Game Overview: Eagles 24, Commanders 8

• Hurts attempted a pass in the end zone to Smith to open the second quarter, but cornerback Benjamin St. Juste blocked it, his third deflection of the game. Kicker Jake Elliott made a 32-yard field goal for the Eagles’ first points of the game.

• Another possession by Commanders, another capture by Eagles. Graham dropped Wentz a second time and caused a fumble: Javon Hargrave stayed alert and recovered the ball at the Washington 24-yard line. he entered the end zone for 23 yards. The score marked Goedert’s first of the season.

Through five possessions, the Eagles defense allowed Carson Wentz to complete just two total passes for 21 yards on five attempts.

• The Eagles tried it on fourth-and-1 from the Washington 8-yard line with 7:11 remaining in the first half. Hurts passed the ball to Zach Pascal to no avail.

The Commanders took over at their own 9-yard line after turnovers on opportunities. The defense kept up the pressure when coach Nick Sirianni’s prediction came true: Reddick sacked Wentz on third down to end the series.

“(Reddick is) close to having a big game,” Sirianni said Friday.

“That’s my experience with defensive ends sometimes, is maybe they’re quiet for a couple of weeks in terms of the number of hits they give the quarterback or the pressures or the number of sacks. Then boom, like this , he can change like that. I still think he’s close to having a breakout game, which means he’s getting some of the pressure we want on the quarterback.”

• And a great game he had. Reddick’s play set up a scoring possession for the Eagles; Hurts seized the opportunity, completing a 9-yard touchdown pass to AJ Brown. The score marks Brown’s first as an Eagle and the 25th of his career. The Eagles increased their lead to 17-0 with 2:49 remaining in the first half.

• A DeVonta Smith touchdown put the Eagles ahead! The team improved to 24-0 to close out the half after an explosive 11-play, 88-yard final drive, highlighted by a 44-yard reception by Smith.

Smith surpassed his career high for receiving yards in just two quarters: he had seven receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown in the first half alone. Smith logged more than TRIPLE the amount of offense than Commanders’ entire offense; they recorded just 50 yards in that same span.

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