The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins on Sunday with a SHUTOUT victory, 24 to 0. The Eagles finish the 2018 regular season with a 9-7 record.
And the reigning Super Bowl champions are headed to the playoffs as the No. 6 seed because THE BEARS BEAT THE VIKINGS!
Eagles 9th drive: Eagles aiming to run out the clock here. And meanwhile in Minnesota, the Vikings turn it over on downs! Aaaaaah!!!!! On 3rd-and-2, the Eagles run with Smallwood for a first down. Washington isn’t even taking their timeouts at this point. That’s game!
Washington 9th drive: Washington gets to 4th-and-8 ... and they JUST get the first. Avonte Maddox drops a pick on 3rd-and-6. Cox sacks Johnson on fourth down. He’s a friggin monster.
Eagles 8th drive: Nasty Nate Sudfeld in at quarterback with Foles hurt. Eagles call three straight runs to Adams, who runs for two first downs. Smallwood takes a carry for no gain. Sudfeld floats it Agholor ... who takes it in for a touchdown! STUDFELD REVENGE GAME! and the Bears are up 21-10 following a Tarik Cohen touchdown and a successful 2-point conversion! This is madness! Eagles lead, 24 to 0.
Washington 8th drive: Washington moves to 3rd-and-2 from the Eagles’ 33-yard line. On third down, Johnson is SACKED by Bennett. On 4th-and-12, Fletcher Cox knocks the ball out of Johnson’s hands and Washington recovers for a turnover on downs. Pass rush coming up big once again.
Eagles 7th drive: Foles is sacked by Ryan Kerrigan. Foles’ third down screen pass is tipped and Tate knocks it down to prevent an interception. Three-and-out, Eagles have to punt. Oh, and Foles is going to the locker room after getting hurt.
Washington 7th drive (continued): Johnson airs it out deep but he’s almost picked off by Corey Graham, who drops it. Would’ve been a real impressive pick. Johnson is almost intercepted again on a pass over the middle. Meanwhile, the Vikings just scored and the Bears are only up 13-10. And the Rams are up 38-10. Gulp. Johnson’s third down pass is incomplete and Washington comes in to punt once again.
Washington 7th drive: Washington takes over at their own 25-yard line with 1:25 remaining in the third quarter. Bears still up 13-3 but Minny is driving. On third down, Treyvon Hester gets wrapped up Johnson as the quarterback throws the ball away. Washington comes in to punt ... no, it’s a fake! Tress Way completes it for a first down. That’s the end of the third quarter.
Eagles 6th drive: On 3rd-and-3, Foles hits Tate on a short pass for a first down. Agholor goes out of bounds for a loss on the same run the Eagles utilized earlier, this time to the opposite side of the field. On 2nd-and-13, Foles hits a wide open Jeffery for another first. Adams notches another reception for another first down. Not a guy you usually expect to be involved as a pass catcher (only four career catches before tonight) but he’s been capable. Foles’ 25th consecutive completion ties the NFL record. Lol, Foles has had such a crazy career. Eagles move into goal-to-go territory on the ground. Adams takes it to the 5-yard line and he’s banged up. Foles throws behind Agholor on second down and, WELP, there goes breaking the consecutive completion record. Would’ve been an easy touchdown with an accurate pass. Eagles go back to the same play on third down and Foles completes it to Agholor this time, who reaches the ball over the goal line. But it’s ruled incomplete because the ball is knocked out after Agholor reaches over. But Pederson challenges it and it’s correctly reversed. Touchdown! Three possession game. Eagles lead, 17 to 0.
Washington 6th drive: Bradham breaks up Johnson’s pass on 3rd-and-3. Washington has to punt from their own 16-yard line. And Mitchell Trubisky is still in the game for the Bears as Chicago begins the second half!
Eagles 5th drive: Eagles get the ball to start the second half. Bears up 13-3 on the Vikings at the half ... but the Rams are up 28-3 on the 49ers. Screw you, San Francisco. Back to the Eagles game: Boston Scott is back for the kick return but he lets it go for a touchback. Adams gets the first carry of the second half and he fights through contact for a 6-yard gain. Adams runs again up the middle for another first. Eagles offensive line opening up some nice holes in the running game tonight. Foles throws to Adams this time and he takes it for another first down. Smallwood gets a carry, then Foles throws to Ertz to bring up 3rd-and-3. That’s a new franchise record for consecutive completions with 19 (used to be Donovan McNabb with 18). Smallwood runs to bring up 4th-and-1. Pederson goes for it again ... but the offense takes a delay of game. Not great! Cameron Johnston comes in to punt. In some good news: the 49ers scored a touchdown so they’re “only” down 28-10 now.
Washington 5th drive: Washington takes over at their 25-yard line with 30 seconds remaining in the second. Graham hits Johnson’s arm as he’s throwing and it’s originally ruled a fumble recovered by Washington before being overturned into an incompletion. Right call. By the way, Graham is a having a HUGE night so far. Chris Thompson runs for nine yards and Washington takes their first timeout with 20 seconds left. Johnson overthrows Thompson along the sideline and there are 16 seconds left. Cre’Von LeBlanc pressures Johnson as he dumps off to Thompson, who is tackled for a loss from behind by Bennett. Great hustle play by the veteran to bring up the end of the first half.
Eagles 4th drive: Smallwood with a 9-yard run. He’s clearly looking like the Eagles’ most effective runner so far. Sproles is tackled on a delayed handoff to set up 3rd-and-2. Eagles toss to Sproles and he picks up the first. He’s still going strong. Foles throws off his back foot to Jeffery for another first down. Eagles run a screen to Goedert that goes for a 1-yard loss. Foles swings it out to Adams, who slips once again, to bring up 3rd-and-2. Foles delivers a short pass over the middle to Agholor for another first down. Foles takes a sack after holding on to the ball to bring up 2nd-and-15. Foles dumps off to Smallwood to set up 3rd-and-8 from Washington’s 38-yard line. Foles dumps off to Smallwood again and the running back fights through contact for a first down. A delayed handoff to Sproles puts the Eagles in the red zone. Another Sproles run is stopped for no gain to bring up 3rd-and-5. Foles checks down to Zach Ertz (first reception of the day!) to bring up 4th-and-1. Is Doug Pederson going to go for it? You bet your ass he is. Adams is the running back ... but it’s a quarterback sneak for a first down. Boom. Sproles takes the Eagles inside the 10-yard line following a first down false start. Foles flips a shovel pass to Smallwood who can’t quite power into the end zone but picks up enough to set up 1st-and-goal. Foles throws to Jeffery in the end zone for a jump ball TOUCHDOWN! What a drive: 11 minutes and 49 seconds on 19 plays. Meanwhile, the Bears are up 13-0 (Cody Parked missed extra point, smh). The Rams are up 21-3 on the Niners, though. Eagles lead, 10 to 0.
Washington 4th drive (continued): Johnson delivers a strike to Josh Doctson for a 20-yard gain. The Eagles have Johnson bottled up but he escapes for a short gain. On third down, Graham and Michael Bennett force Johnson to take a sack near the sideline. Eagles pass rush making life very difficult on Johnson. Washington’s quarterback is 2/7 for 27 yards and an interception. MEANWHILE: Bears still up 7-0 ... Rams up 14-3.
Washington 4th drive: Peterson runs for a 1-yard loss to bring up the end of the first quarter.
Eagles 3rd drive: Foles to Sproles for a first down. Smallwood runs for a first down. Adams runs for one yard ... it doesn’t look like he has the juice recently, folks. Eagles get Nelson Agholor involved on a jet sweep and he runs for another first down. Two short Foles completions bring up 3rd-and-4 from Washington’s 37-yard line. Alshon Jeffery hauls in an over-the-shoulder catch from Foles and the Eagles go hurry up to prevent a Washington challenge since it’s close. Smart, though it looked like Jeffery was in anyway. Foles throws short of the sticks to Tate to bring up fourth down. Jake Elliott is in for the 33-yard field goal attempt and it’s good. Eagles lead, 3 to 0.
Washington 3rd drive: Brandon Graham explodes into the backfield to drop Peterson for a 4-yard loss. Nigel Bradham knocks down a Johnson pass and Graham gets a hand on it but it’s incomplete. On 3rd-and-14, Eagles pressure forces Johnson into an incompletion. The Eagles are fortunate Johnson is not good.
Eagles 2nd drive: Adams slips on a 5-yard run. Foles gets sacked on second down despite Sproles being open. On 3rd-and-8, Tate drops a good third down ball from Foles. Ugh. Making matters worse, the Rams are up 14-0 on the 49ers.
Washington 2nd drive: Holding penalty by Washington wipes out an 8-yard run by Adrian Peterson. Johnson throws a pass along the sideline but it’s incomplete. On 3rd-and-13, Johnson throws high and out of bounds. Three-and-out. Bears up 7-0, by the way!
Eagles 1st drive: Wendell Smallwood with the first carry of the game for eight yards. Darren Sproles come in to run for a first down. Nick Foles hits a wide open Dallas Goedert on a crosser for a 25-yard gain. Josh Adams comes in and runs for four yards. All three Eagles running backs involved on the first drive. On 3rd-and-5, Foles throws a terrible pick right to Deshazor Everett. Brutal decision. Had Golden Tate wide open. Takes a field goal attempt off the board.
Washington 1st drive: On the first play, Josh Johnson rolls out, throws deep and is ... picked off by RaSUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL Douglas. Strong start.
Coin toss: Washington wins the toss and elects to receive. Former Eagles running back Byron Marshall handles the kick return.
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The key word there is “hope.” That’s all the Eagles can do while they try to mainly focus on something they CAN control: beating Washington.
The Eagles should be able to win on Sunday. They’re playing good football recently. The offense has gone over 30 points the last two weeks. Reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles playing well has helped in that regard. The defense, meanwhile, is forcing some turnovers and getting pressure on the quarterback.
Washington is not playing good football recently. Jay Gruden’s side actually ranks 30th overall in weighted DVOA. That’s very bad. Josh Johnson has brought some level of competency to the quarterback position for Washington but he’s not going to single-handily beat the Eagles, especially behind a porous offensive line. Washington’s vulnerable secondary got even weaker this week with the team releasing one of their best players, D.J. Swearinger.
It feels like the only way the Eagles can lose this game is if they beat themselves. Philly has been able to stay out of their own way recently so it seems like they’ll be able to do that once again. But, as they say: that’s why they play the games.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch this one.
Date: Sunday, December 30, 2018
Time: 4:25 PM ET
Announcers: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (field reporter)
Referee: Craig Wrolstad (Eagles 7-6 in 13 games)
Location: FedEx Field | Landover, Maryland
NFL Network replay: TBA
Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | SIRIUS: 121 (Phi), 83 (Was) | XM: 387 (Phi), 225 (Was)
Per Bovada, the Eagles are significant road favorites.
Philadelphia Eagles -7 (-110)
Washington Redskins +7 (-110)
The Eagles are 77-85-6 in 168 all-time regular season games against Washington. The Eagles are 3-0 in their last three games against Washington.
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Eagles 2018 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 6, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) NFL Kickoff Game
Week 2 - at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sept. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Tennessee Titans (Sept. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - at New York Giants (Oct. 11, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN) Thursday Night Football
Week 7 - vs. Carolina Panthers (Oct 21, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 - at Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 28, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) London Game
Week 9 - BYE (Nov. 4)
Week 10 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 11, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 11 - at New Orleans Saints (Nov. 18, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 12 - vs. New York Giants (Nov. 25, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins (Dec. 3, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 14 - at Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 9, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 16, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 16 - vs. Houston Texans (Dec. 23, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 17 - at Washington Redskins (Dec. 30, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)