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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor
The Eagles entered the half losing a game that should be the biggest of their season.
Instead of prepared, they looked like they had never seen this team before. The defense made zero stops in the first half and managed to get their one interception called back on a useless penalty.
The offense was more of the same with Jalen Hurts making just enough plays to pad his stat sheet with underthrows and missed receivers that ended all bot one drive in the first half.
At least the defense stepped up in the second half to shut down Washington’s offense and let the struggling Eagles offense garner just enough yardage to squeak out a win.
Unsurprisingly, Jordan Howard was ineffective, almost like having two injured running backs on the roster and not calling one up from the practice squad so you can use one of the injured guys is poor roster management. As such, it was Boston Scott who had to do any and everything between the downs that the team wasted on an injured Howard. His rushing numbers don’t seem great, but he was limited on two plays where he got short touchdown runs to keep this team in the game. He was also great in the passing game, despite multiple doomed play calls thrown his way. He had 39 yards through the air and 47 on the ground.
McLeod sealed the game, but it was Sweat who kept the Washington offense in check the most. He was the only defensive lineman who brought pressure AND brought down the QB rather than letting him free to scramble for positive yardage. He registered not only one and a half sacks, but numerous pressures, five tackles and deflected two passes.