Domo's Eagles Report Card
RUSHING OFFENSE Ryan Mathews had 18- and 21-yard runs out of three-tight end sets early in the third quarter. But there weren't many other highlights for the run game. Playing without RG Brandon Brooks and losing RT Allen Barbre in the third quarter, yards were hard to come by.
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Ryan Mathews had 18- and 21-yard runs out of three-tight end sets early in the third quarter. But there weren't many other highlights for the run game. Playing without RG Brandon Brooks and losing RT Allen Barbre in the third quarter, yards were hard to come by.
Without Brandon Brooks and then Allen Barbre, Carson Wentz didn't have a lot of time to throw. He was sacked four times, including the killer with 21 seconds left after the Eagles drove to the Washington 14. Wentz had his first red-zone interception of the season, but maximized his tight ends and slot receiver Jordan Matthews, completing 69.6 percent of his passes.
The Redskins had just 107 rushing yards, but 47 of them came on a pair of long touchdown runs. Robert Kelley took advantage of poor gap control by the linebackers on a 22-yard TD run in the second quarter, and the Eagles got burned on a toss play to Chris Thompson for a 25-yard TD run that gave the Redskins the lead with 1:53 left.
Leodis McKelvin gave up an 80-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson, but made up for it a short time later, stepping in front of another pass to Jackson and returning it 29 yards for a TD. Kirk Cousins completed 14 of 21 passes, but was 0-for-4 on third down. Fletcher Cox ended his eight-game sack drought with 1 /1/2 sacks.
The Eagles had a bunch of special-teams injuries, losing long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, kick returner Wendell Smallwood and punt returner Darren Sproles. Caleb Sturgis made all three of his field-goal attempts, but a potential fourth field goal never materialized when holder Donnie Jones couldn't handle a low snap by Dorenbos' emergency replacement, Brent Celek, on what would have been a 50-yard attempt in the third quarter. The Eagles averaged just 16.3 yards on kickoff returns.
There will be no questions about a lack of effort this week. The Eagles tried hard. But injuries and a defense that gave up an 80-yard touchdown pass and two 20-plus-yard touchdown runs did them in. If you're looking for good news, Carson Wentz played well and the third-down offense and defense was much improved.
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