The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins on Sunday by shutting them out, 24 to 0. The Eagles then qualified to make the 2019 NFL playoffs with the Minnesota Vikings choking away their season in a loss to the Chicago Bears. Let’s highlight the biggest winners and losers from a glorious conclusion to the 2018 regular season.
The Eagles are 5-1 in their last six games and reasonably could’ve been 6-0 if the worst call of the season didn’t go against them in the Cowboys game. The entire team has really stepped things up ever since they got blown out by the Saints in Week 11. It’s time to put some respeck on Dougie P’s name.
He Just Wins!™ The Eagles are 3-0 in Foles’ last three starts. During that span, he’s completed 77% of his attempts for 962 yards (8.5 average), six touchdowns, three interceptions, and a 108.4 passer rating. Pretty good! Oh, and Foles also tied the NFL record for most consecutive completions with 25. No big deal. The reigning Super Bowl MVP sure looks poised to lead this team on another run.
Why is the quarterback conversation focused on Nick Foles and Carson Wentz when STUDFELD finished the game with a perfect passer rating!? Just kidding, but good by Nasty Nate to help close out the game and not mess anything up.
Best fans in the NFL.
This happened tonight at FedEx Field. I hope Snyder was still there. pic.twitter.com/7iLecc9yVQ— Burgundy Blog (@BurgundyBlog) December 31, 2018
Jason Kelce on Eagles fans in Landover: “Even though we couldn’t clinch at home in front of our crowd at The Linc, we still got to clinch in front of the home crowd here at FedEx Field for sure.”— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) December 31, 2018
Said Eagles got ticket sales info., knew they'd be able to use their home cadence.
It was just earlier this month when Smallwood had been (rightfully) phased out of the rotation entirely. Now he’s suddenly looking the Eagles’ most efficient rushing option. I’m more and more convinced nobody truly knows anything about football, and especially me.
Adams got off to a bit of a slow start but he finished with 50 yards on 11 carries. More impressively, he had three receptions for 33 yards. Adams only had four receptions coming into Sunday’s game. He was never much of a pass catcher at Notre Dame. If he can at least be competent in this regard, it won’t be as predictable that the Eagles are just going to run the ball when he’s in.
As I’ve often said: it feels like the offense goes as Alshon goes. And Alshon sure has been going lately. I really enjoy watching receivers making jump ball catches like Jeffery can. You just can’t guard against it.
Nelly had the first multi-receiving touchdown game of his career on Sunday.
THE EAGLES’ OFFENSIVE LINE
Smallwood, Adams, and Darren Sproles combined for 126 yards on 30 carries (4.2 average). The big guys up front are opening holes in the running game and mostly doing a good job of protecting Foles.
Lane Johnson deserves a special shoutout for keeping Ryan Kerrigan to just three solo tackles, two quarterback hits, two tackles for loss, and one sack in two combined meetings this season. Kerrigan has proven he’s capable of doing MUCH more damage than that. Johnson has successfully prevented him from wrecking games.
Schwartz coached his defense to a shutout despite the fact they’re missing a number of starters, especially in the secondary. I think he deserves to get some head coach interviews.
In just 32 snaps played, Cox has four solo tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, and three quarterback hits. Is that good?
He’s one of three NFL players to 100% of his team’s defensive snaps this season. And his postgame message was awesome:
Ay, like we said before the game, we ain’t sneaking in, we kicking the motherf***ing door down! Know what I mean? We in this party. Nobody wanted us in but guess what? They gotta deal with us now. Keep your mind right, keep playing as a family, keep fighting, keep having fun. Family on three!
SUUUUUUUUUUL really set the tone for the game with an interception on the first play from scrimmage. That’s his third pick on the season and fifth of his career.
Three solo tackles, two quarterback hits, two tackles for loss, and one quarterback hit on Sunday night. Easily Howie Roseman’s best offseason pickup, especially when you factor in value. Saying the Eagles gave up a fifth-round pick isn’t even accurate because they also received a seventh in return. The Eagles ultimately used that seventh to trade up to get Jordan Mailata.
Graham’s impact went beyond the stat sheet. He was disruptive all night long. He’s finally looking healthy as the playoffs arrive. That’s a good sign for the Eagles. And a bad one for Tom Brady.
Johnston had big shoes to fill with Donnie Jones leaving. He’s risen to the challenge and then some.
Washington’s punter was probably their best player on Sunday. He had a strong 44.8 average on five attempts and even completed a pass on a fake punt for a first down. His 95.8 passer rating was certainly higher than Josh Johnson’s mark of 37.7.
They helped the Eagles get in the playoffs! Thank you for not resting your starters, Matt Nagy.
They have to play the reigning Super Bowl champions now.
The biggest loser of them all. It’s long been my brand to point out how Kurt Coupons always folds in big games. His record against teams that finish the season with winning records speaks for itself: 4-25. He’s now come up extremely small in two potential play-in games against opponents who didn’t even have anything to gain by winning. The Vikings really gave this guy an unprecedented, fully guaranteed contract worth $84 million over three years. There really isn’t a more perfect quarterback for such a loser team like the Vikings.
Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen trying to get on the same page after scoring only 3 points in the 1st half. pic.twitter.com/JVx65GeWRB— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 30, 2018
The Eagles have been owning the Vikings since 2016.
- The Eagles traded Sam Bradford to Minnesota for first-round (Derek Barnett) and fourth-round picks (Josh Sweat).
- The Eagles sacked Sammy Sleeves six times in a 21-10 win, which ruined the Vikings’ 5-0 record.
- Vikings GM Rick Spielman had to watch as the Eagles won a coin flip to pick No. 14 instead of No. 15 in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The day that Howie first tasted Viking blood. pic.twitter.com/ZJSXtgKK7e— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) December 31, 2018
- Alshon Jeffery took less money to join the Eagles because he wanted to play with Carson Wentz instead of Sam Bradford.
- The Eagles embarrassed the Vikings in the 2018 NFC Championship Game, 38-7.
- Vikings fans embarrassed themselves by being so salty about the Eagles beating them.
- The Eagles won the Super Bowl at the Vikings’ home stadium.
- The Eagles lost to the Vikings in Week 5 this season, yes, but that ultimately just set up an epic Week 17 choke job that saw the Vikings miss out on the playoffs entirely.
YOU VIKE THAT!?!
Just an absolutely pitiful sports franchise.
Snyder bought team in 99. Fired Head Coaches each of the next 2 yrs. Since he hired his 1st Head Coach in 2001:— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 26, 2018
12-PHI (assumes win wk 17)
Coaches (since buying tm in 99):
SOME CLOWN NAMED MIKE LOMBARDI
He said Pederson would last way less than 51 games. Pederson coached his 51st game on Sunday. The playoff game against the Bears will be No. 52.
EVERY TEAM IN THE PLAYOFFS STANDING IN THE EAGLES’ WAY OF REPEATING AS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS
You’ve been warned.