Commanders 32, Eagles 21 (game summary)
The Eagles lost against the Washington Commanders 32-21 despite having several opportunities, as a result of four errors. With an 8-1 record, the Eagles have a one-game advantage over the rest of the NFC East. With a 5-5 record, the Commanders are still very much in the mix.
The Washington offence controlled the game with the running assault, retaining possession for 40:24. And converting 12 third-down opportunities as the Commanders forced four turnovers.
Jalen Hurts, the quarterback, completed 17 of 26 passes for 175 yards, two touchdowns, an interception, and a passer rating of 94.2. Hurts scored a running touchdown as well in the opening frame. On 12 carries, running back Miles Sanders picked up 54 yards. Quez Watkins, a wide receiver, gained 80 yards receiving but lost a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter on a 50-yard reception.
• The defence was about to force a three-and-out when safety Reed Blankenship hit punter Tress Way on fourth down. Earning him a roughing-the-punter penalty. It had no benefit for the Commanders.
The very next play saw defensive end Josh Sweat strip quarterback Taylor Heinicke of the ball. Which was later recovered by defensive lineman Marlon Tuipulotu at the 18-yard line for Washington.
The Eagles promptly took advantage of the error by running into the end zone three times in a row. With 12:21 remaining in the first quarter. Quarterback Jalen Hurts gained 12 yards on a planned QB keeper before sneaking the ball in from one yard out two plays later to score the game’s first touchdown and make it 7-0.
• If you’re keeping track at home, the Eagles have the most strip sacks in the NFL this year with seven. Following the touchdown, the Eagles are second in the NFL with 67 points scored off turnovers.
• The Commanders reduced the Eagles’ advantage with a 44-yard field goal by Joey Slye. But not before an unexpected development. Running back Brian Robinson Jr. was stopped on 3rd-and-1 from the Eagles’ 22 by defensive end Brandon Graham and linebacker T.J.
Edwards. The Commanders seemed to go for it on 4th-and-1 and even snapped the ball to Curtis Samuel, the wide receiver who was crossing the formation, but Washington was assessed a delay of game penalty.
• A defensive end with a potential injury On the field goal drive for the Commanders, Josh Sweat left the game.