#267 Philadelphia Eaglesvs.#268 Washington Redskins
Written by Chuck D
When and Where: Sunday, Oct. 16, FedEx Field, Landover, Md. 1:00pm EDT (FOX)
Spread: Philadelphia -2; Total: 45
The Philadelphia Eagles fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in Sunday’s 24-23 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Lions. With the loss, the squad fell a half-game behind the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. The Redskins sit a full game behind the Cowboys after their 16-10 win over the Ravens in Baltimore. This is a long and storied rivalry with Washington leading the all-time series 84-73-5, including victories in the last three matchups.
While many thought the Eagles traded their present away for the future when they sent Sam Bradford packing before the season, that has not been the case. Rookie Carson Wentz has come in and surprised many. Wentz produced victories in the teams first three contest and has thrown for over 1,000 yards with seven scores on the season. Unfortunately for the North Dakota State alum, he threw his first interception of his career during Sunday’s loss at Detroit, and it proved to be a costly one. The Lions kicked the go-ahead-field goal with 1:28 to play and with his squad trailing by a single point, Wentz tossed an interception to Darius Slay with 1:17 left to play.
The Eagles trailed by 11 at the half before scoring the first 13 points of the second half but could not hold onto the fourth-quarter lead. Slay also had a key fumble recovery that led to the game winning field goal. If it was not for his play, Philly probably would have pulled out the win. They held the Lions to just 45 net yards in the second half. On the day, Wentz went completed 25-of-33 pass attempts for 238 yards.
After opening the season with back-to-back losses to the Steelers and Cowboys, Washington has reeled off three straight wins. While none of the victories have come in impressive fashion, two of them were on the road. This past weekend they made the short trek to Baltimore and put forth a great defensive effort in the six-point win. Trailing 10-6 at the break, the ‘Skins held the Ravens scoreless in the second half.
Overall they won the yardage battle 310 to 306 but had just 60 yards on the ground. Matt Jones led the team in rushing with 31 yards on 14 carries. Kirk Cousins was 29-for-41 for 260 yards and his 21-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with 8:28 left in the third quarter proved to be the game winners. Garcon ended the day with five catches for 56 yards and the score. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who has missed the last two games with strained tendons in his right ankle is reported to be close to returning to the team.
This game began as a Pick’em before quickly moving to a 2-point spread in favor of the Eagles. I am not typically a fan of a road dog in the NFL, particularly when there is not a lot of apparent separation between the two sides. The Redskins are on a winning streak even if it is not necessarily impressive. Regardless, they are winning. Wentz is still a rookie and should continue to experience growing pains as the season progresses. If the Eagles can lose in Detroit, they can certainly lose in Washington.
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Chuck Dowling is a 30-something University of Florida J-School alum that lives in his mother’s basement. Just kidding... there are no basements in Florida (the ground is too moist). He has been in the “biz” for his entire adult life and specializes in NCAA football and basketball, as well as soccer, boxing, and MMA. When not writing, Chuck moonlights as a high school athletics radio and internet-television broadcaster.