think.  Chris Culliver can be had and doesn’t have the size which can cause the Eagles wideouts problems.  Hopefully Chip targets Culliver in the passing game as opposed to Breeland.

 

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