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Week 15 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 37, Washington Redskins 27

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Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles needed comeback mode to notch a needed divisional win over Washington to set up next week’s showdown with the Cowboys. Carson Wentz optimized his weapons with Greg Ward being the featured receiver on their game-winning touchdown drive, catching three passes including a contested touchdown. Miles Sanders had a career-best game, totaling 172 yards and two touchdowns as a strong receiving threat and workhorse runner. Wentz’s ball security was a question mark with two in-pocket fumbles, one a critical fourth quarter turnover in their own territory but rebounded with a series of big-time throws.

Washington Redskins

Washington had some positive play from their quarterback today and it impacted the entire offense. Quarterback progression will be the biggest key as the season winds down. They will need to see more consistent plays from Dwayne Haskins in order to move into the offseason feeling like they can build around him. Today’s game showed the offense has potential as they scored close to thirty points.

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Carson Wentz, 77 offensive snaps, Pass: 30 - 43 - 266 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0
Wentz lead the Eagles to a comeback win over Washington with a series of high-level throws in the second half, including a long game-winning touchdown drive. Wentz found Greg Ward, the de facto lead receiver, on three occasions on the final drive, including a floating contested score to the back pylon. Wentz extended numerous plays, both with positive and negative plays. Wentz surrendered two fumbles in the pocket with Washington recovering one in the fourth quarter. Wentz also extended plays to the tune of a season-highlight throw past two defenders for a Miles Sanders touchdown in the corner of the end zone and later with a deep one-handed grab by Dallas Goedert.

RB Miles Sanders, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 122 - 1, Rec: 6 - 50 - 1 (6 targets)
Sanders had a career (to-date) game against Washington as a two-way producer. Sanders had 172 total yards, excelling both as a rusher and receiver. Sanders’ patience and smooth acceleration were on display as he beat three defenders on a flat reception on additional yardage and late in the game exploded on a third-and-long draw play for more than 50 yards to flip the field at a key moment. Sanders also hauled in an impressive touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone, barely staying in bounds as Carson Wentz extended the play. Sanders added a touchdown on the ground after getting to the goal line on a red zone run, with a too-easy jaunt to the perimeter.

RB Boston Scott, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 26 - 0, Rec: 7 - 39 - 0 (7 targets)
Scott remained productive with the secondary role to Miles Sanders as Jordan Howard was inactive against Washington. Scott fumbled early in the game (the Eagles recovered), but consistently made positive plays otherwise. Scott converted two third-down plays in the game and was outstanding in the screen game with explosion on the opening yards of his touches.

WR Greg Ward, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 61 - 1 (9 targets)
Ward has emerged as the de facto lead receiver for the injury-riddled Eagles depth chart in recent weeks. Ward was quiet until the fourth quarter with only a third-down conversion of note until the final minutes of the game. Ward exploded as an impact player on the Eagles’ final drive especially as he adjusted on a slant throw behind him, churning down to the goal line on another reception, and finally hauling in a crossing route touchdown as Carson Wentz floated a contested pass to the corner pylon. Ward secured the pass and ultimately the win for the Eagles over Washington.

TE Dallas Goedert, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 55 - 0 (6 targets)
Goedert made two highlight plays against Washington, both for chunk yardage. Goedert hurdled a defender and churned through contact on a screen play and later added a highlight one-handed reception on a deep out as the Eagles were in comeback mode. Goedert’s lone missed opportunity was a contested sideline pass tipped away by the defender as Goedert optimized his other five targets in the game. With the Eagles’ injuries at wide receiver Goedert’s weekly involved has been far more consistent this season and especially down the stretch.

TE Zach Ertz, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 61 - 1 (10 targets)
Ertz zoomed to a fast start against Washington with three receptions in the first quarter alone, including breaking a tackle for a long gain as Carson Wentz beat the blitz. However, Ertz’s impact slowed outside of a wide-open pick-play goal line touchdown in the second half, which included a third-down drop. Ertz did lead the Eagles in targets and has four touchdowns over the past four games and an outside chance at 100 receptions on the season with two games to play.

Washington Redskins

QB Dwayne Haskins, 53 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 28 - 261 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 26 - 0
Dwayne Haskins may have had his best game of the season against the Eagles. He demonstrated improved command and decisiveness in the pocket. He still struggled with inaccuracies and recorded a lost fumble. However, he made more plays in the passing game than normal. Dwayne threw two touchdowns, and both were impressive considering how he has looked recently. His first touchdown involved more “run after catch” but he delivered a strike to Terry McLaurin for a seventy-five-yard score. He managed to find Terry for a short pass in coverage but the decisiveness on his read and throw refreshing considering his reluctance most times. The second touchdown thrown was a dime in the back of the endzone. It was a great read on Dwayne’s behalf as he identified the cornerback out of position and placed the ball directly over the back of his helmet. This was an encouraging outing for Dwayne although against a horrendous secondary. Hopefully he can carry some of the positive play from today into next week.

RB Adrian Peterson, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 66 - 1, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (3 targets)
Adrian Peterson was able to maintain a role in this game as the game script was in his favor. The game was close throughout and allowed Washington to keep him involved. Adrian had a total of nineteen touches as sixteen were on the ground. It is incredible how effective he continues to look for an older running back. Averaging four yards per carry and constantly shedding the first tackler helped keep Washington ahead of schedule on downs. He added one of three touchdowns scored in this game as he took a handoff and reversed field to find the endzone. Adrian’s famous jump cut is still alive and when the game script is positive, he continues to prove he can contribute.

RB Josh Ferguson, 3 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0
Josh Ferguson tallied three carries in this game as the third string running back. He was not a factor in Washington’s offense.

RB Chris Thompson, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 26 - 0 (3 targets)
Chris Thompson didn’t have a carry in this game but managed to record two catches. He wasn’t as involved this week as it seems the coaching staff wanted to establish the run. Chris’ opportunities are usually increased when Washington is facing a deficit. In this case, as the third down passing back his chances to contribute were limited.

WR Steven Sims, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 45 - 1 (11 targets)
Steven Sims led the team in targets with eleven but was only able to haul in five of them. His five catches only went for forty-five yards, but it also included a touchdown. Steven’s touchdown was a dime in the back of the endzone in traffic. He was missed on two particular throws that could have given him a much better stat line. Dwayne was unable to connect with Steven twice in the third quarter as Steven had advantage in coverage, but bad ball placement sent them incomplete. It was encouraging to see Steven more involved, but his ball skills and route running are still a work in progress.

WR Terry McLaurin, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 130 - 1 (5 targets)
Terry McLaurin caught all five of his targets for a total of one hundred and thirty yards. His biggest catch came on a seventy-five-yard touchdown in the first quarter. His speed is elite but the suddenness he showed after the catch was just as impressive. Aside of the long touchdown, he wasn’t as impactful although he did have a couple of catches resulting in first downs. The chemistry between him and the quarterback seems to be improving as this was the first time all year they connected on all targets. Today was a perfect example that if Washington can get Terry the ball then good things will happen.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (3 targets)
Kelvin Harmon caught two of his three targets versus the Eagles. He wasn’t a main contributor in this game. The quarterback play isn’t operating at a level that will make Kelvin a reliable piece to this offense.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (2 targets)
Jeremy Sprinkle recorded two catches in today’s game. He didn’t make much of an impact, but he did tally a reception for the first time in over a month.