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Week 1 Game Recap: Washington Redskins 27, Philadelphia Eagles 32


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Washington Redskins

Everything Washington wants to do offensively is rooted within the ground game. The play-action passing, and deep shots won't be as effective if they can't establish the run. Today was a glaring example that without their all-pro left tackle it will be tough sledding. As for the defense, they will need to generate a better pass rush and get off the field on third downs. The long drives they allowed in the second half kept their offense on ice for far too long. Ultimately, there is a lack of skill in key areas on both sides of the ball that will show week to week.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles staked Washington to a huge early lead with defensive breakdowns, but Philadelphia’s offense surged back for the second half comeback and divisional win in Week 1. The Eagles rolled out a three-headed running back committee with elder veteran Darren Sproles a heavy contributor especially early in the game. DeSean Jackson unlocked the deep game for Carson Wentz, surging to nearly half of the Eagles’ receiving yards for the game plus two touchdowns. The combination of a healthy Carson Wentz and strong weapons made the Eagles a difficult offense to stop in Week 1.

Washington Redskins

QB Case Keenum, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 30 - 44 - 380 - 3 TD / 0 INT
Case Keenum had a perfect start to this game, literally. He demonstrated great command of the offense and established a rhythm to offset the Eagles pressure. The opening drive touchdown pass may have been the result of poor tackling as Case threw a quick out to Vernon Davis. The bad tackling turned into a forty-eight yard touchdown. The most impressive part of Case's first half performance is that they weren't running the ball well. The short passing game opened up a few deep shots as Case connected with Terry McLaurin on a deep post to record his 2nd touchdown of the first half. Case rung up 20 twenty points for the Washington offense in the first half and looked great. The second half was a different story. The Washington offense had only managed ten plays and thirty yards as it got late into the 2nd half. A few three and outs to go along with long drives by the Eagles left Washington on the sidelines a ton. Case managed one late garbage time touchdown but the game had already been decided. Case couldn't capitalize on the minimal opportunities in the second half as the Eagles were rallying. Case did overthrow a potential touchdown in the third quarter that could have been a huge momentum booster if he connects. Nonetheless, the offense was shut down in the second half and Case's solid game was cut short.

RB Derrius Guice, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 18 - 0, Rec: 3 - 20 - 0 (3 targets)
Derrius Guice was unable to get on track today as the run game was kept in check. He had ten rushes but only averaged 1.8 yards per carry. Washington's offensive line loss the battle in the trenches and Washington's offense was finding more success through the air. This game was close for over half the game but with so few opportunities in the second half, the offense didn't do much of anything. Derrius was involved in the passing game as well with three receptions. It's clear that he will be a big part of the offense, but they'll need better o-line play for Derrius to make his presence felt. It should also be noted that he didn't quite look like he fully has his burst back so that is something to keep an eye on.

RB Chris Thompson, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 10 - 0, Rec: 7 - 68 - 0 (10 targets)
Chris Thompson was busy in this game as he tallied seven receptions. His seven receptions lead the team as well. As it became clear Washington wasn't going to be able to establish the run, Chris' role grew in this game. He added three carries, but they only totaled ten yards. None of Chris' work in this game was game changing or made much impact as a few catches came in garbage time. Chris will have better days as it is clear he will be the definitive backup to Derrius. His passing game role will continue to be a vital piece to the Washington offense.

WR Terry McLaurin, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 125 - 1 (7 targets)
Terry McLaurin had his way with the Eagles secondary today. His speed was alarming as a lid-lifter in Gruden's offense. Terry was able to get behind the defense for a sixty-eight yard bomb in the first half as he burned the Eagles on a deep post route. Case overthrew him on a potential 2nd touchdown in the third quarter. He had five total receptions which indicates he may be a player the count on moving forward. His speed and explosive ability downfield will be utilized to offset the intermediate passing game. The coaching staff did a good job scheming up deep shots to him. Today proved he can be dangerous as a deep threat for Washington's offense.

WR Trey Quinn, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 33 - 1 (6 targets)
Terry Quinn did not make much of an impact in today's game. Trey was most involved during garbage time as he caught two of his four receptions and scored a last-minute touchdown. The slot receiver is a key cog in the Washington offense but today was quiet for Trey. There might be some inconsistency amongst the receiving core as roles are being defined early in the year.

WR Paul Richardson, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 36 - 0 (7 targets)
Paul Richardson was mostly ineffective against the Eagles. He had four catches on seven targets but gained only thirty-six yards. He helped convert a couple of first down in the first half, but his ability downfield was not utilized. Paul is a big play threat, but the coaching staff didn't seem to dial up his number today. It will be interesting going forward because he is the most experienced receiver among the starters.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 15 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (2 targets)
Kelvin Harmon is a big body receiver that Washington can use but they didn't call upon his services today. Kelvin is a backup as well so his impact will likely be inconsistent week to week.

TE Vernon Davis, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 59 - 1 (7 targets)
Vernon Davis showed that he can still be a playmaker for Washington. He cashed in on Washington's first touchdown of the day scampering for almost fifty yards. He still has speed in the open field as he broke a few tackles before outrunning the Eagles secondary. With Jordan Reed being out, he caught four receptions on seven targets. He didn't do much beyond the long touchdown but Vernon is still a solidified playmaker.


Philadelphia Eagles

QB Carson Wentz, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 39 - 313 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 5 - 0
Wentz played a clean game against Washington without a glaring poor decision or wildly inaccurate miss downfield. Wentz found DeSean Jackson on two long touchdowns, an element does not present for the 2018 Eagles offense. Wentz extended a third-and-goal play, rolling out to hit Alshon Jeffery for a score as well as another play extension on third down to Zach Ertz later in the game. Wentz was efficient with his rushing attempts beyond the box score with a third down and fourth conversion respectively. With the Eagles’ collection of weapons, Wentz showed the potential of this offense after a relatively slow start for more than a quarter against Washington.

RB Miles Sanders, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 25 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (2 targets)
Sanders’ debut resulted in leading the Eagles running backs in snaps but failed to provide much impact against Washington. Sanders was regularly stuffed near the line of scrimmage and was stuffed twice on point blank goal line attempts. Sanders also fumbled in the game and dropped a screen pass, one of only two targets for the rookie. Sanders’ highlight play, multiple cuts on his way to a touchdown, was called back by penalty, halting a potentially solid stat line. The most positive aspect of Sanders’ game was leading the running back committee in snaps and his 12 touches being clearly ahead of Jordan Howard. The Eagles head to Atlanta in Week 2, a defense who struggled to contain Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison in Week 1.

RB Darren Sproles, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 47 - 0, Rec: 3 - 16 - 0 (3 targets)
Sproles saw plenty of early snaps and touches against Washington as the Eagles formed a three-back rotation in Week 1. Sproles ceded snaps to both Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders (more Sanders than Howard) as the game progressed. Sproles exhibited his jitterbug qualities and phone booth quickness on several occasions, including a highlight spin move for a two-point conversion. Sproles’ snap rate was a distant second to Sanders, but Sproles was clearly the most productive back for the Eagles to open the season.

RB Jordan Howard, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 44 - 0, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0 (3 targets)
Howard was on the short end of the Eagles’ three-headed running back committee against Washington. Howard was the battering ram to the all-around game of Miles Sanders and jitterbug style of Darren Sproles. Howard did not see a touch until the second quarter and pushed the pile and through contact well on many of his carries. Howard’s biggest run of the game came as he bounced outside for more than 15 yards. Howard looks to need missed time from Miles Sanders for any predictable workload in future weeks.

WR DeSean Jackson, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 154 - 2 (10 targets)
Jackson’s return to Philadelphia was a rousing success, producing nearly three times the receiving yardage of any other Eagles player, including two long touchdowns against Washington. Jackson’s speed, plus some help from defensive breakdowns on the backend of Washington’s secondary, contributed to Jackson’s big-play impact and ultimately Philadelphia’s comeback win. Jackson huge game could have been even bigger if not for a dropped pass, being stuffed on a screen reception, and he was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty along the way. Jackson’s chemistry with Carson Wentz downfield is a positive sign for this all-star roster on the Eagles offense going forward.

WR Alshon Jeffery, 60 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 2 - 1, Rec: 5 - 49 - 1 (6 targets)
Jeffery saw the most snaps of Eagles receivers against Washington but was largely overshadowed by DeSean Jackson’s two long touchdowns. However, Jeffery operated well on short-to-intermediate targets, including converting a third-and-goal touchdown off an inside screen design and extending a fourth quarter drive with a critical third-down reception. With so many weapons on the Eagles offense, Jeffery’s weekly role is questionable in terms of targets as was the case in Week 1 behind DeSean Jackson and Zach Ertz.

TE Zach Ertz, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 54 - 0 (7 targets)
Ertz’s 2019 debut was a tempered performance coming off his record-breaking season in 2018. Ertz did not produce much in the first half but finished second on the team in targets (seven) including two critical third-down receptions in the fourth quarter. Ertz dropped a low slant target and nearly scored on an after-the-catch opportunity down to the goal line as missed opportunities. On a positive sign, Ertz was second on the team in targets and clearly ahead of promising second-year tight end Dallas Goedert in snaps.

TE Dallas Goedert, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (3 targets)
Goedert saw a mere three targets against Washington, buried among the strong skill position players for the Eagles in the passing game. Goedert absorbed a big hit on a deep sideline target which he could not corral and showed a quality stiff arm for yards-after-the-catch on his notable reception. Goedert is a tough projection for his weekly involvement without a Zach Ertz injury.