After a first round play-off elimination last year the Philadelphia Eagles again aim for the play-offs in 2020 even though their division rivals got stronger. The first test came against the Washington Football Team, this team had a very rough off-season with sexual harassment claims and a name change. The Eagles quickly jumped out to a 17-0 lead by 2 touchdowns from Carson Wentz and a field goal but started to stall after Wentz threw an interception in the second quarter. After Fabian Moreau picked off Wentz Washington put together a solid drive which ended on a touchdown pass from Dwayne Haskins to Logan Thomas right before half time.
On the third drive in the second half Wentz once again threw an interception, Jimmy Moreland managed to take it all the way to Philadelphia’s 20 yard-line after the interception.
This led to an easy drive for Washington that ended with Peyton Barber’s first touchdown of the night. With a chance to respond and Wentz drove the Eagles into field goal range. A sack on 3rd down led to a tough field goal attempt for Jake Elliot – which he ended up missing on distance.
The next score came at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Washington’s kicker Dustin Hopkins scored a 38-yard field goal to tie the game 17-17. Washington went all out on their next drive by going for it on a fourth down on the Eagles’ four-yard line. After converting the fourth and one Peyton Barber scored his second touchdown two plays later. After Zach Ertz dropped a pass on fourth down for the Eagles Washington managed to score an easy field goal to put the final score on the board. The game ended 17-27.
Player Notes: Haskins showed an ability to put together drives in the second half and thanks to offensive coordinator Scott Turner for timely play calls and game management.
The Eagles didn’t manage to score any points after the first half. A lot of this was due to Washington’s defensive line relentless pressure on Wentz. Washington took advantage of Philadelphia’s injury riddled offensive line which led to 8 sacks, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble. Some essential changes Washington made such as hiring coach Ron Rivera and drafting Chase Young with the second pick already seem to have worked out. Nobody expects Washington to do anything special this year but they are probably already happy with a strong comeback win against a play-off team from last year.
Week 1 – September 13, 2020
Line: PHI -5.5 | Over/Under: 42
Philadelphia Eagles (0-0, 0-0 Away) at Washington Football Team (1-0, 1-0 Home)
Eagle’s Win Probability: 97.3%