The Philadelphia Eagles defense put up a dominant performance to spoil Carson Wentz’s first game against his former team, finishing with nine sacks and six points allowed in a 24-8 drubbing of the Washington Commanders. The nine sacks by Philadelphia are the most by any team in the NFL this season. It also finished with 17 quarterback hits on Wentz.
Wentz was hit throughout the day — by the defense and on the stat sheet. He finished 25 of 43 for 211 yards and no touchdowns. He entered Week 3 tied for the league lead with seven touchdown passes. Wentz, who had two fumbles on the afternoon, has 69 career fumbles in 88 career games.
The Eagles scored all 24 of their points in the second quarter, not having to do much in the second half as Washington’s offense struggled to make a rally. Jalen Hurts finished 22 of 35 for 340 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions to pace the Eagles, even though most of the damage was done in the first half. Hurts started 1 of 5 in this one before completing 12 of his next 14 passes — including two touchdowns — to lead the Eagles offense in building a 17-0 lead and essentially putting the game away.
Hurts threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert on a screen pass to put the Eagles up 10-0 early in the second quarter and a 9-yard pass to A.J. Brown to give Philadelphia a 17-0 lead. Brown, who caught his first receiving touchdown with the Eagles, finished with four catches for 75 yards.
Hurts went 18 of 27 for 279 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in the first half. DeVonta Smith had seven catches for 156 yards in the first half — including 45- and 44-yard catches to spark two Eagles scoring drives. Smith’s 156 receiving yards in the first half were the most by an Eagles player since Kevin Curtis in 2007 — and the second-most in franchise history. His 2-yard touchdown catch to end the half put Philadelphia up 24-0, essentially putting the game out of reach for Washington.
Hurts became the third player since 2000 with 250 pass and rush yards in the first half of three straight games. The others to do it were Patrick Mahomes (2019) and Aaron Rodgers (2014). Hurts produced 361 total yards in the victory. Smith finished with eight catches for 169 yards and a touchdown.
Below are the top takeaways from the Eagles’ win over the Commanders. For a recap of this game, all the updates and analysis are detailed in the live blog below.
Why the Eagles won
The Eagles defense turned in a near-flawless performance in the rout of Washington, sacking Wentz nine times and having 17 quarterback hits. Philadelphia had 16 pressures in the win to go with six hurries, preserving the lead as it dominated Washington’s offensive line throughout the afternoon.
The only points the Eagles defense allowed was late in the fourth quarter when the game was out of hand. Philadelphia also allowed just one catch of 20-plus yards after Wentz led the league with 10 20-plus completions after two weeks. Wentz was also held without a touchdown pass as well.
The defense has allowed just 15 points over the last two games.
Why the Commanders lost
Washington’s offensive line allowed 16 pressures and nine sacks, but Wentz also held onto the ball too long and had two fumbles. Wentz was just 3 of 10 for 24 yards in the first half and couldn’t pull Washington out of an early hole as the Commanders punted on eight of their first nine possessions (the other was a Wentz fumble) and turned the ball over on downs on the next two possessions.
Eleven of their possessions ended with punts (eight), a fumble and two turnovers on downs. That offense is too inconsistent to win games consistently at the NFL level. Washington didn’t even have an opportunity to come back.
DeVonta Smith had a 45-yard catch that ignited the Eagles passing game and set the tone for the rest of the day, making this acrobatic grab on a Jalen Hurts ball with 1:20 left in the first quarter. Ron…