In what can only be described as an ideal sequence of events for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, the door to the NFC East crown is slowly opening. The Eagles spent the bye week watching the Dallas Cowboys lose 28-14 to the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football, but the bigger impact was the Washington Redskins getting trounced 38-14 at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
Making matters worse for the Redskins was a rash of injuries that gutted their receiving weapons and the interior of their offensive line.
Gruden says G Brandon Scherff (torn pectoral), G Shawn Lauvao (torn ACL) and WR Paul Richardson Jr. (AC joint) will all have surgery and miss the remainder of the 2018 season.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 5, 2018
This is catastrophic news for an offense that was already struggling to put points on the board. To try to mitigate the loss, they picked up some street free agents in the hopes that they’ll have the requisite depth to deal with the loss.
Redskins signed OT Austin Howard, G Jonathan Cooper and G Luke Bowanko. Injuries force a shuffle up front.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2018
With stud offensive tackle Trent Williams dealing with a thumb injury that could cost him multiple games and other bookend Morgan Moses “day-to-day” with an MCL sprain, things are looking more and more like the 2017 season for their offensive line. Last year they were similarly ravaged by injuries and ranked 30th in Adjusted Games Lost along their line. This facilitated a 4-7 slide after starting out 3-2.
Dialing back to Dallas; owner Jerry Jones has said there are no plans to fire head coach Jason Garrett and that quarterback Dak Prescott will get extended. Great news for Eagles fans if he’s being honest about their short-term and long-term plans.