The Eagles suffered their first loss of the season last Sunday in Detroit, but this week have their first divisional game against Washington. Derrick Gunn has some bullet points for the NFC East showdown in Landover, Maryland.
• Blitz Carson Wentz and he will make you pay. Through four games, the rookie QB is 30 of 36 against extra pressure for 307 yards and three touchdowns.
• Doug Pederson has a lot of faith in starting rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Big V makes his NFL debut Sunday, and he should be seeing a lot of Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan has 50 career sacks in five-plus seasons, including 2½ this year.
• Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins sure does love playing against the Eagles. In his last three outings against the Birds, he's passed for 427 yards, 290 yards and 365 yards, respectively. Those numbers include eight touchdown passes to just two interceptions.
• The $75 million cornerback Josh Norman is expected to wear a protective cast on his injured right wrist. It will be interesting to see if he follows Jordan Matthews wherever the Eagles' wideout roams or if he stays on one side of the field. If he shadows Matthews, which one of the other Eagles' receivers will rise to the occasion and make big plays?
• Pederson says he hopes to get running backs Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood more touches Sunday than he did last week against the Lions, which was zero. Barner is averaging 6.1 yards per carry, while Smallwood, a rookie, is at 4.8.
• Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis has been solid through four games. He's hit 10 of 11 field goals, including a pair from 50 and 50 yards out, respectively.
• The Redskins are a pass-first team, with 193 passes to 105 rushing attempts through five games. It could be the perfect scenario for Vinny Curry to shine, but Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has to give Curry more than the 16 snaps he had in Detroit.