Steal a page out of the Chicago Cubs playbook, and fly the W high in the land of the DMV! After trailing 17-0, the Washington Football Team scored 27 unanswered points to beat the Eagles 27-17, and putting themselves atop the NFC East standings at 1-0.
This game was a tale of two halves. Despite all of the injuries to the Eagles offensive line, Wentz started the game on fire. He went into the half having completed 14-of-18 passes for two touchdowns. I’ll highlight his dreadful second half numbers in just a minute.
For Washington, Haskins was average at best as he completed 17-of-31 passes for one touchdown on the day. However, he did what was needed of him, which was avoiding committing any costly turnovers.
Remember when I highlighted that, if Washington were to remain in any games, let alone win any games, that it was be at the hands of their defensive line? If it wasn’t clear that the strength of this team is their big, bad, boisterous defensive line, it sure as hell is now.
Yes, EIGHT sacks by The Washington Five (See what I did there?). The boys up front completely took over the second half of this game. They continuously bullied the Eagles line and beat Wentz down in the second half. Finishing with eight total sacks on the day, two by long-time vet Ryan Kerrigan and one-and-a-half sacks by number two overall pick Chase Young. Wentz finished the game going 10-of-24 for 105 yards while throwing two costly interceptions.
What does this mean for the Washington Football Team? It means that they have a winning record for the first time since Week 1 of the 2018 season. It also shows the rest of the NFC East that this is a young, hungry, up-and-coming team with no quit in them. It’s only the start to a long grueling season, but it’s exactly the start that this new brand of Washington Football and its fans needed and deserved.
Next up? The burgundy and gold will look to move to 2-0 as they travel to the desert to take on the Kyler Murray-led Arizona Cardinals, Sunday at 1:00 pm.