Five positives and negatives for Washington Football Team in win over Eagles
Momentum can be everything in a game. It can turn the contest around in an instant. Momentum can carry a team to an inspiring victory. Momentum can also change a team’s fortunes from horrific to excellence or vice-versa.
The latter of these descriptions describes Sunday’s WFT experience at FedEx Field, but in a good way. Late in the first half, cornerback Fabian Moreau intercepted a Carson Wentz pass and the offense converted the timely turnover into a touchdown just seconds before halftime.
Early in the third quarter, a Jimmy Moreland interception deep in Eagles territory resulted in a WFT offensive touchdown five plays later. A 17-point deficit was trimmed to three points and the remainder of the game was dominated by Washington.
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How about third-down issues on offense and defense? This has been a major thorn in the side for Washington over the years and it became an annual occurrence. The WFT was 5-18 on third-down conversions on Sunday. Third down efficiency still needs improvement and it doesn’t help when the opponent didn’t dress many of their starters on defense last Sunday.
The defense struggled with third-down situations early in the game. In the first quarter, the WFT defensive line sacked Wentz twice and the Eagles were confronted with a third down and 22 yards to go. They converted with a 55-yard pass. Penalties assisted the Eagles in additional third-down conversions in the first half as the Burgundy and Gold struggled.
The defense did themselves no favors early on, but they did rebound when the momentum changed.