Upended Commanders

By: Kylan Watson

Fresh off last week’s victory over the Miami Dolphins, the Philadelphia Eagles travelled to Maryland to face the Washington Commanders. It took a while for the offense to get going but once they did the Eagles were able to get two late-game touchdowns to put this game away 38-31.

The Eagles did not start this game off well, they did not have the offensive efficiency that they had last week, and Washington took full advantage. They started off hot getting a touchdown reception from Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson to take a 14-to-three lead early in the contest and they were threatening to give Philly their second surprising loss of the season. The lack of pressure by Philly’s defensive front turned Sam Howell into Joe Montana as he was carving them up like rotisserie chicken at lunch or dinner time. He completed 39/52 passes for 397 yards, completed 4 touchdown passes, and threw one interception. This was one of his best games as a professional and if he keeps this up, he might end up being a franchise quarterback. However, the Eagles were able to put pressure on him in the second half of this contest and took away the easier throws from him and forced him to be perfect. He did not meet the challenge in the fourth quarter and Philly was able to pull away as the pressure got to him and he made mistakes that cost his team this game.  The Eagles defensive unit was quiet throughout this contest but thanks to a Reed Blankenship interception and a Hassan Reddick sack the Eagles were able to get the victory in this game.

The Eagles offense did everything it could to keep their team in this contest. Despite turning the ball over twice, Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown once again showed that they might be the best quarterback receiver duo in the NFL. Hurts completed two touchdown passes to Brown in this game and both came at pivotal times in this game for Philly. One tied this game, and one helped them reclaim the lead from the Commanders. Their defense could not keep up with the Eagles once they decided to impose their will on this game. Once they get the turnover issues solved, they should be able to reclaim their title of best offensive unit in the NFL.  The Eagles have not had a complete game yet this season, but they continue to show that they are the best team in NFC as they continue to win games in multiple ways. They will need to put together a complete game very soon as their schedule gets harder starting with next week’s contest against the Dallas Cowboys.

Philly will now prepare for a Sunday Afternoon match-up with the Dallas Cowboys who are also starting to round into form. The Eagles will need to put pressure on Dak Prescott throughout the game and force him into making mistakes and turning the ball over. Additionally, the Eagles will need to take advantage of Dallas not having a healthy secondary and force them to cover their bigger and more talented receivers. This should open up the middle of the field for Dallas Goedert who should have a big game. If the Eagles can implement these things, they will get their eighth victory of the season heading into their bye week after next week’s contest.

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