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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor
The Eagles entered the half tied at 10 following a disastrous first quarter that threatened to end the Birds’ season right there.
Just as the Eagles offense had put together a string of scoring drives and the defense had all the momentum, a phantom PI call on Avonte Maddox gifted Washington a spot in this game to pull within one score.
That didn’t seem to bother the Eagles too much, however. The defense locked Washington down and Hurts lead a scoring drive followed by a drive to run out the clock.
Both Hurts and the defense were far more impressive after the half. Whether that was rust or something else, it’s good that it got fixed quick.
There were many big plays by Hurts, Goedert, smith, Lane Johnson and Ward, but the only player who was consistently getting positive yardage all game and didn’t do something that made me cringe was Miles Sanders. It was actually a surprise how much he played given that Jordan Howard and Boston Scott were both healthy and could be rotated in more. He is still seeking his first touchdown because anytime they get close it seems all running plays go to Hurts, but he gained 131 yards on the ground and added 15 yards in the passing game to keep the chains moving all night.
Cox had four hits on the quarterback in this one with one and a half sacks. He had a sack just before the half to prevent Washington from getting into field goal range. He had three tackles, but the pressure he brought was impressive all night. If he can keep up this level of play, the Eagles are in much better shape for any kind of run at the playoffs.