Week 17 Key Numbers: Washington’s slim playoff hopes come crashing down
The Bad: Washington goes scoreless in second half
34: Outside of the last drive, which ended with the game-ending interception, Washington only had 34 total yards on its three other second-half possessions. Washington finished the second half with only 82 total yards, which was reminiscent of the last game against the Eagles, where Washinton had only 38 yards of offense in the second and third quarters combined.
75%: According to Eagles Coach, Nick Sirianni, the team was aggressive in the first half based on how Heinicke was playing.
"“Did you see some of the throws Heinicke was making early in that game, getting away from the pressure that we were getting on him? The guy was playing good, so I felt like in those scenarios we had to be aggressive.”"
Washington’s defense allowed the Eagles to convert on 75% of its fourth-down conversions, including two inside the five-yard line, with both ending in Boston Scott touchdown runs.
15: Washington’s offensive line has struggled with injuries the last couple of weeks and during the four-game losing streak, have allowed 15 sacks and 31 QB hits.
1: Washington’s defense was struggling to get pressure all game and had only one sack. The defense allowed Jalen Hurts to have all day in the pocket, including on a game-changing 3rd and 14, which led to Philadelphia’s third-quarter touchdown.
30-7: In the two losses to the Eagles this season, Washington has been outscored 30-7 in the second half.
13, 206: Washington has had no answer for Dallas Goedert this season as he has 13 receptions for 206 yards in his two games against the Football Team. His 206 receiving yards are about 25% of his season total.
5: Taylor Heinicke has thrown an interception in his last five starts, and is now averaging an interception per game this season.
Although Washington lost its fourth straight game and has now finished third or worst in the division in 26 of the last 34 seasons, Ron Rivera praised the team’s effort for everything the players have overcome.
"The biggest thing is they fought, they played hard, they gave themselves a chance at the end. That’s all you can ask for."
One thing is clear and that’s that the players believe in Ron Rivera and are bought in, but the Achille’s heel for Washington still remains the same as the lack of playmakers and quality depth have continued to hurt the team’s chances.