Washington Loses to Philadelphia During Adversity Filled Week

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Washington Loses to Philadelphia During Adversity Filled Week

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Washington Loses to Philadelphia During Adversity Filled Week

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After a covid filled week, Washington gifted us with some Tuesday night football. Washington came into this game at a massive disadvantage due to injuries and illness. Their starting quarterback was Garrett Gilbert, who was making his second career start.

The Philadelphia Eagles would win the toss and defer, which allowed this makeshift Washington offense to take the field first. The first drive would end quickly as they would punt after a few plays. The defense came into the game a little healthier than the offense and they needed to play like it.

The defense answered the bell early as they got a lucky bounce off a shoe that led to an interception. The offense would take advantage of this and score on an Antonio Gibson one-yard touchdown run.

The Eagles were looking to respond and they pushed the ball deep into Washington territory, but luckily Montez Sweat would deliver a strip sack giving the ball back to Washington. After Gilbert connected with Terry McLaurin for a 42-yard gain the drive would stall. Fortunately they were close enough to hit a field goal, which gave them a 10-point lead to end the quarter.

 

The second quarter was not as kind to Washington as the first as every drive for Washington would end with a punt.

After both teams punted on their first drive, the Eagles would start clicking. Jalen Hurts would make a splash play that set them up for a field goal cutting into the Washington lead.

After Washington would punt the ball away again, the Eagles put together an impressive drive. They would ride the back of Miles Sanders all the way down to the one yard line when Hurts would eventually take it in himself. Washington tried to put some points on the board before half but would again come up empty.

Halftime score WAS 10 – PHI 10

Sadly, things did not start off much better for Washington. After forcing two turnovers on the first two drives, the Washington defense looked defeated. The Eagles would come out and score after just six plays. Jalen Hurts would take it in himself for the second time this game; this time it gave Philly the lead.

Washington’s offense would get the ball back and do what they did all of the second quarter and that is punt the ball away. The Eagles were putting together another good drive but a Jonathan Allen sack would force them to kick a field goal. The Eagles scored 20 unanswered points as they extended their lead heading into the fourth.

Washington went two quarters without scoring and as a result they found themselves with a 10-point deficit. Washington faced a big third down to start the quarter and they were given a first down due to an Eagles iffy pass interference call.

Washington finally had a breakthrough after a play action pass on third and short, which put Washington at the one-yard line. Rookie Jaret Patterson would cap the drive off with his first career rushing touchdown, which cut the deficit to just three points with 11 minutes to go.

However, the defense could not slow down this Eagles offense as they would, again, march down the field and score a touchdown, which pushed the lead back to 10 points.

Washington now had to turn to a guy who had only been with the team for just a few days to lead a comeback. After dinking and dunking their way to the 50-yard line, Washington was faced with a fourth down with the game on the line. Washington’s offensive line would allow pressure quickly, which led to an incomplete pass and a turnover on downs.

Washington needed a win to stay in the playoff race, so this loss could not have come at a worse time. The team was decimated with injuries and illness all week. Gilbert played well in his second career start but sadly it was not enough. As the week goes on, Washington will be hoping to get healthier as they travel to Dallas to try to upset the division leaders.

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