The Philadelphia Eagles are in for a challenge on Sunday. Yes, it’s the Detroit Lions, but that doesn’t mean anything. This is the NFL and any team can beat anyone.
With that being said, the Eagles will need everyone’s best efforts, specifically on defense.
Here are three defenders on the Eagles that could change the outcome of the game, in a good way, of course.
Reddick was one of the Eagles bigger acquisitions this off-season, and he is also one of the better pass rushers in the league. Over the last two season, he has a combined 23.5 sacks. Even last year in the Panthers, he was able to shine despite the dreadful season they put together. Him and Brian Burns were the best pass rushing duo in the league. This year, him and Brandon Graham can do the same.
That starts with this Sunday, though. The Lions offensive line is one of the best in football, believe it or not. The Eagles will need all of the help they can get putting pressure on Lions quarterback Jared Goff. When he’s pressured, he tends to make mistakes, which is exactly what Philadelphia needs. Not only that, but Reddick is very good at stopping the run when it comes to outside handoffs, too. We could see a huge game from him this Sunday.
The 2021 Pro Bowler had his best season last year. He finished with 7.5 sacks, 63 tackles, and 18 quarterback hits. It’s safe to say he turned it up a notch. Him and Fletcher Cox can be dominant this year, and could be dominant against the Lions on Sunday.
Hargrave will give the Lions’ offensive line problems all day on Sunday. He knows how to rush the passer, and put pressure on the offensive line when he’s still not getting the sack numbers. That’s not even what he is the best at. If you ask anyone on the Eagles, he is a certified run stopper. The Lions run the ball well with D’Andre Swift. On Sunday, that could be shut down.
The Eagles new safety will be exactly what they need this season. Look at the tape, and you will see. He is an enforcer, and a leader. Nothing gets past him and if you have a problem, he doesn’t care.
Gardner-Johnson will be exactly that on Sunday. Head coach Nick Sirianni hasn’t quite said how much he will play just based on the amount he has learned, but however much he does play, he will be very effective. Gardner-Johnson isn’t necessarily a ball hawk, but he is a physical defensive back. He will make it hard for whoever enters his zone.
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