The excitement of a new starting season has every player in the Eagles locker room ready to go. Week 1 starts off with an all important divisional match up against the Washington Football Team. The Eagles came into this week one match up with one thing in mind, limit the turnovers. Coach Skellington was quoted before the game saying, If we win the turnover battle, we will win the game.” This game started off as a high scoring affair only to turn into a messy string of turnovers. Late in the third quarter down by 7, the Eagles were driving in football team territory, however, the drive ended on a Carson Wentz fumble where he refused to slide. He ran right into three Football team defenders coughing up the football. On the next drive, Wentz missed a wide open receiver for a touchdown, instead opting to throw to a covered Ertz, resulting in a pick six. On the very next drive, with the Eagles in the red zone, a perfectly placed pass to Miles Sanders was fumbled after making the catch. This essentially ended the game as the Football team went up three scores. The game was closer than it seemed, as for three quarters the Eagles played smart football only to have their dreams of winning snatched away by fumbles.
Carson Wentz started off the game hot connecting long passes to both Jackson and Ertz. Wentz’s first interception came on a errant throw to the Football team defender when Jackson got in between the zone and was wide open. After the game, Wentz was asked why he refused to slide on two specific quarterback runs including one where he showboated between three Washington defenders. His response was, “ I didn’t think I’d fumble, you live and you learn.” Wentz ended the day throwing for 2 touchdowns and two inceptions on 29 pass attempts. Sanders and Jackson were the receivers of the touchdowns and were two of Wentz’s favorite targets securing 6 plus catches each. Rookie wide receiver Reagor showed he will be a force in the offense catching 6 passes for 106 yards.
The defensive effort shown by the Eagles in this game could only be explained as non-existent. The Football team were able to go up and down the field like they were playing 7 on 7 in the backyard. The Eagles defense made quarterback Haskins look like a pro in his 5th year. Haskins connected on most of his passes, with his receivers coming down with everything in sight. A few stops were made late in the game, however, by that time the offense had fumbled the game away to the point that it didn’t matter. Fletcher Cox was the star of the defense with 2 sacks, but he will need to get the defense in line if they want to stop anyone this season.
All in all in week one, the Eagles showed that they have a lot of work to do if they want to compete in the competitive NFC East. The Eagles face off next week against a Rams team who was demolished by the Cowboys. The Rams will be looking out to avenge their week 1 loss. If the fumbling issue is fixed, and the defense can sure up their holes, the Eagles should be able to bounce back as their quest for a playoff spot continues.