After another stellar performance from Carson Wentz, the Eagles knocked off the Washington Redskins 34-24. The Eagles' offense ignited in the second quarter following an ugly and scoreless first 15 minutes and kept its foot on the gas beating Washington for the second time this season.
For the third consecutive game, Wentz finished with at least three passing touchdowns. On the night, Wentz finished 17-of-25 for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Wentz also gained a career-high 63 rushing yards. Zach Ertz led the Eagles with 89 receiving yards, but four different Eagles scored. Ertz, Nelson Agholor, and rookies Corey Clement and Mack Hollins each hauled in a touchdown throw from Wentz.
With the win, the Eagles hold on to the NFL's best record and move to 6-1 on the season.
"Yeah, it's a little bittersweet. The guys are obviously excited for the win, to be 6-1, but then, the realization is we've got a couple guys that got nicked up in this game and we don't know the extent yet," said head coach Doug Pederson. "But listen, this is a resilient group and we've seen it already in the first two months of the season. It's a great testament to the guys again tonight for battling and finishing the game."
On the game's opening drive, the Redskins struck first with a field goal to go up 3-0. The first drive was less fortuitous for the Eagles. The offense was called for four consecutive penalties to start the game. Things got worse on second down when Wentz overthrew wide receiver Torrey Smith. The pass landed in the hands of Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar for an interception.
Later in the first, rookie Derek Barnett earned the first full sack of his career. The play ended the Redskins' drive and forced a punt with just over two minutes left in the quarter.
Kicker Jake Elliott knotted the game at 3-3 early in the second with his fourth 50-yarder of the season, tying a franchise record. It was also his 11th straight successful field goal attempt.
Inside the Philadelphia 10-yard line, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins spotted a wide-open Chris Thompson for a short touchdown. The score put the Redskins up 10-3 with about 10 minutes remaining in the half.
Rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins gave the Eagles' offense life before halftime. Hollins hawked down a 64-yard pass from Carson Wentz for a touchdown to tie the game at 10-10 with less than four minutes remaining. Later, with less than 30 seconds in the half, Ertz put the brakes on safety D.J. Swearinger, making him fly by, before Ertz jogged into the end zone for a 4-yard score from Wentz. The touchdown gave Ertz a career-high five on the season. The Eagles went up 17-10 at the half.
To start the third quarter, Wentz worked his magic on third down yet again. This time, Wentz maneuvered his way through the pocket and found Clement for a score. Clement made a valiant leap, cradled the ball, and managed to keep both feet inbounds, putting the Eagles up 24-10.
The Redskins answered when Cousins and tight end Jordan Reed connected for a 5-yard touchdown making the score 24-17 in favor of the Eagles.
The Eagles started with the ball in the final period and Wentz earned his fourth touchdown of the evening when he found Agholor down the seam. Agholor bobbled the ball mid-air but managed to hold on for a career-high fifth touchdown of the year.
It was the defense's turn to make plays on the ensuing Redskins possession. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox sacked Cousins to push the Redskins back 6 yards. Two plays later, safety Corey Graham picked off Cousins at the Washington 39 thanks to pressure from Cox and defensive end Brandon Graham. Kicker Jake Elliott polished off the short drive with a 42-yarder. Reed scored his second touchdown of the night late but it proved to be too late as the Eagles finished the game in the victory formation.
The Eagles will be back at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday to face the San Francisco 49ers.
Carson Wentz: 17-25, 268 yards, 4 TD, INT
Kirk Cousins: 30-40, 303 yards, 3 TD
Zach Ertz: 3 catches, 71 yards, TD
Corey Clement: 9 yards, TD
Mack Hollins: 64 yards, TD
Nelson Agholor: 4 catches, 45 yards, TD
Jordan Reed: 5 catches, 37 yards, TD
Chris Thompson: 5 catches, 26 yards, TD
Carson Wentz: 8 carries, 63 yards
Chris Thompson: 7 carries, 38 yards
The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins 34-24 on Monday Night Football.