Eagles vs. Redskins Recap: Washington Beats Philadelphia, 27-20
The Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to face the Washington Redskins in a Week 6 matchup at FedEx Field. The Birds are trying to pick up their first division win of the 2016 NFL season and advance to 4-1. We’ll periodically update this thread throughout the game with highlights, drive summaries, score updates, and more. Feel free to jump in the comments below.
FINAL SCORE: Eagles lose to Washington, 27-20. (Click here for instant observations.)
4:11 – Matt Jones goes off for a 57-yard run on third down. That’s the game.
4:03 – Great throw from Wentz to Nelson Agholor over the middle to move the chains on 3rd-and-9. Then Wentz takes two sacks and the Eagles face 4th-and-24. Doug Pederson calls a timeout and elects to punt with 1:44 remaining. Only two timeouts left for the Birds.
3:56 – Philadelphia’s defense comes up with big stop after struggling for most of the day. The Eagles get the ball back with 4:05 left and down a touchdown.
3:51 – FIELD GOAL: Eagles 20, Washington 27. Philadelphia marches into the red zone and faces 3rd-and-5. Brandon Brooks gets called for a false start. Then Zach Ertz drops a pass from Wentz that had a chance of being a touchdown. That kind of day for the Birds. Caleb Sturgis nails the short kick.
3:41 – FIELD GOAL: Washington 27, Eagles 17. Dustin Hopkins hits a 50-yard field goal to put Washington back up by two possessions.
3:30 – FIELD GOAL: Eagles 17, Washington 24. Philadelphia scores on their longest drive of the day. Wentz helps set up the kick with a great throw to Matthews for a 54-yard completion deep down the field.
3:17 – Nolan Carroll heads to the sideline with an injury. Leodis McKelvin is already inactive for this game, so the Birds are down to Brooks and Mills. UPDATE: Carroll cleared to return.
3:09 – An incredible scramble and throw from Wentz on third down gets wiped out by a very questionable call on Wendell Smallwood. The Eagles have to punt on their first offensive drive of the second half. Philadelphia has been bad, but they’re not getting any help from the officials.
The referees called THIS a block in the back. Unbelievable. https://t.co/qHYUAWuaKU
— Ben Livingston (@bliv94) October 16, 2016
3:03 – Vaitai starts the second half at right tackle despite mightily struggling in the first half.
2:58 – FIELD GOAL: Washington 24, Eagles 14. Once again, Washington marches down the field with ease. They were assisted by bad defense and dumb penalties, including a Ron Brooks facemask, from the Eagles. Philadelphia ends up holding Washington to a field goal but it could have been zero points if Jenkins doesn’t drop an interception in the end zone.
2:49 – Logan returns to the field after leaving the game in the first half due to injury.
2:35 – END OF THE FIRST HALF. Click here to read our half-time observations.
2:30 – TOUCHDOWN: Washington 21, Eagles 14. Washington drives into the red zone and the Eagles get a stop but Fletcher Cox gets called for roughing the passer. Washington capitalizes with a rushing touchdown from Matt Jones. Cox now has two penalties in two weeks that killed red zone stops.
2:22 – Bennie Logan leaves the game with a groin injury. His return is questionable.
2:15 – Good tweet from the Eagles here as they poke fun at NFL’s new social media policy that restricts teams from using videos and GIFs.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 16, 2016
2:10 – TOUCHDOWN: Eagles 14, Washington 14. Cousins faces pressure from Marcus Smith (!) and throws a short pass that gets picked off by Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins takes it 64 yards to tie the game. Big play by the Eagles to end a drive that wasn’t going well for them.
Hey Kirk Cousins I LIKE THAT https://t.co/08eEgcbMjz
— Patrick (@PatrickMCausey) October 16, 2016
2:01 – TOUCHDOWN: Eagles 7, Washington 14. Wendell Smallwood returns the kickoff 86 yards for a score. The excessive celebration penalty called on the Davis touchdown contributed to Washington’s special teams failure.
You're not stopping Wendell Smallwood.
— NFL (@NFL) October 16, 2016
1:56 – TOUCHDOWN: Washington 14, Eagles 0. Washington marches down the field with ease and scores with Cousins throwing a touchdown pass to Vernon Davis. Poor tackling is a big issue for the Birds right now.
1:46 – Kerrigan beats Vaitai and sacks Wentz for a third time. The Eagles have to punt. This is looking like the Winston Justice game, part II.
1:37 – TOUCHDOWN: Washington 7, Eagles 0. Kirk Cousins hits a wide open Jamison Crowder with Malcolm Jenkins trailing in coverage for the first score of the day.
1:32 – Another Eagles offensive drive fails after some inaccurate throws from Wentz. Matthews drops a ball that was thrown high but looked catchable. Wentz starts the game 1-5 for 12 yards. Not great.
1:21 – The Eagles go three-and-out after Jordan Matthews fails to keep both feet in on third down. Nice throw from Wentz despite pressure. The rookie quarterback is facing a lot of pressure on nearly every play.
1:16 – Jalen Mills, not Ron Brooks, gets the start at outside cornerback. The rookie allows multiple catches and gets called for a defensive holding penalty, but Philadelphia’s defense eventually gets a stop.
1:07 – Carson Wentz gets sacked twice on Philadelphia’s first possession. Rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai, starting at right tackle in place of Lane Johnson, gets destroyed by linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and the Eagles have to punt.
— Billy Penn (@billy_penn) October 16, 2016
1:00 – Washington wins the toss but defers. Eagles get the ball first on offense.
11:33 – Eagles starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin won’t play against Washington. Full inactive list can be found here.