Takeaways From Eagles Win in Home Opener
E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES! With the regular season starting on September 8th, fans were eager to see the Eagles dominate the field against NFC East division rivals, the Washington Redskins. With the anticipated return of QB Carson Wentz and especially the return of former Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, everyone was excited to see the action play for the Eagles home opener.
The Eagles soared in Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. With key performances from Carson Wentz, DeSean Jackson, Darren Sproles, and more, the Eagles were able to fly high and secure a win at the Linc, with a final score of 32-27. Here are the highlights from this week’s game.
Eagles Start Slow In Home Opener
Though the game started off a little slow with the Eagles down 20-7 at halftime, the team was able to make the proper adjustments and come back soaring in the second half. By the third quarter, the Eagles scored two touchdowns, bringing the lead up to 21-20. At the start of the fourth, the Eagles were able to score again and went for a two-point conversion instead of a field goal, which was beautifully executed by RB Darren Sproles.
QB Carson Wentz wasted no time in delivering on the field, completing 28 of 39 pass attempts for a whopping 313 yards, with 3 TDs and zero INT. The performance by Wentz in Sunday’s game evoked that of him in the 2017 season before his ACL injury. In the 2017 season, Carson Wentz had 3,296 passing yards with 33 TDs and only 7 INT. I think we can anticipate the same energy and passion from Wentz this season with deep threats like DeSean Jackson.
Welcome Back DeSean!
Eagles fans everywhere couldn’t wait for the return of Carson Wentz, but perhaps some were even more excited for the return of WR DeSean Jackson to the City of Brotherly Love. Jackson was originally drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft and has recently rejoined the team after a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
DeSean attacked the field in Sunday’s game and was nothing short of phenomenal, having 8 receptions for a total of 154 yards- making him the fourth player in Eagles history to catch multiple 50-plus-yard touchdowns in a single game. On returning to the Eagles, Jackson said, “I couldn’t stay calm. I was over excited and like a kid before Christmas. I know the reunion of me coming back and what I mean to this city and what the city means to me in the green colors, and just being a part of this organization and family is just something special for me.”
Running backs Darren Sproles and Jordan Howard played impressively against the Redskins in the home opener. Sproles had 9 carries for 47 yards, and Howard not far behind him with 6 carries for 44 yards.
In week two of the season, the Eagles are favored to win against the Atlanta Falcons. Catch the game next Sunday, September 15th at 8:20pm on NBC. Go Birds!