3 keys to a Philadelphia Eagles win over Washington

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3. Put the pressure on Taylor Heinicke.

In Week 15, the Philadelphia Eagles faced off against Washington starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who certainly made himself some money in that game with a solid performance, but was woefully outgunned.

In Week 17, they won’t have that same luxury.

With Washington much healthier than two weeks ago, the Eagles will now have to face off against a football team – or should I say Football Team – with Taylor Heinicke under center and Terry McLaurin at wide receiver.

That’s the good news for Washington. The bad news is that Heinicke has been sacked 32 times in 14 games of action and is averaging an interception per game.

Jonathan Gannon, if there was ever a week to unleash your stashed away blitzing packages, this would be it.

While Washington’s offensive line is in better order than in Week 15, when Brandon Scherff was in protocol, they still rank in the bottom half of the roster in sacks allowed and watched Fletcher Cox break his slump with two big sacks on Gilbert. If Cox, Josh Sweat, Milton Williams (more on him here), and company can put the pressure on Washington, Taylor Heinicke will make mistakes and thus put the Philadelphia Eagles in a better position to succeed.

Next. A healthy Jordan Howard could bring the power back. dark

Ultimately, I think the Philadelphia Eagles pull this one off, go to 9-7, and enter “Dallas Week Part 2” with their most consequential game in three years. And if they pull that off, well, everyone’s 0-0 come playoff time.