Eagles Victorious on the Road in Season Opener
Philadelphia beat Washington 30-17, but the play that ended the game was quite questionable. The game ended on a Kirk Cousins fumble which resulted in an Eagles touchdown, but the play appeared to be an incomplete pass and not a fumble.
Nevertheless, the Eagles go home 1-0 and will face the Kansas City Chiefs next week.
Philadelphia lost two major players to injury, and one appears to be a lot worst than the other. Newly acquired cornerback, Ronald Darby was carted off the field with an ankle injury. While left tackle, Jason Peters left the game with a groin aliment, but appeared to be fine.
The Eagles won by 13-points, but they were not as dominant as the score suggest.
First off, Eagles' head coach Doug Pederson made questionable play calls often during week-one. He was fixated on having Wentz throw passes behind the line of scrimmage, and those college plays simply do not work in the NFL.
Pederson called passing plays far to often, the Eagles threw the ball almost twice as much as they ran it.
Wentz who is entering year-two, made some very impressive plays and his athleticism helped the Eagles tremendously. The sophomore quarterback also missed two throws to Torrey Smith.
The speedy Smith will take the top off defenses, but Wentz must be more accurate, he under threw Smith, then overthrew him on two deep passes.
Wentz threw a pick-six, but the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage and he also threw a backward pass that resulted in a lost fumble.
The celling-less Wentz ended his day with 307 passing yards, two touchdowns, and two turnovers.
Wide receiver Nelson Agholor played very well, he had six catches for 86-yards, and running back LeGarette Blount who had 46-yards on the ground also caught a touchdown from the North Dakota State product.
Tight end Zach Ertz played big all day, he constantly made clutch catches and proved to be Wentz’s security blanket. Ertz has eight catches for 93-yards.
While the chemistry between Wentz and Alshon Jeffrey must improve, Jeffrey contributed to the win nicely with three catches for 38-yards.
Philadephia won because of their defense, there should be no question about that. They constantly got pressure on Cousins and stopped the run frequently, but did commit multiple boneheaded penalties throughout the game.
Corner Jalen Mills picked-off Cousins in the red zone, which saved the Eagles’ lead then the Flecther Cox strip of Cousins sealed the game. Philadephia’s defense recovered three fumbles, scored one touchdown, and recored four sacks.
The 6-foot-5, 237lb. Wentz must protect the ball, become more accurate and receive better play calls from Pederson. The Eagles’ have to get their young corners ready, and get prepared for Andy Reid and the Chiefs.