Eagles will be without Cox, Sanders and more vs. Washington originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Yet, on the other side of the field, the Eagles aren't exactly at full-strength either.
Philadelphia's latest injury report lists Fletcher Cox (neck), Derek Barnett (calf), Dallas Goedert (calf), Miles Sanders (knee), Jordan Mailata (concussion), DeSean Jackson (ankle), Richard Rodgers (ankle) and more as out for the contest.
NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro stated the decision to not have these members of the team suit up as a way to manage injuries in a game that doesn't "matter" for the Eagles since the team has been eliminated from playoff contention.
For Washington, why the players are sitting is irrelevant. It's clear, however, that this is an advantage for the Burgundy and Gold. Those are some big names that won't be lining up across from Washington for the team's most important game of the season.
Cox is the first name that sticks out, as NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay detailed here how much of a thorn he's been in the side of Washington over the years. Yet, there is a lot of other firepower that won't not be able to torment Washington on Sunday.
Barnett is another part of the pass rush who won't be there to pressure whoever is under center for Washington, and Goedert and Rodgers leave Philadelphia thin at tight end. Not having Mailata further hurts the Eagles, who have already dealt with injuries along the offensive line, as they try and stop Washington's most talented unit.
Jackson has only played in five games this season but has been known to put out some of his best performances against Washington. Sanders didn't play when the teams met in Week 1, but his last showing against Washington in 2019 featured 172 yards and two touchdowns. The job of the defense is easier when the explosive back is not on the field.
It's already known that this matchup in Week 17 won't be like what happened in Week 1. These teams are very different, especially at the quarterback position. With Philadelphia's injury report, the variables only increase. Though keeping Jalen Hurts contained won't be easy, it seems as if Washington will get a golden opportunity to face an Eagles team that is a shell of itself.
Now, Washington just needs to take advantage of that.