It was not the Week 1 that Philadelphia Eagles' fans had hoped for on the road in Washington. They started the game up, 17-0, but ended up losing to the Washington Football Team 27-17. It was a major collapse for an Eagles team that has playoff aspirations, even if they had a lot of key players out with injury.
Here are three bold predictions for the Eagles in Week 2, as they look to get their first win against the Los Angeles Rams at home.
3. Jalen Reagor Has 5 Catches in Week 2
The rookie first-rounder didn't have too large of an influence in his first game, aside from his one reception that went for 55 yards. He was targeted four times by Carson Wentz but struggled to get a chemistry going with his new quarterback. Jalen Reagor was injured during camp though, so part of that could have been due to lack of reps. Expect him to develop more of a role in this offense during practice this week, which should translate into catches on Sunday against a Rams' secondary that is not tremendous, aside from Jalen Ramsey.
2. Eagles D Allows Less Than 300 Total Yards, Again
The Philadelphia defense was definitely the bright spot in their first game. Even though they surrendered the lead late, the Eagles were one of just seven teams to allow fewer than 300 total yards. The run defense was as stout as usual behind Fletcher Cox and company, and it should only get better with Javon Hargrave expected to make his debut in Week 2. The secondary was also much improved, with Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman added over the offseason. The Rams offensive line has also been declining for years, and although they played well against an uninspiring Dallas Cowboys' defense, they should have less success against the Eagles.
1. Miles Sanders Returns, and Shines with 2 TD's
Miles Sanders was expected to enter his second season as the bell-cow back in Philadelphia, but a hamstring injury in camp prevented him from playing in Week 1. The Eagles' running back was a late scratch, and it would be surprising if he was not ready for the home opener. The Rams defense allowed the 11th most rushing yards last week and the 14th most in 2019. They also allowed Ezekiel Elliott to catch a receiving touchdown. If Sanders is indeed back out there, he could be a major factor in both the run and the pass, especially in the red zone.
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