One step forward, one step back: Grading the Eagles’ win over Redskins


The Eagles scored 13 late points to clinch a backdoor cover and an important win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. But how did the team play in comparison to last week? It’s whiteboard and marker time again, folks!


It was a tale of two halves for Carson Wentz. On one side of the coin, a daredevil quarterback making salivating throws and putting the league on notice. On the other, someone who still struggles pocket-awareness and continues to cough the ball up (but get away with it).

Overall, it’s hard to fault Wentz here, who threw for 266 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT against the Redskins with not a single catch from a wide receiver not named Greg Ward Jr.

Wentz had a bumpy spell to start the second half, but was absolutely surgical outside of that and made some simply mesmerizing throws. The face of the franchise is hitting his stride at the perfect time.

Grade: B

Running back

Miles Sanders left fans purring on Sunday. 122 rushing yards (6.4 per carry), 1 rushing TD, 1 receiving TD, and 50 receiving yards headlined his most productive performance as an NFL running back so far. Sanders was key in helping sustain offensive drives and was aided by Boston Scott, who outside of a fumble, put together another nice outing.

This was the Miles Sanders show for the most part, as he proved that he can take on a bell-cow workload and is ready to take the next step in his development. 19 carries is a lot for a single back in this system, but Sanders made it look easy.

Grade: B+

Offensive line

Big V had himself a nice day at the office, all things considered. The Eagles offensive line did seep some pressure through, with Wentz being hit 6 times and sacked twice, but for the most part, they were able to keep names like Jonathan Allen and Landon Collins relatively quiet.

Grade: B-

Tight end

YAC Ertz broke a tackle and Dallas Goedert hauled in a tricky pass for a stunning reception. Those are the biggest takeaways, but the duo combined for over 100 receiving yards, taking some weight off the shoulders of Carson Wentz and providing to be huge security blankets in the absence of WR help.

Grade: B-

Wide receiver

JJAW played the most snaps of any skill-position player and had little to show for it. By that, I mean a dropped touchdown and a penalty. If not for a fourth-quarter surge from Greg Ward Jr. that stole the hearts of every Philadelphian in existence, this grade would be a lot lower, but the former Houston QB’s 61-yard breakout had the most heart-warming ending imaginable, with a touchdown that effectively won the game.

Grade: C-

Defensive grades are listed on the page below.

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