The Eagles made enough mistakes in this game to lose it in a hundred different ways.
It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t easy, but they came back from every one of those mistakes to secure a 34-31 overtime win over the Commanders, extending their lead to 4-0.
In the last 29 games, the Eagles have won 24, and our quick takeaways are here:
There’s a lot to worry about, but there’s also room for hope. Let’s begin with the most impactful aspect of this victory. It’s been a quarter-century since an NFL team that lost the Super Bowl one year came back the next season and started 4-0.
Here’s a unique version of the sentence: “The Green Bay Packers of ’98, that’s who we’re talking about. It doesn’t happen often. Bouncing back from a Super Bowl loss and starting fresh is genuinely challenging. Nick Sirianni – the Eagles’ experienced leader – deserves a lot of credit, along with Fletcher, BG, Lane, and Kelce.
They’ve rallied this team from the disappointment of a Super Bowl loss, and they believe they could win, and they needed to win – and focus on that here and now. Doing that is genuinely tough. But for any team, facing a Super Bowl loss and coming back like this is a rare opportunity.
Losing a Super Bowl for any team and making a comeback like this is a rare feat, and this 4-0 start is a testament to Sirianni’s ability to deliver his message to his team and keep them motivated, confident, productive, and positive. This team wins. They just do. It’s remarkable.
With 1:37 remaining, Jalen Hurts’ pass to Brown on third down at the Washington 28-yard line was a thing of beauty, but why are you calling it a drama? It didn’t mean anything. Washington was tied 24-24 in the game. Gain four yards, set up a fresh set of downs, run down the clock, and Jake Elliott doesn’t miss from there. Game over.
You can’t think about giving confident, productive Sam Howell another chance? It doesn’t make sense. Then – after the AJ penalty. Brown takes it from Washington’s little area and drives 64 yards down the field, and when time expires, the game ties. It’s a game. Elliott misses. It’s a botched call. It cost the Eagles nearly a game.
The Commanders did some good things on Sunday, but the Eagles made so many foolish mistakes in this game that they are, in reality, to blame for almost ruining it. Aside from the play-calling debacle, JaCk Kinngham penalized Washington’s first drive on third and fourth down to extend it and turned a TD drive into a new set of downs.
Terrrell Edmunds single-handedly disrupted Washington’s second drive with a self-inflicted penalty in the red zone. Landon Dickerson wiped out the fourth and first conversion with an offside penalty in the second quarter because he was lined up over the line. James Bradberry is inches away from an end zone INT on a third-and-eighth.
Edmunds’ second personal foul, which came late in the fourth quarter after a game-tying touchdown drive. AJ’s penalty following a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The physical mistakes, they happen. You don’t like them, but they happen. But the mental mistakes, those are real killers.Hearts‘ Impressive Performance in 2023: Hearts played much better in Tampa on Monday night compared to the first few weeks of the season.
However, it was against Washington on Sunday that we truly saw Jalen Hearts, who had a remarkable performance in 2022, return in 2023. He was really good.
This year, for the first time, he didn’t make any turnovers, but he also made some great decisions, got the ball down the field, turned some big third downs into touchdowns, and showed once again why he led the team to the Super Bowl last year. Hearts’ final stats – 25 out of 37 for 319 yards and two impressive TD catches by A.J. Brown.
In the second half, he was 13 out of 21 for 203 yards and two TDs. When Hearts is not playing well, they are a good team, but when he’s at his best, it’s nearly impossible to beat them. These are the kind of games that really tell us a lot about a team. They started the game with a back-to-back 75-yard TD drive.
In the second quarter, they found themselves 10 points behind. At one point, they were trailing 192-86. When it seemed like the game was won, they allowed Washington to force overtime.
But through it all, they just kept fighting, battling, and grinding, and it wasn’t easy, but they came out with another win. It was very close, but this team is finding ways to win even when they are not at their best this year. However, they haven’t lost either. At one point, they are hosting a 60-minute game where they play with the lights out on both sides of the ball.
They will have to face some tough teams, but winning consistently even when they are not at their best is a big deal.
Nicholas Morrow’s Remarkable Journey: It’s crazy to think that just a few weeks ago, the Eagles released Nicholas Morrow. But he didn’t have many good training camp options, and when they severed ties with him, it wasn’t much of a shock. However, he accepted a spot on the practice squad – something that’s not easy for a six-year veteran – and when Naqobe Dean got injured, Morrow found himself in the starting lineup, and he’s been excellent in recent weeks.
On Sunday, he played out of his mind. He became the Eagles’ first off-ball linebacker with three sacks since Gary Cobb in 1986 and the first with three sacks, three tackles for loss, and three quarterback hits in a game since Cubby Hit statistics (2006). Dean may need to sit out another game, and the Eagles may try a Dean/Morrow combination and sit Zach Cunningham, but Cunningham has also played well.
“We’ll have to wait and see their decision, but at the moment, it’s impossible to substitute Morrow. This past Sunday, he showcased his prowess as the standout defensive player.”
The Admirable Play of Sydney Brown: You have to love Hearts’ 59-yard TD to Brown – their longest catch – but the game-winning aspect of that contest was the field goal by Olamide Zaccheaus, the underrated hero of the game.
Zaccheaus is so fast that he was able to get down the field ahead of the Washington defenders and clear a path for Brown within 10 yards of Washington’s final few defenders.
It’s such a big hustle play, and it doesn’t show up in the box score, but he played a significant role in that touchdown and victory. Devonta Smith also did a good job on the same TD play, clearing the field below for Brown. It’s nice to see these guys doing dirty work for each other.
Jake Elliott’s Clutch Kicking: I’ve seen Jake Elliott make some incredible clutch kicks. Perhaps the most clutch player I’ve seen so far. He is unbelievable. There were no chip shots in overtime. It was a 54-yard game-winning field goal, and Elliott is now 10-for-16 from beyond 50 yards in his career and 7-for-8 in his last eight attempts.
And when you have to make a big kick, I don’t think there’s anyone who even thinks he could miss it. It’s madness watching some of these kickers we have here. Elliott first showed how strong he was with a 61-yarder and then with his two massive kicks in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. And since then, he’s been incredible.
Elliott was 4-for-4 on Sunday, and this year, his score is 13-14 with a miss from 55 yards. He’s unbelievable.