Eagles firmly in playoff hunt after critical win
3. Goedert had the bizarre fall that became a touchdown and he wasn’t able to handle another Hurts pass, but Goedert caught the other seven balls that went his way and just tormented the Washington high school. by executing terrific routes, breaking tackles and making big plays. The Eagles saw early on what we all see with Goedert – it’s a nightmarish clash and his skills are on par with the NFL in his position.
4. The defense stabilized after the initial 10-point deficit as Washington’s offense played short and at one point limited the WFT to 36 offensive yards on five possessions. Washington has managed only one real scoring campaign, going 69 yards in seven games in the fourth quarter. Fletcher Cox had 1.5 sacks from the quarterback, seeing some time on the edge and dominating there with four hits from the quarterback.
âIt was important to get a win in the division. We knew that before this game we were 0-2 in the division, so we felt we deserved a little respect,â he said. âWe put all the distractions aside and after a slow start we got the win. It’s not the way you start sometimes, it’s the way you end and we finish. We responded afterwards. what I would say is a slow start. “
As for moving around the defensive line, Cox was satisfied.
âI wouldn’t say it was new. We’ve done it before,â Cox said. “Obviously it’s different for me. I take every opportunity that arises and we saw one. I had a little more room and took advantage of it. It was good for us.”
5. The defense faced a newly signed quarterback at Gilbert, with Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen sidelined on the Reserve / COVID-19 list. It was a unique situation for both teams, as they had spent the whole week preparing for Heinicke’s departure, only to learn that the game was postponed and that Heinicke’s status was on hold on Tuesday afternoon.
The Eagles knew they had to limit Gibson, who had just 26 rushing yards and 39 receiving yards, and they did. They knew they had to contain wide receiver Terry McLaurin and they did – McLaurin had a 46-yard reception but only one catch for 5 yards after that. Philadelphia attacked the line of scrimmage and picked up the momentum of the game after the first 10 runs allowed.
Overall, it was the kind of victory the Eagles wanted to have. They came out of their week off. They were delayed by the NFL’s decision to postpone the game until Tuesday night in prime time. They just went out and played football as a team and won a game they needed.
Next stop: New York. Sunday against the Giants is another playoff game for an Eagles team who are into the thick of it and love every minute of playoff pressure.
âGet out there and win,â Cox said. “It’s our state of mind.”