NFC East Week 1 Recap
Eagles 32, Redskins 27
Welcome back, DeSean Jackson! In his first game back in an Eagles uniform, Jackson had 8 catches for 154 yards and two long touchdowns to help the Eagles overcome an early 17-0 deficit. Alshon Jeffery also scored twice to spark an offense that looked lost in the first quarter and a half. The Eagles dominated the second half, holding the Redskins to under 10 minutes in total time of possession. Defensively, giving up 380 yards passing to Case Keenum is nothing to be proud of and they’ll have to clean that up. Cornerback Rasul Douglas gave up two touchdowns and was a Keenum overthrow away from giving up a third. They did, however, hold Derrius Guice to under 20 yards rushing. Andrew Sendejo had an up and down first game as an Eagle. He has the second most tackles on the team but pulled a double whammy on the first Washington touchdown as he lost Vernon Davis in coverage and then was one of three Eagle defenders to miss tackling him.
For Washington, blowing a 17-point lead has to be very disappointing. After two long touchdowns to Davis and rookie Terry McLaurin, the offense basically disappeared until the last minute of the game. The running game with Guice was essentially nonexistent. One has to question the decision to not activate a healthy Adrian Peterson. On defense, they started out well, holding the Eagles off the scoreboard until late in the first half. The wheels fell off after halftime though as Philadelphia put up 25 second half points. After the game, Washington defenders were blaming a lack of communication and cohesion from not playing together much in the preseason.
Cowboys 35, Giants 17
For the Giants, this game was very much a continuation of last season. Saquon Barkley was efficient on the ground, Evan Engram was the only factor in the passing game, and Eli Manning’s clock as the starter is ticking. Manning continued his reliance on the short passing game, very rarely attempting passes over 10 yards. At one point, as the Giants were down multiple scores in the 4th quarter, TV cameras consistently panned to Daniel Jones on the sidelines. If they continue to lose, he could be starting sooner rather than later.
After giving up a touchdown on the opening drive, this was complete dominance in every facet by Dallas. Dak Prescott threw four touchdowns to four different receivers, and compiled a perfect passer rating, completing 25 of 32 passes for 405 yards. Ezekiel Elliott, fresh off signing his new contract, chipped in 53 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
Next Weeks Schedule
- Cowboys @ Redskins-12:00 cst
- Bills @ Giants-12:00 cst
- Eagles @ Falcons-12:00 cst