The Philadelphia Eagles’ undefeated streak came to a screeching halt with Monday night’s loss to the Washington Commanders.
Though the Eagles (8-1) boasted an unblemished record heading into the primetime showdown, the Commanders (5-5) exposed one fatal flaw that led to the Philadelphia’s downfall.
The Eagles’ defense, which has been incredibly clutch all season, came up short in third down situations all night long.
Coming into the game, Philadelphia’s third-down defense ranked fourth in the NFL. The Birds were holding opposing offenses to a 37.9 % conversion rate, which makes this effort all the more frustrating.
Washington converted on 9-of-12 third down tries in the first half, most of which came in short-yardage situations. Commanders running back Brian Robinson took advantage of Jordan Davis’ absence in the middle of the Eagles’ defensive line.
Eagles run defense remains a concern without Jordan Davis.— Kevin Negandhi (@KevinNegandhi) November 15, 2022
The Commanders finished the contest 12-for-21 (57%) on third down. This is a team that was 5-for-22 on third down in its past two games.
Ironically enough, the Eagles came up with a huge stop on third down with 1:45 remaining in the fourth quarter. However, defensive end Brandon Graham came crashing into Washington’s Taylor Heinecke resulting in a flag for unnecessary roughness and an automatic first down.
A roughing penalty is called on Brandon Graham pic.twitter.com/A4zeDuoYmI— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) November 15, 2022
The officiating crew definitely left the Eagles out to dry on multiple occasions, as NFL officials continue to have a nightmarish season.
That being said, the Eagles should have never put themselves in that position. This defense has been phenomenal all year long, but just couldn’t close the deal on the money down this week.
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