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Eagles vs. Redskins Final Score: Observations from Philadelphia’s WIN over Washington, 30-17

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The Philadelphia Eagles DEFEATED the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field by a final score of 30 to 17. The Eagles advance to 1-0 on the 2017 NFL regular season. Read on for a recap and observations from the game. Up next for Philadelphia is a road game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Watch the BGN Radio postgame show LIVE in the video below (click here if you can’t see it).

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Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Sunday, September 10, 2017

FIRST QUARTER

The Eagles won the coin toss but elected to defer. They did a lot in 2016, too.

Corey Clement started the game with a big special teams tackle.

Kirk Cousins aired it out deep on the first play to Terrelle Pryor. The wide receiver had Jalen Mills beat but he couldn’t track the ball in the air. Washington targeted Mills a few more times and moved the chains but then had to punt on the next set of downs. Nigel Bradham dropped a potential pick after jumping a route. So close!

LeGarrette Blount got the start at running back for Philly, but the Eagles didn’t run the ball. Carson Wentz aired it out deep. Torrey Smith had a step but the ball was underthrown and almost picked. Wentz got sacked on second down but then HOLY CRAP HE ESCAPED PRESSURE ON THIRD DOWN AND THREW IT TO NELSON AGHOLOR DOWN THE FIELD FOR A 58-YARD TOUCHDOWN. Carson does some crazy stuff, man. He’s so good at eluding pressure. Also props to Agholor for actually catching it! Eagles lead, 7-0.

Washington picked up a big gain on a screen on their second drive. It didn’t last long, though, because Fletcher Cox strip-sacked Cousins and Jordan Hicks recovered. FEAST!

Wentz connected with Agholor for a big third down conversion. But then: just a terrible play. The Eagles ran Agholor in motion and threw a backwards pass to him. Wentz’s pass sailed and it was a fumble for a Washington recovery. Torrey Smith did a downright awful job of trying to go for the ball after totally blowing his block in the first place. Bad play call, bad execution, bad effort, bad everything. Yikes.

Pryor dropped a wide open touchdown but it would have been called back anyway due to holding. Jim Schwartz’s defense bailed out the Eagles after a dumb turnover by forcing Washington to go three-and-out.

Blount got stopped short of the sticks on a 3rd-and-1 but the Eagles lucked out by Jamison Crowder muffing a punt. Great job by Donnie Jones with the hang time on that thing. Also good job by Trey Burton to recover the ball.

Some good, hard runs by Blount but the Eagles in the red zone.

SECOND QUARTER

Wentz slightly overthrew Agholor on a great play design that got the WR wide open. A better throw leads to a touchdown, but Agholor was able to haul it in for a first and goal situation. Wentz throws his second touchdown pass of the day to Blount. That’s Blount’s second career receiving TD in 101 career games! Then Caleb Sturgis misses the extra point. Wtf. Eagles lead, 13-0.

Mychal Kendricks (!) laid a hard hit on Fat Rob Kelley. Ronald Darby suffered a bad looking non-contact injury. Ugh. Carted off. At least the Eagles got a third down stop.

Agholor couldn’t haul in a pass from Wentz that was thrown high. Bad pass. Then Wentz had a ball tipped by a defensive lineman. Pick-six for Ryan Kerrigan. F word. Eagles lead, 13-7.

The Eagles were forced to punt on their next drive. Washington sacked Wentz on third down after bringing extra pressure.

Cousins got away with a blatantly obvious intentional grounding. Also looked liked Cox was held as he was bearing down on the quarterback. Washington moved the ball down the field anyway and scored a touchdown. God awful tackling from Philadelphia’s defense allowed Chris Thompson to scamper into the end zone. No one tried to wrap him up. Garbage effort. Washington leads, 14-13.

Wentz almost had another deep ball picked off. The ball was underthrown to Agholor. Jason Peters left the game to have his ankle looked at. He was replaced by Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Wentz almost had another deep pass picked by Bashaud Breeland but Alshon Jeffery broke it up. Sturgis nailed a 50-yard field goal to give the Eagles the lead before the half. Nice kick! Eagles lead, 16-14.

THIRD QUARTER

The Eagles started the second half with the ball. Peters returned at left tackle for one play before coming out again. Wentz hit Smith for a 30-yard catch-and-run over the middle. Jeffery dropped a pass (?!) over the middle. The Eagles had to settle for a 42-yard field goal, which Sturgis nailed. Eagles lead, 19-14.

Tim Jernigan came up with a big sack on Cousins to force Washington into a 2nd-and-16. Then Hicks sacked Cousins on third down to force a punt. Except Bradham held Jordan Reed and gave Washington a free first down. The bad news for Washington is that starting left tackle Trent Williams slowly walked off the field. Then he returned. Derek Barnett got tackled by Jordan Reed on a play where Cousins scrambled for a first down. No call. Chris Long had a free rush at Cousins and missed him. Just brutal. Cousins converts the first down. Mills broke up a pass intended for Pryor in the red zone. Destiny Vaeao (wrist) left the game early. Washington had to settle for a field goal after a Crowder catch was ruled incomplete. Bad call and should have been a catch, but it would’ve been short of the sticks anyway. Eagles lead, 19-17.

Wentz got called for intentional grounding on a similar play to the one where Cousins didn’t called flagged earlier. Cool to see things called both ways. Wentz almost connected with Jeffery on an awesome, contested catch down the field but Alshon couldn’t hold on. Not an easy play by any means, but that’s a catch Jeffery is being paid to make. Eagles have to punt.

FOURTH QUARTER

A dumb late hit by Joe Walker on special teams gives Washington 15 free yards. Washington moved into scoring position but ... Cousins threw a pick in the end zone! To Jalen Mills. The Green Goblin’s first career interception couldn’t have come at a better time! Great blitz dialed up by Schwartz on that play.

Wentz had Smith deep for a touchdown but the ball was overthrown. Wentz made up for it by eluding pressure on third down and connecting with Ertz for a first. The highs and lows of Wentz right there. On a big 3rd-and-8 around the middle of the field, the Eagles ran ... a screen to Agholor. Always a good idea to throw the ball behind the line of scrimmage when you need a first down, right? (Nope!) Terrible blocking on the play.

A great 50-yard punt from Jones pinned Washington at their 1-yard line. The defense forced a three-and-out. Great work.

The Eagles got the ball to the red zone. At the 20-yard line in a 4th-and-1 situation. It looked like the Eagles were going to go for it but they were just trying to draw the defense offsides. It predictably didn’t work. Eagles kick the field goal instead and it’s good. Eagles lead, 22-17.

Sturgis appeared to get hurt on the kickoff. Brandon Graham came up with a HUGE!!! strip-sack on Cousins and Cox recovered it for a touchdown! It looked like Cousins’ arm was going forward, though. I was fully expecting the call to be overturned ... but it wasn’t! Wow. What a bad mistake by the refs there. But the Eagles benefit. Philly goes for the two-point conversion and Wentz connects with Jeffery. Josh Norman, in sore loser/sour puss fashion, knocked the ball out of Jeffery’s hands way after the conversion was good. Lolskins. Eagles lead, 30-17.

Graham sacked Cousins again on a meaningless Washington comeback attempt. Beast.

GAME OVER. EAGLES END THE STREAK!!!

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