Washington Football Team: The Good, Bad, WTF vs Philadelphia Eagles

NFC EAST CHAMPIONS! This is what the fans of the Washington Football Team are saying. That is something that they have not said since 2012. It is also the first time in five years that the team has even sniffed the postseason. Now, they have that chance. It all happened after they beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. What was good in that game for Washington? We look at that along with the bad and the wtf below.

The Good

Defense

This side of the ball carries this team. The defense of the Washington Football Team is the biggest reason they are in the position they are in. Chase Young, Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, Kamren Curl, Kendall Fuller, Ronald Darby, and the other cast members are dealing the cards to play with. They would have won that game with or without the tanking of the Eagles.

Run Game

While not great, the run game for the Washington Football Team was not bad either. Offensive Coordinator Scott Turner just does not stick to the run enough. Washington averaged around 4 yards per carry on Sunday Night. With a hobbled QB there needs to be a bigger emphasis on sticking with the run. Especially last night when the Eagles had no one upfront to stop it.

TurnoversDefense

Washington ended the night getting three turnovers. They needed to win this battle to have success in the game. This again, shows that Washington’s defense is a force to be reckoned with going forward. Pressure on QBs, which they get from their front, creates opportunities on the backside. That front can also get turnovers themselves with sack-fumble opportunities.

The Bad

TurnoversOffense

Yes, I included them in the good as well. However, the two turnovers the offense gave up were not good. While they did not cost Washington any points, they need to not happen. The defense was on its game from the beginning. There was no need to force passes or try to make a play on special teams. Take what the defense gives us, and live to play another down. I know it is cliche, but that is how this offense has lived all season. No need to change now!.

Steven Sims Jr.

Sims Jr almost cost Washington with another turnover on a punt. He has had his fair share of troubles this season receiving punts. He was able to recover this one on his own. Going forward either Washington is going to have to find someone else to return punts, make Sims fair catch everything, or just have him get out of the way.

The WTF

Philadelphia Eagles

Don’t get me wrong, I will take the win and the NFC East title. Nonetheless, it most certainly did look as though Doug Pederson was tanking. Especially late in the third and into the fourth quarter. With the Eagles down just three (17-14), Pederson elected to go for it on a fourth and goal from the four. The result – turnover on downs instead of a chip shot three points. 

The final kick in the tanking pants was when he put in reserve QB Nick Sudfeld to finish the game. At the time, the Eagles were only down three points. Sudfeld turned it over on his first possession and Washington scored three more points.

While I am not one who plays into conspiracies or things like that, it sure did seem like that was shifting the competitive balance of the game into the hands of the Washington Football Team. Again, not that I am mad. However, I do know some who are (cough, cough) New York Giants.

The Washington Football Team will be the fourth seed in the NFC Playoffs that begin on Saturday. They will face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will be a tough game. Is it a game that is impossible, I do not think so. We will tackle that later in the week.

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