Eagles could have monumental week-15 advantage due to Washington COVID outbreak

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 18: Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Tackle Jordan Mailata (68) looks on in the second half during the game between the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles on October 18, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

COVID is once again ripping its way through the NFL at an alarming rate. The Browns and Rams may be at the forefront of the headlines this morning, but the Washington Football Team are absolutely decimated as a result of a recent outbreak.

The Eagles had to place two players on the COVID/Reserve list themselves on Monday, but that’s nothing in comparison to what Washington are having to deal with.

They were already going to be without their star EDGE rusher, Chase Young, who is out for the season due to an injury. Adding insult to injury is the fact that he’ll now be joined on the sidelines by Montez Sweat, Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Tim Settle, former Eagles DE Casey Toohill, and Will Bradley-King.

To put it simply, the Washington pass rush now consists of Daron Payne and a trio of players who have played in a combined 21% of snaps all season. That’s certainly less than ideal when trying to get past one of the top offensive lines in the league and one that’s been paving the way for one of the most rampant rushing breakouts we’ve seen in recent memory.

Washington has plenty of things to be worried about as it is. Starting CB Kendall Fuller also joins those on the COVID/reserve list, potentially opening the floodgates for DeVonta Smith. This whirlwind only further blows the advantage to the City of Brotherly Love.

There’s still a lot of time between now and Sunday and I’d expect there to be more names added to the list given how rapidly the virus seems to be spreading. This could get ugly fast and Philadelphia, coming off a bye, should be primed to reap the rewards.

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