By Michael Donovan
Okay, it’s taken 12 games but the 2018 Eagles offense finally looks like the juggernaut that plowed through to the Super Bowl title exactly 10 months ago today!
Let’s hope it’s not a mirage.
Carson Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, Darren Sproles ran for a score, and the Eagles stayed alive for the NFC East title with a 28-13 victory over the depleted Washington Redskins, who lost yet another quarterback to a broken leg.
The Eagles (6-6) won consecutive games for the first time since Nick Foles led them to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.
Washington (6-6) lost Colt McCoy, the backup quarterback in his second game replacing the injured Alex Smith — who broke his right tibia and fibula on Nov. 18 — to a leg injury of his own. Mark Sanchez took over for McCoy early in the second quarter.
Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said after the game that from what he understood, McCoy had fractured his fibula and would miss the rest of the season.
Adrian Peterson ran 90 yards for a touchdown on Sanchez’s first play under center, giving Washington a 10-7 lead. It was the longest run the Birds had allowed in franchise history, but the Eagles’ deficit did not last long.
Wentz, who has not scrambled much since returning in Week 3 from an operation to repair two knee ligaments, did not run for any yards. But he was on the move quite a bit, on both designed rollouts and plays in which he improvised.
Sproles put Philly up by 14-10 on a 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Wentz threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Jordan Matthews and connected with Golden Tate on a 2-point conversion to extend the lead to 22-13 early in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles twice failed to score inside the red zone and still managed to post their second-highest point total this season.
They had a first down at the Redskins’ 2-yard line in the second quarter, but Josh Adams was stopped for a loss on fourth down from the 1.
In the third quarter, the Eagles had a first down at the Redskins’ 5, but Wentz threw right to Josh Norman for an interception.
Wentz finished 27 of 39 for 306 yards. He came out firing, leading the Eagles to a score on their opening drive for only the third time season.
On first-and-15, he scrambled out of the pocket, motioned for Tate to go deep and lofted a 19-yard pass down the left sideline. Wentz finished the drive by firing a 6-yard touchdown pass on the run to Tate.