Good morning, Eagles fans! Happy Victory Monday! The Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins yesterday 32-27 at Lincoln Financial Field. After being down 17-0 in the second quarter, the Birds were able to complete the comeback and secure their first win of the season. In this edition of Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft, we will cover everything from DeSean Jackson’s return to Philadelphia to Carson Wentz’s season debut. Let’s dive right into it!
1. DeSean Jackson steals the show Eagles' home opener victory
In his first game back at Lincoln Financial Field as an Eagle since January 4, 2013, DeSean Jackson did not disappoint. Jackson led both teams with a game-high 154 yards receiving and became just the fourth player in Eagles history to catch multiple 50-plus-yard touchdowns in a single game. It was Jackson's sixth career opening-day game with 100-plus receiving yards, which is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin for the most such performances in NFL history. Jackson also surpassed Mike Quick for sole possession of eighth place on the Eagles’ all-time receptions list.Check out what he and his teammates had to say about his first game back, here.
“Last night going to sleep and yesterday in meetings, the emotions were just racing,” Jackson said. “I couldn’t stay calm. I was over excited and like a kid before Christmas. I know the reunion of me coming back and what I mean to this city and what the city means to me in the green colors, and just being a part of this organization and family is just something special for me. Before the game, I was pretty calm and collected, but they I had the penalty and I got that out of the way and I was good.”
2. Phenomenal second half from Carson Wentz, Eagles offense turns opener around
The franchise quarterback led the team to victory during the home opener with three straight touchdown drives. Alshon Jefferey and DeSean Jackson contributed mightily to this victory and ultimately the offense was able to outplay Washington. Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro breaks down the offense as a whole here. Check it out!
“Of course, the Eagles also unleashed the Wentz-to-Jackson bombs-away attack and the two clicked. If there was any worry that it would take the two time to gain chemistry, well, those fears are no longer. On 10 targets, Jackson caught eight passes for 154 yards and a pair of scores.”
3. Vintage Carson Wentz was on display in season-opening win over Washington
Carson Wentz was marvelous completing 28 of 39 pass attempts (72 percent completion rate) for 313 yards with three touchdowns (a fourth removed because the throw to Alshon Jeffery was behind the line of scrimmage, so it went as a run) and no interceptions for a 121.0 QB rating without turning the ball over. It was Wentz's first time playing in a season opener in two years. It was Wentz's first game since last December, after missing the run to the playoffs and two postseason contests with a back injury. It was Wentz's first game since signing the long-term contract extension that cemented his status as the franchise quarterback for years to come.
"First of all, it felt great," Wentz said. "It felt great to finally get out there. It was a long offseason with a lot of things going on, so to finally be out here in front of our fans, running out of the tunnel, it felt awesome. Obviously, it was a little bit slower start than we would have likes as a team, but it was good to see our resilience and how we stayed together, do what we do, and finish the ball game on that 19-play drive. It was a good day for us."
There were plenty of moments that evoked memories of the playmaker who took the league by storm and was on the verge of earning league MVP honors before suffering a season-ending knee injury in December 2017.
4. Defense turns it on in convincing second half
After allowing 20 points in the first half, the Eagles' defense needed to regroup during halftime if the team was going to have a chance to win. Whatever happened in that locker room worked, because the Eagles only allowed seven points for the rest of the game. Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro gives a full recap as to how the defense was able to win this game in the second half. Check it out here!
“It wasn’t to our standard, so we have a lot to clean up,” defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. “The win is great and that’s what matters, but we can be a lot better. We know that. We need to play with more intensity from the start of games and then go from there. I think that nobody panicked. Nobody got out of character and everybody knows what this defense is capable of doing and we just went out and proved it. No matter what happened, we know that things happen in football games and (we had to) come out in the second half and settle down and play our style of ball.”
5. Game Recap: DeSean Jackson's two touchdowns lift Eagles over Washington
In the first game of the season, the Eagles complete the ultimate comeback against the Redskins. DeSean Jackson led the team in receiving yards and provided two touchdowns, including the first one that started the team’s turnaround. Chris McPherson offers a comprehensive recap of the game here.
“It was Jackson's first game as an Eagle since the end of the 2013 season. Jackson spent three years in Washington, then two in Tampa Bay, before returning in a trade this offseason. Jackson finished with eight catches for 154 yards and the two touchdowns. Jackson now has 31 career touchdowns of 50-plus yards, which ranks second in NFL history behind only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.” – Chris McPherson
Take a look at the best photos from the Eagles' Week 1 matchup against Washington.