By Max Harper
Okay, the Eagles have finally lost.
And, you can blame the refs who missed a face-mask call against Dallas Goedert.
Or you can blame Jalen Hurts, who had an unusually quiet night, with a pick to go with three Birds fumbles.
But the real reason the Commanders won 32-21 was their run game and the Eagles inability to stop it.
Washington stayed committed to its game plan, which was to run on first and second down, and get into manageable third downs.
The Commanders gained only 152 yards for 3.1 yards per carry, but running backs Brian Robinson (26 rushes for 86 yards) and Antonio Gibson (14 carries for 44) ran hard all night and exploited the absence of Jordan Davis at nose tackle.
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“They were five yards on first down, two yards on second down, or three yards on second and they were converting on third,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said.
“They had 21 third downs. That’s a lot. So they stuck to their game plan.”
Washington ran 51 plays to the Eagles’ 19 in the first half and held a time of possession advantage of 23:49 to 6:11. They converted 9 of 12 third downs by the break.