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NFL Week 15 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 27, Washington Football Team 17

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) runs with the ball against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles got off to a slow start and trailed 10-0 entering the second quarter, but Jalen Hurts and company rallied to outscore the Washington Football Team 27-7 in the final three quarters of play to secure the 27-17 victory.

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Philadelphia Eagles

Quarterback

Hurts was impressive in the Eagles’ comeback win, as he completed 20-of-26 passes for 296 yards for one touchdown and a fluky interception off of Dallas Goedert’s heel. The fumble will drag his grade down a bit, but he should finish PFF’s review process with a 75.0-plus grade.

Running Back

Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard were outstanding behind a dominant Eagles offensive line on Tuesday night. Sanders averaged more than seven yards per carry and totaled over 70 of his 130 yards before contact. Three of his runs went for more than 10 yards, including a 38-yard scamper. Howard didn’t have the explosive runs that Sanders did but still took advantage of his touches to the tune of 4.1 yards per carry.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Dallas Goedert had some ugly drops, including the one off his heel that resulted in an interception, but he made up it elsewhere. He finished the game with seven receptions on nine targets for 135 yards and six first downs. He also caught all three of his contested targets, as he was wide open on his two drops.

Name Position Routes Targets Receptions Yards YAC TDs First Downs
Jordan Howard HB 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Ward WR 8 3 2 28 11 1 1
Miles Sanders HB 12 2 2 15 19 0 1
Jack Stoll TE 6 1 1 7 3 0 0
Tyree Jackson TE 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dallas Goedert TE 29 9 7 135 40 0 6
DeVonta Smith WR 31 5 3 40 1 0 1
Quez Watkins WR 13 2 2 14 0 0 1
Jalen Reagor WR 18 3 3 57 46 0 2
Kenneth Gainwell HB 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
Offensive Line

Guard Iosua Opeta had a bit of a rough day and will likely finish PFF’s review process with a sub-60.0 PFF grade, but the rest of the Philadelphia offensive line all played well. The run blocking was extremely impressive, especially in the second half. And Opeta was the only offensive lineman with more than two pressures allowed on the night.

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Defensive Line

Rookie Milton Williams should finish PFF’s review process with one of the highest grades of any Eagles defender. He was a constant force in the run game on limited snaps. Veteran Fletcher Cox was also an impact performer and finished the game with a team-high five total pressures.

Linebackers

TJ Edwards and Alex Singleton both turned in strong performances against Washington. Edwards led the unit in defensive snaps played (52) and earned a PFF grade above 85.0 on first review of the broadcast film. Edwards and Singleton combined for four receptions allowed on six targets for 36 yards and one first down in coverage.

Secondary

On PFF’s first review of the broadcast film, veteran cornerback Darius Slay allowed five receptions for 96 yards and four first downs from seven targets. No other Eagles defensive back allowed more than 20 yards in coverage.

Washington Football Team

Quarterback

Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen didn’t clear COVID-19 protocols before the game, forcing Garrett Gilbert into Washington's starting lineup. A sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Gilbert completed 20-of-31 passes for 194 yards but simply couldn’t get anything going downfield. His average depth of target was just 6.8 yards, and he completed just one pass more than 20 yards downfield in the game.

Running Back

Antonio Gibson was banged up with a toe injury that forced him in and out of the lineup throughout the game. He totaled just 26 yards, one touchdown and two first downs from 15 carries. More than 90% of his yards came after contact. Gibson also caught 6-of-7 targets for 39 yards.

Rookie Jaret Patterson also found the end zone for his first career touchdown and recorded 20 total yards from his four carries.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Ricky Seals-Jones and Adam Humphries led the team in targets with six apiece, but neither player totaled more than 30 yards receiving. Terry McLaurin led the team with 51 total yards and two first downs from just two receptions. Gilbert severely limited the team’s receiving production and rarely tested the Eagles’ secondary more than 15 yards downfield.

Name Position Routes Targets Receptions Yards YAC TDs First Downs
DeAndre Carter WR 11 3 2 12 10 0 1
Adam Humphries WR 22 6 3 23 3 0 2
Jonathan Williams HB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Armah FB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ricky Seals-Jones TE 23 6 4 29 15 0 0
John Bates TE 15 1 1 29 15 0 1
Cam Sims WR 18 1 1 13 0 0 1
Terry McLaurin WR 29 4 2 51 4 0 2
Jaret Patterson HB 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dyami Brown WR 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Antonio Gibson HB 23 7 6 39 52 0 1
Dax Milne WR 3 1 1 -2 0 0 0
Offensive Line

Washington's offensive line was far from perfect but not a big enough driver to derail the offense completely. Saahdiq Charles and Keith Ismael led the team in pressures allowed with three and four, respectively, while no other Football Team offensive lineman allowed more than two total pressures. Most impressively, veteran guard Ereck Flowers allowed zero total pressures on PFF’s first review of the broadcast film.

Defensive Line

The Football Team’s COVID-ridden front four got bullied all game long. Jonathan Allen will likely finish reviews as the team’s highest-graded defensive lineman but still didn’t clear 70.0. He led the team in total pressures with four.

Linebackers

Cole Holcomb (70) and Jamin Davis (54) led Washington's linebacker room in defensive snaps played. Holcomb was the more impressive with three defensive stops, but neither player made enough impact plays to make a difference in the outcome.

Secondary

Safety Jeremy Reaves allowed a team-high 80 yards, two first downs and a score on PFF’s first review of the broadcast film. None of the Washington defensive backs recorded a forced incompletion on the day, either.

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