A tale of two halves: Eagles fall to Washington Football Team
The Eagles were handed a 27-17 loss at the hands of the Washington Football Team during Sunday’s week 1 contest. Maybe a name change was all that was needed for Washington to improve. Or maybe it was increased optimism with the hire of new head coach Ron Rivera. More likely it was a series of Eagles mistakes that let Washington claw back from a 17 point deficit and score a whopping 27 unanswered points.
The game started superb for the Birds offense. Carson Wentz led a crisp opening drive with big plays to both of his tight ends as Dallas Goedert got a chunk of yardage that led to a touchdown for Zach Ertz. Later in the quarter, Wentz hit rookie receiver Jalen Reagor on a 55 yard bomb. It would be the rookie’s only catch of the day but it was promising to see a flash in the pan so early. Near the end of the first half, the Birds held a commanding 17-0 lead.
However, the momentum of the game started to shift when Wentz threw an interception caught by Fabian Moreau. With little time left in the first half, Dwayne Haskins led the Washington Football Team down the field and hit Logan Thomas for a six yard touchdown. The Eagles took their 17-7 lead to half.
Unfortunately, the Eagles could get absolutely nothing going in the second half. Wentz and company were held scoreless as time and time again the Washington pass rush got the better of the Eagles’ offensive line. Philadelphia allowed an egregious 8 sacks total. One pivotal sack occurred during a third and 8 play that forced the Eagles into trying a 53 yard field goal that Elliott narrowly missed short.
Down the stretch, it was missed opportunities on fourth down tries that doomed the Birds. At the end of the third, they allowed a crucial sack on 4th and 4. Additionally, Ertz had a huge, albeit uncharacteristic, drop on 4th and 3 in the fourth quarter. All told, Washington dominated the second half with Peyton Barber scoring two touchdowns despite inefficient running for most of the day.
The Eagles really felt the absence of starting running back Miles Sanders as they could get nothing going on the ground. Boston Scott received the most carries with 9 but as a total rushing unit the Eagles could only muster 57 yards. Dallas Goedert proved to be the most effective weapon for the Birds’ offense today amassing 101 yards on eight receptions.
Look for the Eagles to bounce back in week 2 with a home contest against the Los Angeles Rams.