The Eagles were on prime time once again to wrap up their season series with the NFC East Rival Washington Commanders. Having already beat the Commanders in DC, the Commanders were looking to avenge their poor performance in week three.
The Eagles defense, with a turnover just a few minutes into the game, setup the offense with an 18-yard field for what seemed like it could become a blowout early. That same defense, however, could do absolutely nothing to stop the Commanders on the following drive.
The offense, for it’s part, did not let up – that is until AJ Brown had a 46-yard reception in his hands and just let go of it into the defender’s hands for an interception. It was a play that was only as bad as his falling down for no reason on the next offensive drive to force a punt.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Gannon was on the sideline still trying to figure out how to get that square block into the circle hole. He dropped elite coverage pass-rusher Robert Quinn into coverage, had his DBs play over 5-yards off receivers at all times, and didn’t bring any pressure or stop the pass rush. Apparently after 10 days of scheming, his plan was to show the world just how incredibly stupid he is.
The Eagles offense had the ball for just 6 minutes and 11 seconds in the first half between AJ Brown doing all he could to sabotage the offense and the aforementioned moron calling the defense.
After the half, AJ Brown decided to kill the offense once again with a drop on third down and the defense managed a “stop” by having the Commanders inexplicably try to throw at the three-yard line, where there wasn’t enough room for the Eagles defensive backs to play over five yards off each receiver.
Jalen Hurts stopped giving Brown the time of day and the offense started humming again. On the defensive side, the Commanders taking an ill-advised deep shot that allowed Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to make a read and a pick gave the Birds a much-needed stop.
Then the referees missed a facemask that injured lead to a fumble and recovery by Washington and gifted the Commanders three points. The Eagles followed that up with a 51-yard reception where Quez Watkins immediately fumbled the ball away after the catch.
If you tuned in to see the epitome of ineptitude, you got to see exactly that as the Eagles, with some assistance for the referees, did everything they could to screw up even further every drive.
Offensive MVP: DeVonta Smith
This comes down to who didn’t screw up. Hurts rushing into a four-man front for a sack on the final drive removed him from consideration and that really just leaves DeVonta Smith and the running backs who the offense forgot existed. Smith had six catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in this one, doing everything he could to try and get this team going.
Defensive MVP: Marlon Tuipulotu
Tuipulotu was all over the field to start the game, even coming away with the fumble recovery on the first drive of the game. He entered the half with five tackles and was the only player who seemed to do anything for the entire first half. Once the Commanders shifted their focus to him, the defense went silent for most of the game and failed to even put up a roadblock on any play let alone make a decent tackle.