The Post dives into Week 1 with our full round up of postgame news and analysis. Review all the pivotal plays below, and discuss it all in the comments thread.
Postgame news and analysis
Final: Eagles prevail, 30-17
A last gasp by the Redskins amounted to nothing and Washington opens the season with a loss for the fifth season in a row.
Kirk Cousins finished the day with 23 completions on 40 attempts for 240 yards. He threw a touchdown, but the interception and the late-game fumble will likely be the lasting images from Week 1.
Washington’s running game could never get going, amassing 64 yards on 16 carries. Cousins and Rob Kelley tied for the team-high with 30 yards each.
Terrelle Pryor Sr. led the receivers with six catches for 66 yards on 11 targets, but also had several drops that proved costly.
Replay unkind as Eagles return fumble for touchdown
A controversial play could serve as the decisive blow to the Redskins in the season opener.
Brandon Graham apparently stripped the ball from Kirk Cousins and Fletcher Cox returned the fumble for a touchdown. Officials reviewed the play but the ruling on the field of a fumble and a touchdown was upheld. A two-point conversion from Carson Wentz to Alshon Jeffery pushed the score to 30-17.
The decision was far from clear to those watching the replay on television or at the stadium, however.
Eagles push lead to five with two minutes left
Another Caleb Sturgis field goal, this one a 37-yarder, moved the score to 22-17 in favor of Philly with 1:59 remaining.
The Redskins now need a touchdown and will have to go 75 yards to get it following the kickoff.
Interception halts potential scoring drive for Washington
Make that three turnovers for the Redskins. Kirk Cousins guided Washington’s offense into the red zone, but he was picked off by safety Jalen Mills on third down. Cousins overthrew Jamison Crowder as he sensed pressure. The pass sailed over Crowder, who is listed at 5-foot-8, and into Mills’s hands. Washington had a chance to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, down 19-17, on the drive. Instead, the Redskins wasted an opportunity to put points on the board.
Third-quarter analysis: Where’s Doctson?
Through three quarters, second-year wide receiver Josh Doctson largely has been MIA. He played on one series, but has yet to make a catch. In fact, Doctson has yet to receive a single target.
Ryan Grant has gotten the bulk of the snaps that would’ve gone to Doctson, and Grant has three catches for 45 yards. On Washington’s final possession of the third quarter, Brian Quick was in at that spot, and he had a first-down catch for 11 yards.
It’s a curious case. All week, Doctson has practiced and looked good, according to coaches and teammates. Many teammates have raved, saying he looks like their best pass-catcher. But for whatever, reason, the 2016 first-round pick is not a part of the game plan. — Mike Jones
Hopkins hits from 33 yards
The Redskins answered the Eagles’ second-half score with a field goal of their own, closing the gap to 19-17. Washington drove 66 yards on 16 plays prior to the field goal.
Sturgis hits another field goal
The Eagles pushed their lead to 19-14 coming out of halftime thanks to a 42-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis. That followed a nine-play, 51-yard drive by Philadelphia to open the third quarter.
After yet another slow start, Jay Gruden’s squad found life in the second quarter and have made a game of this, erasing a 13-0 deficit before going in at halftime down 16-14.
Credit the defense for changing the tone of this game. First came Ryan Kerrigan’s pick-six, then on the next series, Kerrigan and Matt Ioannidis split a sack, Zach Brown had a hit on Carson Wentz, and Washington shortly after got the ball back and marched downfield to score its first offensive touchdown – a 29-yard catch-and-run by Chris Thompson.
In addition to doing a better job of taking care of the ball, the offense has done a better job of mixing in the run to keep the Eagles off-balance, and Cousins has spread the ball around more, going to Thompson and tight end Jordan Reed in clutch situations.
The Redskins’ defensive backs are doing well in coverage. Kendall Fuller, Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland all came close to intercepting passes while preventing big plays by the Eagles.
In addition to Kerrigan, the Redskins are getting a lot from inside linebackers Zach Brown and Mason Foster. Brown is all over the place, recording seven tackles, and Foster has five tackles. — Mike Jones
Sturgis gives Eagles lead again
Though he missed an extra point earlier in the game, Philadelphia kicker Caleb Sturgis converted a 50-yard field goal to end the first half and give the Eagles a 16-14 lead at the half.
Eagles tackle Jason Peters leaves game
Just before halftime the Eagles may have sustained another major blow, as nine-time Pro-Bowl left tackle Jason Peters left the game.
Washington pulls ahead on sensational Chris Thompson catch and run
Chris Thompson is quickly earning that two-year contract extension he received earlier this week. Washington’s third-down running back caught a check down pass that resulted in a 29-yard touchdown reception. Although it looked like a play that would go for a short gain, Thompson absorbed a few hits, and spun his way into daylight to give the Redskins their first lead of the game, 14-13, with less than two minutes left in the first half. — Master Tesfatsion
Analysis: Can turnover turn the tide?
The turnover contest continues. With the Eagles backed up deep in their own territory, defensive end Stacy McGee tipped a Carson Wentz pass, and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan intercepted it at the 24 and returned it for a touchdown to put the Redskins on the board. If you had Kerrigan scoring the first touchdown of the 2017 season, then good for you. But the play came at the perfect time, because Washington’s offense had yet to find any sustainable rhythm.
After looking to receivers on his first eight pass attempts, Kirk Cousins finally went to Jordan Reed and connected. But Reed slipped one yard shy of the first-down marker, bringing on another fourth down. Washington’s punt unit downed the ball at the 6, and three plays later Kerrigan picked off the pass. That’s the third interception of his career, and as was the case with the other two, Kerrigan’s third career touchdown. We’ll see if this play can change the complexion of the game or not. The Redskins forced a punt after recording two sacks on Wentz, one by Zach Brown and another split by Kerrigan and Matt Ionniddis. — Mike Jones
The first Redskins TD of 2017 goes to …
Yet another Carson Wentz pass turned into a touchdown, but this one was scored by the Redskins. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan picked off a tipped pass and returned it 24 yards for the touchdown to pull Washington back to a six-point deficit.
Eagles lose Ronald Darby
Cornerback Ronald Darby was carted off the field with 11:51 remaining in the second quarter. Darby was acquired in the offseason from the Buffalo Bills to help shore up the Philadelphia secondary.
Eagles strike again
The Redskins’ second turnover turned into points for the Eagles. Jamison Crowder muffed a punt return, which was recovered by Trey Burton, during the first quarter. It turned into an eight-play, 39-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown reception to running back LeGarrette Blount. Although the extra point was missed, it placed Washington in a 13-0 deficit early in the second quarter. — Master Tesfatsion
Early analysis: Offensive line concerns, Pryor struggling
The Redskins and Eagles have combined for three turnovers and the first quarter hasn’t even ended. A Fletcher Cox strip-sack killed Washington’s promising second possession of the game. Cox overwhelmed Moses on a rush from the outside and got to Cousins, stripping him of the ball before the quarterback even saw him. Nigel Bradham recovered, giving the Eagles the ball at their own 48. But the Redskins’ defense answered when Kendall Fuller broke up a backwards pass behind the line to Nelson Agholor. A crew of defenders swarmed to the ball, but Mason Foster recovered. Washington’s Jamison Crowder also fumbled a punt return.
So far, what we’ve seen from the Redskins’ offensive line has been a disconcerting. Pass protection is an issue. The Eagles do have a quality defensive front, but Washington’s linemen have to give Cousins more time. He has either drawn hits as he’s thrown the ball, or had to rush throws with pressure coming in.
Another unsettling element thus far: Terrelle Pryor’s early showing. He has had trouble tracking the ball in the air. He got turned around looking for a ball on the first play of the game – a downfield attempt – and then he again seemed to have the same problem as he beat his defender for what should’ve been a 50-yard touchdown catch on Washington’s third possession. Pryor didn’t get his hands up to catch the ball until too late. He has a helmet visor on, so you’d think that would help with the sun. But so far, the Redskins’ new receiver is struggling. — Mike Jones
Fuller, Foster team up for a turnover
After turning the ball over themselves, the Redskins got the ball right back when CB Kendall Fuller broke up a backwards pass by Carson Wentz and ILB Mason Foster recovered the fumble at the 50 yard line. Washington failed to move the ball however, punting it back to the Eagles.
Second drive sputters after strip sack
Washington pushed into Philadelphia territory, thanks in large part to a 34-yard catch and run by WR Ryan Grant, but a strip sack by the Eagles Fletcher Cox on Kirk Cousins gave the Eagles back the ball.
Eagles strike first
Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz eluded two pass rushers before uncorking a 58-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Nelson Agholor to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 11:28 remaining in the first quarter.
Just when you thought the Redskins defense was finding a rhythm, it gave up the big play. Carson Wentz eluded two defenders, weaving around the pocket to find wide receiver Nelson Agholor wide open for the 58-yard touchdown. Safety D.J. Swearinger had a chance to make the touchdown-saving tackle, but couldn’t bring Agholor down. The busted coverage was a result of Washington’s defensive line being unable to bring Wentz down on third down, following a greak breakup by Josh Norman and a sack by Preston Smith on the first two plays. — Master Tesfatsion
Two third-and-longs on first drive
The Redskins wanted to start fast on offense, but the same problems persist. Ineffectiveness on first and second down lead to less-manageable third down situations. Kirk Cousins and Terrelle Pryor connected on the first — a 12-yard strike on a third-and-11 crossing pattern — but then on third-and-11 again, Cousins threw a near interception going for Pryor again. Washington has two rushes for a loss of a yard each. Cousins also has two incomplete passes – one on first down, one on a second down. Jay Gruden constantly talks about the need to put themselves in manageable situations, but that hasn’t happened yet. — Mike Jones
Redskins healthy and ready to roll
The Washington Redskins opened their season against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field Sunday and did so with a full-strength roster.
The team’s three players listed as questionable on the Week 1 injury report — WR Jamison Crowder, C Spencer Long and OLB Ryan Anderson — are all active against the Eagles.
Anderson — the Redskins’ second-round pick out of Alabama — hasn’t played since week one of the preseason because of a stinger in his neck. We’ll see what kind of role he has today, but he’ll be behind Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith and Junior Galette in the outside linebacker rotation. He could see time on special teams as well. — Mike Jones
Philadelphia Eagles (0-0) at Washington Redskins (0-0)
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET, FedEx Field
Radio: 980 AM; 92.7 and 94.3 FM
SiriusXM: SIRI 134 or 83, internet 831
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Line: Eagles by 1, o/u 48
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Eagles roster | Depth chart | Injury report
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Here’s the full list of Week 1 inactives for the Redskins and Eagles:
No. 34 RB Mack Brown
No. 38 CB Joshua Holsey
No. 40 LB Josh Harvey-Clemons
No. 68 G Tyler Catalina
No. 69 T T.J. Clemmings
No. 72 DL Anthony Lanier II
No. 87 TE Jeremy Sprinkle
No. 18 WR Shelton Gibson
No. 32 CB Rasul Douglas
No. 34 RB Donnel Pumphrey
No. 36 CB Dexter McDougle
No. 51 DE Steven Means
No. 67 G Chance Warmack
No. 98 DT Elijah Qualls