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Containing The Enemy: DK Metcalf

Both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks are trying to get ahead in their divisions, however, these divisions are polar opposites. The Eagles have to win this week if they want to stay atop the NFC East with a possible 4-6-1 record. The Seahawks are 7-3 and are tied with the Los Angeles Rams for 1st place in the NFC West. It's embarrassing to say that the San Francisco 49ers are at the bottom of the NFC West with a record of 4-6, but if they were in the NFC East they'd be in first place.

Seattle has one of the best offenses in the league, but their defense is near the bottom in many substantial categories. They are a beatable team in the sense that you can put up points against them, but you also have to be able to stop their offense. This week, for the Eagles to have any chance to win this game, they will need to contain DK Metcalf.

Metcalf is having an amazing year so far and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down, which could cause trouble for the Eagles this week. Metcalf has averaged 7.7 targets per game and he is capitalizing on every opportunity he is given in 2020. He is 2nd on the team in receptions with 48, behind only Tyler Lockett. Even with having Lockett as his teammate, he is still leading his team in almost every other receiving statistic. He has 862 receiving yards (which is 7th in the NFL) and has an average of 18 yards per reception. On any given play we can see Metcalf haul in a ball deep downfield for a score, and with the Eagles offensive struggles they can not afford to fall behind early against this offense. The longest reception for Seattle this season was a 62-yard pass to none other than Metcalf. The odds of a big play this week are in Metcalf's favor -- he has 14 receptions of 20+ yards and nine receiving touchdowns. The Eagles defense has been the sole reason they have been able to hang around in these games week in and week out, but the huge question is how long will they be able to stick around in this game against an offensive powerhouse. You better believe Russell Wilson is going to move the ball downfield with ease, as he has done his entire career. We may see a majority of his targets go to Tyler Lockett, but a majority of the production could still come from Metcalf thanks to his home run ability.

That's why on Monday Night Football, Metcalf will either need to be shadowed the whole game by Darius Slay, or he will need to be double covered/have safety help on him as often as possible to take away that deep ball option. Stopping his production and keeping the Seahawks offense on the sideline is the way the Eagles can win this game.

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