Commanders key numbers: Another game slips away in Week 8 vs. Eagles

The Commanders couldn't build on a positive start...
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The Good: Commanders offense shows potential

17: The Washington Commanders' offense came to play. After averaging eight points per game in the first half, including zero against the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills, and three versus the Chicago Bears, Eric Bieniemy's unit had 17 first-half points against the Philadelphia Eagles.

This matched their first-half total against the Eagles in Week 4. Philadelphia's defense has averaged 9.5 first-half points against all other opponents compared to 17 for Washington.

1: With a new offensive line layout, the Commanders only allowed one sack on Sam Howell, and that too was 57-plus minutes into game time. The Eagles were averaging 4.3 sacks over their last three games, so the Commanders' restricting them to such a low number was impressive.

Unfortunately, the sack that saw Andrew Wylie getting blown up, was a dagger. The Commanders turned the ball over on downs, and three plays later, the Eagles took a 38-24 lead.

114: Sam Howell had a career day, finishing with a 75 percent completion percentage, 397 passing yards, four touchdowns, and a 114.0 passer rating. He broke the franchise record for most completions in the first half (24), became the fastest quarterback in franchise history to 200 completions, and became second in team history for the number of passing touchdowns through nine games (13).

He also had two of the top-15 most improbable completions of the week, including a 13-yard dart to Jahan Dotson (14.2% completion probability) and a 26-yard touchdown reception to Terry McLaurin (27.9%).

Eric Bieniemy called a game that leveraged Howell's strengths and there wasn't much more you could ask of the quarterback.

2.7: The Eagles' offense was coming in averaging 142.7 rushing yards per game, and the Commanders' defense was able to hold them to 59 rushing yards with a paltry 2.7 yards per attempt.

108: Is Jahan Dotson officially back? He finished the game leading all Commanders with eight receptions - including two third-down conversions - for 108 receiving yards and a touchdown.

It was his second career 100-plus yard game and he would have had more, if not for a questionable incompletion call late in the fourth quarter.

2: Washington's defense stopped the Eagles twice in the red zone, at the five, and at the one-yard line, including forcing a fumble on the infamous tush-push. This saved a minimum of six, if not 14 potential points.