The Washington Commanders got embarrassed by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. We all know FedEx Field is susceptible to being overtaken by rival fans and that’s exactly what happened this past weekend after Philly opened up a 24-0 lead in the second quarter.
That’s not to say Commanders fans didn’t put up a fair fight. The atmosphere in Week 1 against Jacksonville was as electric as we can remember. The stadium looked as though it was shaking following the fourth quarter touchdowns from Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson.
Fans were ready to deliver a similar atmosphere in Week 3.
The Commanders just didn’t allow for that to happen. Giving up nine sacks, allowing four completions of 40-plus yards and not scoring a touchdown until garbage time in the fourth quarter will zap a stadium’s energy; especially one that countless are already reluctant to attend because of ownership.
In the second half, it was pretty clear Eagles fans asserted their dominance over disappointed Commanders diehards. How significant was the advantage?
Per Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, Washington had to go silent count on offense because the noise was so overwhelming.
Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon dragged the Commanders after Philly fans overtook FedEx Field on Sunday.
Gannon’s explicit “write that” remark proves he wants the Commanders to know Sunday morphed into a quasi-home game for Philadelphia. While Gannon might now be public enemy No. 1 for Washington fans, this is a team and organizational failure more than anything else.
For starters, the group Philly Sports Trip brought 20 buses packed with crazed Philly fanatics. That alone set the stage for a potential takeover and doesn’t even account for the number of Eagles fans who brought standalone tickets.
Additionally, Landover isn’t a long trip from Philadelphia. It’s not like you’re talking about fans having to travel cross-country. And it’s well-documented that countless Eagles fans reside in the Maryland and Washington area.
To rub salt in the wound, Jalen Hurts gave Eagles fans a special shoutout after the win for creating a home-like atmosphere in hostile territory.
"“Yeah, I want to give a special shoutout to the Eagles fans,“ Hurts said. “Everybody who came out to FedExField. It definitely felt like a home game. Just how loud it was, how much green and black was in the stadium. It was very, very impressive, and it was a sight to see. Gotta keep riding like that. Keep going.”"
If Commanders fans needed another reason to punch air, get a load of this.
That is a sea of green, folks. It’s unclear when that photo was taken. If it was at the end of the game or any point in the fourth quarter, it’d make more sense as Commanders fans likely cleared out with the score well out of reach. If it was early in the game, though, then shame on Washington’s brass.
Again, Commanders fans have nothing to hang their heads about.
This will continue happening until there’s an ownership change or the team starts winning consistently. Hopefully, Gannon dragging the franchise through the mud sends a wake-up call to the team’s brass, front office and coaching staff.
How long have we been begging for that, though?