Washington Football Team comes from 17-0 down to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17 to earn head coach Ron Rivera his first win with the team.
The story of the game? The defensive line ate the Eagles’ offensive line’s lunch. And if Washington is going to make any noise this season the defensive line, which features first-round draft picks from each of the last four seasons, is going to lead the way.
Philadelphia entered the game without RT Lane Johnson and lost his replacement midway through and as a result, Washington had multiple players in the backfield on almost every play. And quarterback Carson Wentz, who got off to a decent start and had the visitors up 17-0 early, struggled to get comfortable in the pocket.
Wentz completed just 24 of his 42 passes for 270 yards and threw two interceptions and two touchdowns. But in the second half: Washington pitched a shutout.
The reason: The eight sacks by Washington!
Ryan Kerrigan got the first sack on the Eagles’ second possession.
And after Matt Ioannidis added a sack on the very next play, rookie Chase Young got his first career NFL sack and forced a fumble, recovered by Philadelphia.
Second-year defensive end Montez Sweat got Washington’s fourth sack of the 1st quarter.
After Washington cut the lead to 17-14, Jon Allen and Ioannidis combined to get a huge sack on 3rd down. The sack led to a missed 53-yard field goal.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson made a smart call to go for a 4th-and-4 in Washington territory, but his offense didn’t account for Jon Bostic running free and a turnover on downs for sack No. 6 on the day.
With the scored tied, Kerrigan got his second sack of the day and his 92nd of his career, which makes him the franchises’ all-time leader in sacks.
The final sack came with Washington up 10 and it was Daron Payne and Young splitting the spoils. Kerrigan recovered the fumble and that was that.