NFL Week 8 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 38, Washington Commanders 31

2T49J14 Philadelphia Eagles running back D'Andre Swift (0) scoring a touchdown against the Washington Commanders during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Landover, Md. Eagles won 38-31. AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Philadelphia Eagles arrived in Washington for an NFC East showdown, where they were able to hold on for another win and move to 7-1 on the year.

Offensive spotlight: A.J. Brown hauled in eight receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns on the day, including a remarkable one-handed catch on a back-shoulder with Benjamin St-Juste draped all over him.

Brown’s 130 receiving yards in this game made him the first wide receiver in NFL history to post 125 or more receiving yards in six straight games.

The Commanders got off to a hot start as Sam Howell connected with Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson for the first two touchdowns of the day. Howell had a strong day passing the ball — especially considering the matchup — finishing 39-of-52 for 397 yards against a very good Eagles defense, though he did throw a key fourth-quarter interception that led to an Eagles touchdown.

Howell, as the most-sacked quarterback in the league, had done a really good job of avoiding sacks in this one until late in the fourth quarter on fourth down when Haason Reddick was able to get home and essentially clinch this game for the Eagles.

Defensive spotlight: The Commanders run defense put on a really strong performance for most of this game, holding Philadelphia to 59 yards on the day. Washington even did the seemingly impossible by stopping the Eagles’ quarterback sneak by forcing a fumble on the play. Unfortunately, on the next Eagles sneak attempt late in the game, they ran a counter run, which led to a D’Andre Swift touchdown to seal the win.

Montez Sweat, rumored to be on the trade block this week, showcased his talent by delivering a sack and five total tackles. 

Rookie spotlight: The Eagles deployed rookie third-round pick Sydney Brown as their primary nickel corner in this game, marking Brown’s second start of the year after filling in for the injured Reed Blankenship at safety last week. He recorded a very impressive five defensive stops in this game.

Box Score

Passing
Philadelphia Eagles
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Jalen Hurts 31.4 29 / 38 319 8.4 4 0 2 135.8
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Sam Howell 35.0 39 / 52 397 7.6 4 1 1 114.0
Rushing
Philadelphia Eagles
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Jalen Hurts 31.4 4 6 1.5 0 7 1
D'Andre Swift 14.4 16 57 3.6 1 9 0
Kenneth Gainwell 6.6 2 -4 -2.0 0 0 1
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Sam Howell 35.0 3 11 3.7 0 5 0
Brian Robinson Jr. 9.9 10 59 5.9 0 29 0
Antonio Gibson 9.2 2 14 7.0 0 8 0
Dyami Brown 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
Receiving
Philadelphia Eagles
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD
A.J. Brown 36.0 8 8 130 16.2 16.2 2
DeVonta Smith 22.9 7 7 99 14.1 14.1 1
D'Andre Swift 14.4 3 2 7 2.3 3.5 0
Julio Jones 7.8 2 1 8 4.0 8.0 1
Dallas Goedert 7.6 7 4 36 5.1 9.0 0
Kenneth Gainwell 6.6 5 5 30 6.0 6.0 0
Olamide Zaccheaus 1.5 2 1 5 2.5 5.0 0
Boston Scott 1.4 1 1 4 4.0 4.0 0
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD
Jahan Dotson 27.8 10 8 108 10.8 13.5 1
Jamison Crowder 22.5 7 7 95 13.6 13.6 1
Terry McLaurin 17.3 12 5 63 5.2 12.6 1
Logan Thomas 16.4 8 6 44 5.5 7.3 1
Brian Robinson Jr. 9.9 2 2 20 10.0 10.0 0
Antonio Gibson 9.2 5 5 28 5.6 5.6 0
Curtis Samuel 6.2 4 4 22 5.5 5.5 0
John Bates 2.7 1 1 17 17.0 17.0 0
Alex Armah 1.0 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
Byron Pringle 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0
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