The Washington Football Team was down 17 points in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles but emerged with the win.
Early on in Week 1, things didn’t look good for the Washington Football Team. They weren’t playing disciplined. The Philadelphia Eagles were moving up and down the field at will. Washington had no answer for Philly’s tight ends and they couldn’t take advantage of the team’s weaknesses.
But just before halftime, things changed. Trailing by 17, Washington was finally able to get things going on offense. Dwayne Haskins got comfortable. The defense made plays and got stops. From there, the script flipped and it was all Washington.
Ron Rivera‘s squad scored the final 27 points of the game. The defensive line generated eight sacks. Jimmy Moreland and Fabian Moreau each had key picks leading to touchdowns. They made the adjustments needed to win the game. And that was enough to end a six-game losing streak against the Eagles.
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This win was nothing short of excellent for Washington. They fought hard and never gave up, something that they did under the previous regime.
They also proved that this team does have upside. Even if they’re not yet ready to be a playoff team, they will play hard. That’s a staple of Rivera-coached teams, so this isn’t a surprise. But it’s something that has been foreign to Washington fans in recent seasons: hope.
Washington has a bright future. This game proves it. Were they perfect? No. But there were positive steps in this contest. After starting 3-of-12 for 32 yards, Dwayne Haskins finished the game by completing 14-of-19 passes for 146 yards and a TD. The numbers in total aren’t great, but they’re solid. And he didn’t turn the ball over.
And the defense was excellent. After struggling early, they locked down the Eagles and put relentless pressure on Carson Wentz. They did a great job of keeping the energy up and continuing to hassle the Eagles and prevent them from making any big plays downfield.
Considering that they were adjusting to a new coaching staff without a preseason, Washington looked good. It took them time to get going, but once they did, they were ready. We’ll soon see just how far this coaching staff can carry the team, but the future is looking bright in Washington.