After losing two tough games at home, the Eagles went for the underwhelming three-peat in Washington on Saturday night. Philadelphia is likely to miss the playoffs after losing to the Redskins, 27-24. Despite tight end Zach Ertz setting the franchise record for receptions in a game, the Eagles offense coughed up the ball one too many times during the NFL Network special.
The Eagles need to now hope that the Cowboys lose their next two games and Philadelphia beats the Giants in New Jersey for them to make the playoffs. But really, is this team worthy of making the postseason? With terrible quarterback and cornerback play all season long, this team isn't a contender and likely is headed towards a massive offseason. This loss cemented things.
Let's get to the winners and losers....
Zach Ertz: He was unleashed too late in Week 16 and set a franchise record with 15 receptions for 115 receiving yards. Ertz was dominant against Washington and they never had answer for him. He was terrific.
Jeremy Maclin: He made a handful of tough catches and finished with four receptions for 62 yards. He has earned some serious cash this season.
Riley Cooper: He gets a lot of hate on here, but you have to give him props. He scored two touchdowns on five catches for 53 yards. His second touchdown was once heck of a catch as it was really high and fast.
Mychal Kendricks: He was active throughout the game and was constantly in the backfield. He had a sack and seven tackles on the day.
Fletcher Cox: He continued his second half dominance against the Redskins. He had a few stops and a massive sack on Saturday.
Jordan Matthews: He made a few big catches for first downs for the Eagles. He finished with three catches for 58 yards.
LeSean McCoy: He had a good game with 116 total yards. He averaged four yards per carry and scored a touchdown. He wasn't perfect but he did his job.
Mark Sanchez: This isn't an argument about Sanchez and Foles. He had one very good drive and outside of that, he was "blah" at best. He finished 37-of-50 for 374 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a fumble. His first half was awful outside of the one Cooper touchdown drive. He just looked like an average backup for most of the game. His essentially game-sealing interception was in traffic and off-target. He missed several open guys for either receivers that got small gains or nothing at all. I am not sure how anyone can feel good about quarterback moving forward.
Bradley Fletcher: He allowed two massive catches of 50+ yards to DeSean Jackson and while that isn't surprising, it is becoming all too common. He just isn't a starter in this league and just isn't good enough. He is bad.
The Offensive Line: Jason Kelce, Jason Peters, Andrew Gardner and Lane Johnson were all called for holding and allowed three sacks to a pathetic pass rush. It was a rough one for this group.
Vinny Curry: While his first roughing the passer penalty was a terrible call, his second one was valid and got the Skins within a chip shot to win the game. He's been solid all season but his penalties hurt.
Cody Parkey: He missed two field goals that clearly made the difference. Those six points did cost the Eagles the game to an extent. He had been automatic for the most part this season but Saturday was not his day.