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Week 13 Game Recap: Washington Redskins 13, Philadelphia Eagles 28
What you need to know
Injuries have torn this team apart and have made it tough to remain competitive. The defense has been relatively healthy due to constant exposure they haven't held up well. Washington can't play complimentary football right now as the offense is constantly going ‘three and out’ which wears on the defense in the second half of games. This was once a quality team running the football and helped mask their deficiencies. Now they will need to find a way to put points on the scoreboard with second and third string players at numerous positions. Washington being down to their third string quarterback could spell the end as a NFC competitor.
The Eagles took care of business at home against an injury-ravaged Washington team losing Colt McCoy
during the game and relying on Mark Sanchez
. Carson Wentz
was comfortable and efficient outside of a handful of glaring misfires and Josh Adams
has steadied a running back position in flux since Jay Ajayi
’s earlier-season injury. Darren Sproles
and Corey Clement
played strong complimentary roles and Zach Ertz
and Golden Tate
were active within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage making for easy throws from Carson Wentz
. The schedule gets much more difficult with Washington, Dallas, and the Rams up next.
|QB Mark Sanchez, 32 offensive snaps, Pass: 13 - 21 - 100 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0|
came in as relief for Colt once he left the game with an injury. He didn't have much impact on this game in an unexpected debut. Mark hasn't been with Washington more than a month which meant they had to simplify the game plan. Therefore, he threw a ton of checkdowns and averaged less than five yards per pass attempt. He did manage to throw an awful interception while trying to make play escaping pressure. The offense was held scoreless in the second half with Mark at the helm.
|QB Colt McCoy, 13 offensive snaps, Pass: 4 - 4 - 50 - 0 TD / 0 INT|
went 4-4 in the first half before going down with a fibula injury. The offense hadn't put any points on the scoreboard prior to his departure. Colt looked relatively sharp in his short stint moving the offense down field. However the production was negated by penalties.
had a ninety yard touchdown in the second quarter. However, he ended the game with ninety-eight yards. The Washington offensive line was further decimated by injuries as they are now down to third string guards. In addition to the offensive line injuries the offense went completely off the rails with Mark Sanchez
|RB Chris Thompson, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 3 - 0, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (5 targets)|
made his way back into the lineup from injury. He only tallied three receptions against the Eagles to go along with three carries. None of his touches resulted in much impact as the offense had a meltdown due to injuries.
|WR Jamison Crowder, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -5 - 0, Rec: 4 - 36 - 0 (4 targets)|
made it back from injury to face the Eagles. He caught all four of his targets for thirty-six yards. He didn't make much impact with his receptions but showed that he is healthy and ready to contribute. As the slot guy in the Washington offense he could be really busy down the stretch as the offense is simplified.
|WR Josh Doctson, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 51 - 0 (5 targets)|
led all Washington receivers in yardage and targets. He only had three receptions but he made the most of them by providing chunk plays. He was able to gain separation in the Eagles below average secondary but Washington could not take advantage. Josh has been involved in the passing game much more of late.
had one catch for nine yards. He received an endzone target as well but a near sack threw the pass off target going directly into the air. Michael isn't a weekly contributor so his production usually fluctuates.
received one target but recorded zero receptions. He seemed to be integrated into the offense but he has regressed the last couple of weeks.
|TE Jordan Reed, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 21 - 0 (5 targets)|
had four catches for twenty-one yards. He has been much more productive as of late but once Colt left the game injured his production suffered. The entire offense had issues once Colt went down and had difficulty getting on track.
|TE Vernon Davis, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (2 targets)|
had fifteen yards on two receptions. Vernon being that backup tight end lends itself to quiet games much like this one. The offense shutdown in the second half so he didn't even have opportunities for splash plays.
|QB Carson Wentz, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 27 - 39 - 306 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - -4 - 0|
Wentz had a clean game going against Washington until a horrible goal line interception, keeping the game close for a few more possessions. Wentz was processing quickly, especially against the blitz, and the quick game to Zach Ertz
and Golden Tate
aided Wentz avoiding pressure and optimizing his throws. Outside of the interception, Wentz was sharp in the red zone, extending a third down to find Golden Tate
for a score and a spot throw for a touchdown slant to Jordan Matthews
right on the numbers. The notable misses include a wide open Nelson Agholor
on a crossing route and a potential big play to Zach Ertz
against a linebacker down the sideline. Dallas offers a much stiffer test in a divisional showdown next week.
|RB Josh Adams, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 85 - 0|
Adams continued to show well as the lead back for the Eagles. Adams was patient on a number of inside runs, waiting for the offensive line to declare a running lane before exploiting the opening with a cut to the outside. Adams had two chunk gains with that game plan and found a cutback land on another notable run. Adams was stuffed on his two touchdown chances, including one goal line carry on fourth down when the game was still in doubt. Adams has been minimally involved in the passing game and this week was no exception without a target as Corey Clement
and now Darren Sproles
are active as receivers. Dallas offers a stiff test for Adams next week.
|RB Corey Clement, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 27 - 0, Rec: 3 - 47 - 0 (3 targets)|
Clement had one of his best games of the season, surpassing 70 total yards for the fourth time. Clement was active in the pass game and the red zone, converting a third-and-short carry in the red zone and breaking off chunk gains on all three of his screen receptions. Clement’s chemistry with offensive line blocking in the screen game, blending his patience and vision of the blocks with their timing was outstanding against Washington.
Sproles made this season debut against Washington, playing select snaps, including in the red zone. Sproles broke his notable carry for a red zone touchdown, bursting through a well-blocked hole and breaking tackle for the score. Sproles has been a receiving maven in his career but did not see a target in his first game back as Corey Clement
was the primary pass-catcher of the backfield.
|WR Golden Tate, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 85 - 1 (7 targets)|
Tate had his best game since joining the Eagles, blending chain-moving receptions with downfield forays against Washington. Tate corralled a goal line touchdown as Carson Wentz
extended a third down with his mobility. Tate was at his after-the-catch best on a quick out reception, turning up field with a broken tackle for more than 30 yards. Tate broke his touchdown drought, dating back to Week 4, spanning more than 30 receptions. Tate has been a fixture of the Eagles passing game since his arrival, supplanting Alshon Jeffery
as the preferred wide receiver target to compliment Zach Ertz
After a recent downturn in offensive involvement Agholor popped up with eight targets against Washington, second most on the team. Agholor converted a deep crossing route for more than 35 yards into field goal range and nearly scored on a red zone slant, tackled at the one-yard-line. Agholor had potential for a bigger game but Carson Wentz
missed a wide open Agholor on a third-down crossing route with after-the-catch promise. Agholor is an ancillary target most weeks, but saw his highest volume of targets since Week 4.
Jeffery was a distant fourth on the team in targets against Washington, but did convert two third down targets among his opportunities. Jeffery’s touchdown drought continues, spanning five games and 18 receptions currently, as his lone touchdown opportunity was a goal line slant route which was thrown behind him by Carson Wentz
resulting in an interception. With Zach Ertz
and Golden Tate
dominating targets in recent weeks, Jeffery has morphed into an ancillary target for the Eagles.
|TE Zach Ertz, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 83 - 0 (10 targets)|
Ertz saw at least 10 targets for the eighth time this season and was a fixture for the Eagles within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Ertz’s lone catch down the field was a full-extension grab down the seam while Carson Wentz
misfired on a big-play opportunity for Ertz down the sideline against a linebacker. Ertz added a false start penalty on third down in the red zone beyond the box score. Dallas is up next, a matchup Ertz exploited for 14-145-2 back in Week 10, his best statistical game of the season.
After a promising three receptions last week, Goedert was shut out against Washington. Goedert saw three targets but slipped out of his break on one, was overthrown on a screen, and had a deep out tipped away leading to his disappointing box score. Goedert is buried on the Eagles’ passing game pecking order and has not registered a catch in three of his last four games.