PHILIDELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles continued their dominance over the NFL Monday night, with a 31-24 win over the Washington Redskins.
It didn’t always look so dominant, though, as it took some time for Carson Wentz and his high-powered offense to find its groove.
The sparks began to fly just before half, when the Eagles got the ball back with less than two minutes left on the clock, in a 10-10 tie. Wentz drove the Eagles 80 yards in six plays so his team could take a 17-10 lead into half.
Philadelphia would get a chance to extend their lead coming out of halftime, but a major injury would delay the first drive of the half. Jason Peters, the teams starting left tackle, went down after Ziggy Hood fell backward into him.
The play was not intentional by any means, but the loss of the former Texas High School Football star meant it was time for Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
Vaitai played admirably, considering the situation, but did get a flag called on him his first drive in the game.
Philadelphia went on to score on that drive and on another drive after the Redskins responded. After a 31-17 touchdown pass from Wentz to Nelson Agholor, the game felt like it was close to over.
Turns out, that was just Wentz setting up the dagger in front of the Redskins heart, as he would let his defense do the actual work.
On the next drive, already down two scores, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins threw an untimely interception. Now, with 8:39 left on the clock, the Eagles had the ball back in their own territory.
The Redskins would answer back with a touchdown drive of their own, but with 3:17 left and down 34-24, the uphill climb was just too much.
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This guy was playing so well before the injury. There is no official word on his injury, and speculation is the worst, but at 35, it’ll be hard for any kind of comeback. Peters has been an All-Pro nearly his entire career, and was on that road again in 2017. Philadelphia will have a tough time replacing him, should he miss extended time.
Not a flashy game, but very efficient. Three catches for 39 yards on five targets. It seemed he would get more action in the beginning of the game, but his role began to die down a bit near the end.
If it wasn’t for him, this Eagles line would probably be getting torn up tonight. The interior had its fits, but Johnson and Peters/Vaitai all played a great game and kept franchise-QB Carson Wentz upright for the most part. This Eagles team has finally found a guy who can sling it with the best, and they’ve also got some great linemen to protect him.
Redskins kicker Nick Rose was picked up recently and didn’t miss his one field goal attempt. Hood was a constant bug, always getting on the Eagles lines nerves and Jalen Mills wasn’t thrown to nearly as much as he has been. Mills has really stepped up, as he had two or three blown coverages. Carson Wentz has really formed into a great quarterback, with four touchdowns on the night.
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