Washington jumped 10 spots in Mark Maske’s energy rankings this week, and whereas a lot of the dialog by nationwide pundits about Sunday’s recreation targeted on what Carson Wentz and the Eagles did improper to blow a 17-Zero lead, Washington’s dominant defensive position, which took benefit of Philadelphia’s injury-ravaged offensive line to register eight sacks, additionally earned some reward.
“Chase Younger and firm getting it executed,” Professional Soccer Speak’s Mike Florio said Monday. “Man, if they will preserve that up, possibly they’re one of the best group within the NFC East.”
“I don’t know if I’m able to say that, however definitely it reveals they’re going to be a ache within the butt within the NFC East,” co-host Chris Simms replied. “That’s for certain. Their entrance 4 can dictate soccer video games. They will change a recreation and that’s what it did [Sunday]. As a lot as I wish to sit right here and reward Washington for what they did and hanging in there and all of that, I nonetheless have a look at that recreation and go, ‘Eh, I extra have a look at it because the Eagles simply being silly and taking part in careless and I don’t know what the hell they’re doing.”
On NFL Community’s “Good Morning Soccer,” Peter Schrager, who has been hyping Washington’s defensive position for months, likened the group’s debut efficiency to the protection San Francisco rode to the Tremendous Bowl final season.
“The 49ers had a technique to their insanity final 12 months,” Schrager mentioned. “Let’s simply use all of our nice defensive linemen, unleash them and hope our offense can rating sufficient to get us to the subsequent week. This Washington protection got here out of the gates trying unbelievable [Sunday]. … They will carry them this 12 months. I’ve been saying all of it offseason, it is perhaps one of the best defensive position in all of soccer.”
Co-host Kyle Brandt mentioned he desires to see how Washington’s defensive entrance fares towards a Cardinals group that upset the defending NFC champion 49ers on Sunday earlier than he declares Coach Ron Rivera’s squad a contender.
“Subsequent week Washington goes towards Arizona, on the highway, a abruptly scary Arizona group with Kyler [Murray] working round and Kenyan Drake and DeAndre Hopkins,” he mentioned. “… In the event that they take that group out, then we’ve acquired a sensation. Then we’ve acquired, ‘Oh my gosh, can Washington win the NFC East?’ As a result of I used to be not impressed by Dallas, I used to be not impressed by Philly. New York, who is aware of? Nice, nice day. Nonetheless quite a bit to show.”
The final time Washington opened the season 2-Zero was in 2011, Mike Shanahan’s second 12 months on the helm. That group misplaced seven of its subsequent eight video games and completed 5-11. Since then, each group besides the Browns, Colts, Titans and Washington has began at the very least one season 2-0. Of the 62 teams to start 2-0 over the past eight seasons, 57 p.c went on to make the playoffs, with a median last document of 10-6.
On ESPN, former Dallas Cowboys defensive finish Marcus Spears provided a warning for Washington’s future opponents — and referred to the group by its retired identify.
“For everyone else on the market within the NFL that’s going to play the Washington [Football Team],” Spears mentioned, “… watch out should you fall behind, as a result of you could not have your QB the next week.”
In the meantime, former NFL government Joe Banner, who spent 18 years because the Eagles’ president, threw some chilly water on the concept Washington is dramatically improved.
“By the top of the season,” Banner tweeted, “the Washington group may have confirmed that the Eagles yesterday misplaced to one of many worst groups in soccer.”
When challenged about that evaluation, Banner pointed to Philadelphia’s depleted offensive line, Washington’s incapacity to run the ball and an absence of lengthy scoring drives.
“Washington isn’t an excellent group and the season will show it,” he said.