And it will come against a team that has won three in a row in the Washington Redskins.
The Eagles responded from an abysmal 14-penalty, 111-yard performance against the Detroit Lions last Sunday with 13 penalties for 114 yards in a 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins.
“If you hit the panic button in this business, you don’t belong in this business”, Cousins said.
However, they still allowed nearly 400 yards a game and struggle in run defense, ranked 31 in the league.
Another football sin was committed by the offensive line, missing Lane Johnson who began his 10-game suspension this week, Halapoulivaati Vaitai made his first career start at right tackle and the Washington defense feasted on a makeshift O-line, sacking Wentz five times and pressuring him on almost every drop back. However, Cousins did throw a bad interception for a touchdown and the Redskins special teams gave up a kick return touchdown too. Aside from injuries, the Redskins defense is improving as they forced a turnover for their seventh straight game.
“It was just tough for us to get in the groove today”, Wentz said. With the team headed toward a bright future, digging up memories from the past may only slow them down. The Eagles rank second in points allowed, fourth in third-down percentage and eighth in yards per play. Sometimes they don’t get symptoms until a day or two later – (as) with the case of Jordan. The Eagles went 4 of 12 on third downs.
On the offensive end for Washington, it may be without its tight end. “It’s dang near impossible to win with 13 penalties”. The Redskins outgained the Eagles, 493-239, to go 2-1 in NFC East games this season. The Eagles offense finished with just 48 offensive plays. It was also the coaches’ decision to start Vaitai at right tackle. I have tremendous respect for the talent level, for the scheme, the coaching staff that they have, and it will be a great challenge for us. After a 35-yard reception by DeSean Jackson, immediately followed by a 15-yard by Jones, Jamison Crowder caught a 16-yard pass for a touchdown. Dustin Hopkins kicked off from his own 20 after Vernon Davis earned a foolish unsportsmanlike penalty for using the football to do a free throw through the uprights after scoring a touchdown on the previous play. If you take away those two breakdowns, the Redskins put a beating on the Eagles.
Davis, who was celebrating his first touchdown catch of the season, took a jump shot with the ball, shooting it over the goal post to draw the penalty. Smallwood found an opening and scampered down the left sideline for the touchdown. However, Cousins had a horrific interception that he threw off of his back foot.
Kirk Cousins had a pretty solid day for the Redskins, but he still made some critical mistakes. And if you miss, we’re banking on other guys getting to the ball. “We weren’t staying in our gaps”. The Eagles opened the season with three wins before losing two straight. Pederson said he’s still being evaluated.
Jordan Reed (8-53 receiving on 11 targets in Week 5) had 9-129-2 receiving in Week 16 win over Eagles previous year, but check his status as he was in the concussion protocol on Wednesday. CB Bashaud Breeland (sprained ankle) returned after missing two games.
This isn’t going to be a fun read for Eagles fans, but it’s a necessary one, especially following the highs of the first three weeks.