Instant analysis: Eagles show resiliency and heart in stunning win over Washington


The Eagles week 7 win over Washington was anything but easy. The team are now 6-1 however and have the best record in the NFL. Carson Wentz has thrown for 17 touchdowns this season and this team is looking like a very intimidating playoff contender. Here’s everything you need to know from the win.


Overcoming adversity:
It almost feels as if the Eagles can’t have a game without having to overcome major obstacles. They say bad things come in threes, a slew of penalties, the loss of Jordan Hicks and the injury to Jason Peters may be among the worst three things that could have happened to this team. But they never gave up. The Defense stepped up to the plate in big situations and the Offense exploded in the second half. This Eagles team cannot and will not be stopped. It doesn’t matter what happens or what odds are stacked against them, Pederson’s men just don’t have it in their DNA to give up…and that really is the foundation of a championship team.


Carson Wentz is a legitimate MVP candidate:
Carson Wentz is looking more and more like something out of a video game. His 63 rushing yards were enough to propel the offense down the field and stun the thousands in attendance with some incredible elusiveness. But his leadership and ability to take big hits yet make amazing throws cannot be overlooked. 4 touchdown passes on 25 passing attempts saw Wentz dismantle the Redskins secondary piece by piece. There were some bumps along the way, but there is no doubting that the pride of North Dakota State is leading the MVP race after this weekend. This may have been the best performance we have seen from the Eagles quarterback.


Eagles Offense is terrifying:
There’s no denying that this Eagles Offense is lethal once it gets rolling. Zach Ertz led the team in receiving, adding another 89 yards and a touchdown to his season resume, while Nelson Agholor caught his fifth touchdown in just seven weeks. Add in the first of many for Mack Hollins, the first receiving touchdown for Corey Clement and some big catches in big moments from Alshon Jeffery, and what you have is an offense that can hurt you from just about anywhere. THEY EVEN RUSHED THE BALL MORE THAN THEY PASSED IT…THAT ALMOST SEEMS ALIEN RIGHT? It happened. Against the fourth ranked run defense in the league, it happened. This Eagles Offense is for real.


Defense steps up:
Losing Mychal Kendricks hurt, losing Jordan Hicks just sank the dagger into the heart. But it didn’t stop the Eagles Defense from fighting. Two 3rd & 1’s for the Redskins ended up in punts due to the pass rush prowess and brilliant play from Malcolm Jenkins. Wounded, battered, bruised; this Eagles Defense held Kirk Cousins to 269 yards of passing which is not bad at all. There were some blips along the way, but the Defense did exactly what was asked by Jim Schwartz. Consistent effort, high-motors, and a lot of big plays.


Barnett balls out:
The Eagles first round draft choice now has 3 sacks in 2 weeks…and he isn’t even the starter. The Tennessee product added a tackle for a loss as well and was ruthless today. A costly ‘near’ penalty for an illegal hit set a worrying tone…but his energy and explosiveness off the line of scrimmage soon changed that.


Special teams are special:
Jake Elliott was money from everywhere and Kamu Grugier Hill helped the Eagles special teams unit pin Washington back inside their own half on more than one occasion. A recovered onside kick from Zach Ertz sealed the deal, but Fipp’s unit has been nothing short of great yet again.



Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports