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Week 1 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 30, Washington Redskins 17
What you need to know
The Eagles passing offense came out firing in the week one opener. Carson Wentz
showed his maturity heading into the second season as had full command of this offense in this game. From a receiving standpoint, Nelson Agholor
and Zach Ertz
led the way in this game as Alshon Jeffery
was blanketed by Josh Norman
in a tough matchup. From a rushing perspective all signs had pointed to this being a split backfield between LeGarrette Blount
and Wendell Smallwood
, but in this game it was primarily Blount rushing the ball and Darren Sproles
as the secondary running back receiving the ball out of the backfield.
Kirk has to be a better decision maker under pressure because every pass attempt won't be a clear eye view. However, the offensive line must do a better job of setting the tone so that the offense can get off to a faster start. If they can't run the ball it will be tough for Kirk to be effective. The red zone is still a question mark for the offense but they must actually get there to be evaluated properly. Washington's defense can make plays but the offense often hangs them out to dry by forcing them to be on the field too long. This team goes as the offense goes and today's display was horrific and peppered with errors.
|QB Carson Wentz, 68 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 39 - 307 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 6 - 0|
looked in control of this offense this week as he enters his second season. Wentz threw an early interception that was returned for a touchdown on a ball that was tipped at the line of scrimmage, but recovered nicely for a very productive day. His best highlight of the day was Wentz scrambling in the pocket avoiding a sack and he kept his eyes downfield to find Nelson Agholor
for a 58 yard touchdown. Wentz used his mobility several times in this game to evade the blitz to hit Zach Ertz
on plays that he should have been sacked. The one area for improvement for Wentz is turnovers, he threw a backwards swing over his receivers head for a fumble.
|RB LeGarrette Blount, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 46 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 1 (1 targets)|
answered the question this week on whether he would receive a full workload of carries as he out carried Wendell Smallwood
14 to 4. Blount was only on the field for 23 total plays. This is going to be a situation to watch all year as while Blount had the carries his longest run was only 7 yards and he only averaged 3.3 yards per carry. Wentz did find Blount for a receiving touchdown on a one yard pass on the goal line which was a nice bonus as this was his only target that he had in this game.
|RB Darren Sproles, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 2 - 0, Rec: 5 - 43 - 0 (8 targets)|
Sproles continues to have a role on this team out of the backfield as he was tied for the team high in targets with eight in this game. Sproles led the running backs in snaps as he was on the field for 49% of the plays while Blount was at 34% and Smallwood as at 22%. Sproles is going to continue to have a role in this offense and with the departure of Jordan Matthews
it opens up targets for him to be more utilized than he was last season.
had the game of his career in this game which was highlighted by a 58 yard touchdown reception in which Agholor smartly kept his eyes on Carson Wentz
as Wentz was scrambling and adjusted his route to get wide open for the long touchdown. Outside of this long catch, Agholor was used primarily in the slot in this game as a possession receiver.
had a tough matchup this week going up against Josh Norman
and Bashaud Breeland. Jeffery was still targeted 7 times in this game and almost had a touchdown on a long pass which was broken up by Bashaud Breeland. Jeffery was on the field for 88% of the offensive plays, and will clearly have a big role in this game. The team attempted to force targets to him even when he was not open which is a good sign moving forward in easier matchups that he should continue to be the number one receiver in this offense.
|WR Torrey Smith, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 30 - 0 (3 targets)|
Smith was largely a non-factor in this game as he was only targeted three times in this game while completing only one of those receptions in which Torrey Smith
sat down in the soft spot in the zone for a 30 yard completion. Smith was on the field for 71% of the snaps in this game, so he will look to increase his production in the upcoming weeks.
|TE Zach Ertz, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 93 - 0 (8 targets)|
was able to take advantage of the tough matchup that Jeffery had in this game as Wentz targeted Ertz eight times and Ertz took advantage of this catching the ball all eight times. He remains the most consistent option in this offense as he was tied with the most snaps and most targets in this game. Ertz continues to try to get open and adjusts his route to Wentz to get open as Wentz was able to scramble out of pressure to hit Ertz several times in this game.
|QB Kirk Cousins, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 40 - 240 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 30 - 0|
had a difficult time finding his rhythm today due to constant pressure. He got off to a slow start as he misfired on several occasions trying to connect with his receivers downfield. He had a couple of near interceptions in the first half as well resulting from bad reads. Kirk only accounted for one offensive touchdown on the day as he connected with Chris Thompson
in the 2nd quarter. Cousins accounted for three turnovers as he had two fumbles and an interception. One of his fumbles went for a defensive touchdown. He was harassed all afternoon and could not sustain enough drives to get the offense out of its funk. Kirk had forty pass attempts but barely completed over half of them. Without solid protection, he does not feel comfortable making plays downfield. The Eagles often made him skittish in the pocket and indecisive with his reads. The receivers had a few drops that didn't help his case, but Kirk's inability to make plays under duress was on full display against Philly. Kirk had an opportunity to seize control of the game with a seven-play drive in the third quarter. As it looked like they may have established some continuity, he throws an errant pass over the head of Jamison Crowder
. The pass was intercepted in the end zone and that was an illustration of how most of the day went for Washington's Kirk Cousins
|RB Rob Kelley, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 30 - 0 (1 targets)|
Robert Kelley's day running the football was abysmal. He is more of a volume based runner and the offense not being capable of staying on the field hindered his effectiveness. Rob only had ten carries total and averaged three yard per tote. He doesn't have much homerun ability or elusiveness so the tough runs weren't plentiful enough for him to take advantage. He isn't much of a factor in the passing game so with a lackluster run game he was basically nonexistent versus the Eagles.
|RB Chris Thompson, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 4 - 0, Rec: 4 - 52 - 1 (5 targets)|
didn't have much of a presence in the run game, but he was a major factor in the passing game. He totaled four receptions and scored the only passing touchdown of the game. Chris' elusiveness helped turn a dump off pass into a twenty-nine-yard touchdown. Chris has great ability to make defenders miss after the catch and Kirk was comfortable finding him under pressure.
was not involved in today's game. He is buried on the depth chart behind two veterans.
had a modest day statistically, but he was targeted heavily. It was clear by his eleven targets that Kirk is trying to establish a connection with the new number one receiver in Washington. Pryor's day could have been much bigger if Kirk could have located him on a couple of deep balls. Pryor's six receptions led the team but he was unable to turn any of them into points. Kirk routinely found him over the middle of the field as he used his big frame to give Kirk a comfortable target. If Kirk can connect on a few deep balls with Pryor this offense will take off. Pryor is still sharpening his skills and timing as a receiver which showed on a couple of drops where he looked raw. He should be a big difference maker in this passing offense.
|WR Ryan Grant, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 61 - 0 (6 targets)|
had a productive game considering he wasn't viewed as a starter. He had four receptions and his longest went for thirty-four yards. Ryan's speed can be an asset to the Washington offense but he is merely a fill in until they can get their young promising receiver Josh Doctson
up to speed. The quick passing game Washington uses is perfect for Ryan as he can use his outstanding acceleration after the catch. Overall, none of his catches made much impact as the entire offense struggled on the day.
was hampered by a hip injury and that might explain his three-reception day. He also had a fumble which compounded his quiet game. He was in and out of the lineup throughout the game which showed his isn't fully healthy. Kirk threw an awful interception off his back foot looking for Jamison in the end zone. The ball sailed over his head and he had no chance at making a play on the ball. Jamison's entire game is built on quickness and change of direction in the slot. It will be interesting to see how effective he can be moving forward.
|WR Brian Quick, 6 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (1 targets)|
recorded one catch for eleven yards. He isn't a factor in this offense as of yet.
did not record a catch as he continues to work his way back to full strength.
|TE Jordan Reed, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 36 - 0 (8 targets)|
had a quiet day as he only totaled thirty-six yards on five catches. Jordan is trying to play through a fractured toe and his ability is somewhat hampered. The Eagles forced Kirk to get rid of the ball earlier than he really wanted to which led to off timing. Jordan mainly worked near the line of scrimmage and became more of an outlet rather than a down the seam threat that makes him so dangerous. As he gets healthier he should become the playmaker that Washington needs.