LANHAM – A trip to “Wentzylvania” and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadephia, PA proved to be a house of horrors for the Washington Redskins.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz showed why he will have no sophomore slump by extending plays and drives with magical precision as Philadelphia earned its sixth win of the season after dismantling the Redskins, 34-24, on Monday Night Football.
Wentz went 17-of-25 for 268 yards and four touchdowns while also showing his elusiveness on the ground with a career-high of 64 rushing yards.
“We worked our tails off all offseason,” Wentz said. “We just knew that we had to weather the storm. We made enough plays to win the ballgame. We have a long way to go, but I love this team, and I really like where we are going.”
Washington struck first on its opening drive when rookie kicker Nick Rose knocked down a 27-yard field goal. Eagles kicker Jake Elliott answered back when he nailed a 50-yard three-pointer early in the second quarter to knot the game up at three.
Wentz had the juice, and he wasn't afraid to use it as he rallied his troops to score 17 unanswered points going into the third quarter.
The North Dakota State University product found rookie wideout Mack Hollins for a 64-yard touchdown, hit Zach Ertz from four yards out for another score, and then connected with Corey Clement to complete the scoring sequence before the Redskins woke up offensively late in the third.
Not to be overshadowed, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for more than 300 yards including two touchdown tosses to Jordan Reed, but didn't have much time to throw, nor operate, as the Eagles played keep away with the time of possession during the second half.
Cousins had more rushing yards (18) than starting tailback Robert Kelley and the lack of a potent rushing attack attributed to the Redskins demise. Playaction passes did not develop based on the Eagles’ lack of respect for a Redskins’ running back committee that accounted for just 54 yards.
Wentz hooked up with Nelson Agholor in the fourth quarter, and Elliott hit a field goal for the final Eagles score of the contest. Washington failed to secure an onside kick to extend the game and dropped its third loss of the season.
Washington sits at 3-3 and desperately needs a divisional victory to stay relevant in the NFC East. The Redskins will have an opportunity to obtain that win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, which may prove to be a must-win contest for the Burgundy and Gold.
“We do believe that we have guys that can play,” Cousins said after the loss. “We just have to find a way to score points. I think tonight we weren't as good on third down and that set us back. We just need to find a way to stay on the field and score more touchdowns.”